AMPP Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

Isbel Lázaro.
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Textual note taken from AMPP on February 1, 2024

Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – (Feb. 1, 2024) — The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), the global authority in materials protection and performance, has announced Jennifer Colunga as its new chief financial officer. With more than 20 years of progressive experience in finance and operations management, Colunga brings a wealth of expertise to lead AMPP’s financial strategy and drive the company’s continued growth.

At AMPP, Colunga will be a key thought partner to the organization’s chief executive officer (CEO) and executive leadership team. In this capacity, she will have oversight of every facet of AMPP’s financial management. Colunga’s responsibilities encompass various organizational finance functions, including audit, treasury, tax, insurance, operations planning and analysis (OP&A), corporate controllership, and business finance and analytics.

“Our organization’s continued financial strength is vital for AMPP’s capacity to fulfill our mission and generate enduring value for members and customers,” said AMPP CEO Alan Thomas. “Jennifer brings profound financial expertise and a proven track record of accomplishments. With these qualities, she is the ideal leader to guide our talented finance organization and deliver a comprehensive strategic financial vision to propel AMPP toward future growth and success.”

Before this appointment, Colunga served as controller at Pioneer Contract Services Inc., overseeing all aspects, from cash management to audit. In 2021, Colunga served as the vice president of finance and accounting at Gridiron, LLC, where she managed the implementation and integration of NetSuite, enhancing the company’s closing and consolidation process. She successfully integrated a $50M acquisition into the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and oversaw financial policy development, budget planning, risk management, and tax compliance.

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As a former corporate controller at Pharos Marine Automatic Power, Inc., she aligned financial policies, established reporting systems, and navigated the transition of complex global financial operations. As vice president of finance at Microwave Networks Incorporated, Colunga prepared annual budgets, provided quarterly performance updates for the board of directors, and managed treasury functions.

Colunga stated, “I feel fortunate to be part of AMPP’s leadership team and am enthusiastic about guiding its finance organization toward contributing to future success in its evolving strategy.”

Colunga stated, “I am fortunate to join AMPP’s leadership team and am excited to contribute my skills and expertise on this journey toward shared success.”

Colunga holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in Texas. She is also a certified public accountant in the State of Texas.

About AMPP

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is a global community of professionals focused on the protection of assets and the performance of industrial and natural materials. AMPP was established in 2021 following a merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. The new association unites 145 years of corrosion control and protective coatings expertise and service to industry and members worldwide. Today, AMPP is the world’s largest corrosion control and protective coatings organization, serving more than 35,000 members in over 140 countries. AMPP is headquartered in the United States with offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, and additional offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai (training center), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

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