CAROL A. DUANE ♦ Candidate for President-Elect, American Chemical Society




Carol A. Duane is president of D&D Consultants of Mentor, a management and

marketing consulting company. Her business career includes entrepreneurial

and executive management roles. Duane is expert in strategic planning, strategic

collaborations, networking, team building, entrepreneurial actualization, and is a

champion for ‘chemists as leaders’. Full career details are in the Professional history section . 


Duane is a Fellow and emeritus member of ACS. She has served in governance roles at the division, local section, and national levels for more than 30 years. Currently she is co-chair of the ACS Leadership Advisory Board (LAB), program review subcommittee chair for the Committee on Budget & Finance, alternate councilor and regional meetings chair for the Business Development and Management Division.


In 2018 she was recognized with the national ACS Volunteer Service Award. She received the distinguished honor of being selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2010 and in 2011 she received the ACS Shirley B. Radding Award for volunteer service in ACS.


She has an M.S. from The Ohio State University in physical organic chemistry and a B.A. from the University of Washington. She completed coursework for the Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Illinois.

Professional history

Corporate career

President, D&D Consultants of Mentor, Mentor, OH – 2002 to present

Business development and marketing consulting 

  • Strategic Plans and Implementation strategies
  • Entrepreneurial strategies - research to marketplace.
  • Marketing and Branding

Executive Director, Cleveland Engineering Society, Cleveland, OH –2006 to 2007

Professional engineering and technology membership organization

  • Strategic private-public sector alliances
  • Operations Overhaul
  • Financial stability

Executive Director, NEOBio Corporation, Cleveland, OH –2005 to 2006

Grassroots non-profit organization of bioscience entrepreneurs and startup companies

Ricerca, LLC, Concord, OH – 1980 to 2002

Director, Marketing & Business Alliances – 1999 to 2002

Directed marketing, public relations, branding, advertising, positioning and marketing communications. Developed synergistic marketing programs with business alliance partners. Sales. 

  • Created image and identity as preclinical contract chemistry and safety evaluation services business to pharmaceutical and biotech markets increasing pharmaceutical customers from 15-20% to 60-70%.
  • Repositioned company as premier drug development partner to biotechnology clients from late stage discovery through Phase II clinical development; average value of projects increased from $25K to $500K.
  • Built and managed business alliances forged to complement corporate drug development infrastructure providing integrated drug development from idea to commercial reality. Five major prospects for cooperative offerings identified in six months.
  • Developed effective advertising, PR and exhibition programs, seven-figure sales revenues increased 6% annually, last three years.

Manager Business Development – 1997 to 1999

Oversaw advertising, business development strategy, marketing communications and developed marketing plans.

  • Revamped advertising, branding and exhibitions programs to promote new positioning and enter new market segments. Achieved name recognition in pharmaceutical outsourcing marketplace resulting in increased sales (<25% to >50% in 2 years).
  • Championed and installed web site as primary marketing vehicle, increasing number of unsolicited, qualified Requests for Proposals from 1-2 to 5-10 per week.
  • Led team that developed business plan for new niche market. Defined products, generated leads acquiring several major animal drug companies as customers in two years.
  • Developed sales tracking and customer databases using Microsoft Outlook enabling account development and increased sales productivity.

Manager Corporate Public and Trade Relations - 1986-1992

Various management positions and corporate public and trade relations.

  • Established and developed corporate public relations programs, achieving name recognition and generating several million dollars in sales in first year
  • Published and edited corporate technical newsletter.

Manager Technical Support Services - 1992-1997

Managed four technical support departments and operated profitable information business.

  • Conceived and ran successful commercial information business. Achieved 147% of plan revenues in second year, defraying >50% of half-million dollar corporate library expense budget.
  • Established virtual Technical Information Center via intranet reference services in February 1997, reducing print subscriptions by 80% and eliminating need for one FTE.
  • Replaced text-based word processing systems with Microsoft Office in 1996, eliminating need for word processing center (6 FTEs), improving document quality and reducing preparation time by 50%.
  • Improved QA unit performance and corporate regulatory compliance progressing from unsatisfactory audits to clean EPA GLP audit in three years, while handling a 35% increase in workload.

Other Professional and Supervisory Positions - 1980-1992

Manager, Information Services, Corporate Data Security Administrator, Manager Market Research

Research Information Chemist

Lakeland Community College – 1976 to 1980

Part-time Faculty, Chemistry 


· Ph.D. (coursework completed) Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

· M.S. Physical Organic Chemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

· B.A. Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


  • American Chemical Society
  • Visiting Committee, Dept of Engineering, Cleveland State University
  • Steering Committee, Professional Women’s Institute, Lakeland Community College, Women’s Center.
  • Past Board Member, Partners in Science Excellence
  • Past Editorial Advisory Board Member – Contract Pharma