Our Leadership Team


Gautam Ramdas

Vice President of Global Market Development


Gautam has 10+ years of managing the development and delivery of corrosion management solutions to multiple Oil & Gas clients globally. While Gautam is responsible for the growth of the Zerust brand of corrosion mitigating solutions worldwide, he brings his background as an engineer to practical problem solving with clients. He has been on offshore platforms, climbed tank roofs, walked through tank floors under maintenance and cleaned pipelines – all to assist clients with identifying the problems and to select the most effective and economical long term solutions. Gautam has corrosion mitigation patents to his name and multiple R&D and implementation teams to support complex client problems.

Prior to working with NTIC/Zerust, Gautam was a successful consultant working with Fortune 500 companies to streamline supply chains and introduce new technologies for process improvement. With an MBA from the University of Michigan, Gautam specializes in ensuring clients get the best return on investment from solutions they deploy. Gautam works with clients to understand their corrosion problems and can offer inhibitor based solution options that will address their specific corrosion concerns. He is also responsible for Zerust partnerships with contractors and distributors globally.

Whether you are in the Oil & Gas Upstream collection, Midstream, or Downstream markets, he can assist in extending the life of your critical assets.


Kelly Baker

Senior Business Development Manager USA/Canada


Kelly has 15 years of experience in providing corrosion protection for Storage Tanks in North America. Today he is focused on tank and pipeline applications in North America and involved in several other countries around the world. Standard tank bottom, tank roof and pipe casing applications can be designed and proposed very accurately and quickly, but asset designs that are less common can also be addressed using VCIs, in most cases.

Kelly can understand and assist in designing a VCI system that will address your specific corrosion concerns. Whether you are in the Oil & Gas Upstream collection, Midstream, or Downstream markets, he can assist in extending the life of your steel assets.


Derek Dickens



Derek will assist you in designing a solution that will address your corrosion concerns in the United States and Canada. He has 11 years of experience in the pipeline safety and corrosion detection industries covering  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Texas

Standard tank bottom, tank roof and pipe applications can be accurately designed and quickly proposed. In most cases, we can protect less common assets using VCIs.  Areas Derek can address include: asset management, maintenance for on and offshore facilities, rig stacking, mothballing, chime sealing for refineries, tank farms, terminals and casings. 

Whether you are in the Upstream, Midstream, or Downstream Oil & Gas markets, Derek can assist you in extending the life of your critical assets.



Kristian Hovring


Kristian brings a wealth of expertise in preservation specification and building work packages, boasting over a decade of experience in corrosion protection within the oil and gas industry. His extensive background spans from serving major clients in sales to adeptly managing projects. Recognizing the critical significance of corrosion protection, Kristian consistently strives to identify optimal solutions for clients. His track record includes successfully overseeing the stacking of over 30 rigs in lay-up and spearheading substantial spare part preservation programs.


Ruslan Jafarov

Regional Sales Manager / Caspian Region


Ruslan possesses a wealth of expertise with over a decade of offshore and onshore experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. He boasts more than eight years of Team Leader experience, spanning Construction, Tank Inspection Overhaul Program, Asset Rationalization, Field surveying activities, and HSE. Ruslan's adeptness extends to managing craft labor across various disciplines such as Civils, Mechanical, Piping, and more. His skill set includes the supervision of TAR (Shutdown) projects and the ability to foster and sustain effective relationships with engineering and surveying personnel, colleagues, and contractors.

With five years of experience in providing corrosion protection for Storage Tanks in the Caspian Region, Ruslan's current focus centers on tank applications in Azerbaijan, with involvement in multiple countries worldwide. He excels in designing and proposing standard tank bottom, tank roof, and roof legs applications with precision and speed. Additionally, he's well-equipped to address less common asset designs using VCIs in most scenarios.

In his role, Ruslan spearheads the growth of the Zerust brand of corrosion mitigating solutions in the Caspian Region. Leveraging his engineering background, he tackles practical problem-solving with clients. Ruslan's extensive fieldwork spans offshore, onshore, and pipeline corridors, where he aids clients in problem identification and the selection of cost-effective, long-term solutions.

Before joining NTIC/Zerust, Ruslan achieved success as a Team Leader working with BP. In this capacity, he streamlined supply chains and introduced cutting-edge technologies to enhance processes and drive improvements.


Parag Aloni

Regional Sales Manager India, Middle East, IN-ME-NA


Parag Aloni is a highly experienced Chemical Engineer with a career spanning over 16 years. His expertise covers a wide spectrum of activities, including commissioning, proposal development, cost estimation, business development, customer acquisition, technological advancements, emerging market expansion, and key account management. Parag's industry knowledge extends to process technology, engineering, automation, and associated professional services. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Oil & Gas Management.

In his most recent role, Parag served as the leader for the Zerust Oil & Gas brand in the Indian region for the past five years, successfully driving the growth of Zerust's corrosion mitigation solutions with major OMCs and EPC companies. Prior to this, he worked in EPC Sales, collaborating with prominent OMCs, EPCMs, and industries such as Ethanol & Biofuel, Renewable Energy, and Conservation.

Beyond his professional achievements, Parag enjoys pursuits such as cycling, practicing yoga, reading books, and indulging in music.


Kevin Yates

Regional Sales Manager / Middle East


I have accumulated over a decade of experience in the engineering, chemical additive, and lubricant sectors, where I've consistently served diverse customer bases. My primary responsibility entails expanding Zerust's footprint in the Middle East, a mission I accomplish by engaging directly with clients and collaborating with our extensive agent network.





Terry Natale

Product Development Engineer


Terry holds a BS degree in engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a MBA from Ball State University. He is a member of NACE and holds a NACE certificate as a CP tester.

Terry has over 35 years of experience in plastics, paint, coatings and corrosion. He has coauthored papers for NACE and Eurocorr and holds a US patent.