Eric Breese is an Investment Manager at Evonik Venture Capital. Eric joined Evonik in 2006 and has held positions in Germany and the U.S. within the Advanced Intermediates Business Unit and Corporate Finance. Most recently as Director Innovation Americas and leading the global external growth activities, he successfully led projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas that resulted in acquisitions, relationships with startups, growth stage companies and university research projects supporting external growth. Before joining Evonik, Eric worked held various positions including Chief Administrative Officer (legal), Vice President of Operations/Controller (high-tech & services) and consulting. His professional career began with 8 years in Public Accounting working in Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firms. Eric’s Bachelor’s degree is in accounting he is a Certified Public Accountant and earned an MBA. Eric has previously been a Registered Representative holding both Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.