Deorukhkar will oversee the Paper & Corrugated, Flexible Packaging, Chemical Specialties, and Fibers and Composites segments within the country.
The firm said the move is a key development designed to help introduce its entire portfolio of technology to the market.
His initial responsibilities will include supporting the introduction of products, and crafting a strategic plan to serve customers and prospects in India.
Deorukhkar brings over 25 years of chemical and coatings industry experience, most recently with Lubrizol Advanced Materials where he held the position of Associate Head of South Asia operations.
Michelman is a global developer of water-based barrier and functional coatings for flexible film packaging, paperboard, and corrugated cartons.