Deo Persaud founded Aurochemicals in 1994 and has more than 27 years of experience in the industry. In addition to owning the company, he leads Aurochemicals’ research and development of new products and processes. His creative ideas and passion for innovation have over the years resulted in an accumulation of unique processes for products that are of paramount importance in Aurochemicals competitive advantage and success.
Persaud began his career in 1987 working at Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation as a research and development chemist and later a production chemist. In these positions he learned to create new products through research, development and manufacturing. He also learned of compounding and batch processes, incorporating raw materials to make finished products like cough syrups.
At rum producing company Demerara Distillers Ltd. in Guyana, Persaud was a production chemist where he ran the company’s fermentation and distillation processes. He used byproducts from sugar production and fermentation with baker’s yeast to make rum products and also created raw materials for Smirnoff Vodka.
Persaud was also an operator in Brooklyn’s F&C International’s distillation plant where he gained experience in synthesis (manufacturing) of natural chemicals for the food flavor industry. Then, as a production chemist he supervised production of the company’s natural flavor chemicals division, which sold its products to companies such as Snapple, General Mills, Pepsi-Cola, Ocean Spray, Häagen-Dazs, Dannon and Nabisco.
Persaud has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biology with a concentration in Organic Chemistry from the University of Guyana.