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The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) has announced that Robert J. Luedeka, longtime Executive Director of the organisation, died on 31 March 2019 at the age of 69. Luedeka, whose career in the flexible polyurethane foam industry spanned more than four decades, became Executive Director of PFA in January 2005. This followed more than 25 years as an advertising agency executive working for industry clients, including Arco Chemical Company, Union Carbide, Foamex, NCFI Polyurethanes, the Flexible Foam Market Council, and PFA.

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Amyris, Inc. announced the appointment of Kathleen Valiasek, formerly Chief Financial Officer, to Chief Business Officer effective immediately. Valiasek will assume a dedicated role of furthering the company's strategy of collaborating with large, well-funded partners to grow the company's business. Simultaneously, she will continue to oversee the company's financing and investor relations activities.

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After 28 years of successful work, the Co-CEO of the HF Mixing Group Prof. Dr. Andreas Limper is largely retiring from his active career. The company said that the technical progress of mixing processes in the rubber processing industry is closely linked to his work. He shaped many ideas and the resulting developments. Now, after 28 years of successful work at the HF Mixing Group and ThyssenKrupp Elastomertechnik, the Co-CEO of the HF Mixing Group is largely retiring from his active career.

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Covestro LLC announced that Jerry MacCleary will retire from his current position as CEO and chairman of the board, effective 31 December 2019. His retirement caps a 40-year journey at Covestro. He joined the company in November 1979 as an accountant. Since then, he has led a diverse career, spanning roles in sales, marketing, general management and strategic leadership. In 2004, MacCleary was named head of the North American Polyurethanes business – a responsibility he maintained even after taking the helm at Covestro LLC in 2012. MacCleary was named to his current position as CEO and chairman in 2018.

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Carbon black supplier Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has announced the following changes in its executive management team:

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Dr. Christof Boensch has taken over the top management position at Frimo Group, a leading supplier of plastics processing production systems, in January 2019. In October 2018, Michael Stotz stepped into the role of CFO.

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The Supervisory Board of Lanxess AG has appointed Anno Borkowsky to the Board of Management of the specialty chemicals company. At the same time, the structure of the Specialty Additives segment will change as of 1 June 2019 and will then comprise three business units instead of two.

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Continental’s executive board member Nikolai Setzer, 47, has switched to the company’s Automotive Group on 1 April 2019. Hi successor as head of the Tire division and Corporate Purchasing is Christian Kötz, 48, who before headed the Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit.

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King’s School Macclesfield, guided by Opus, have won the prestigious UK Engineering Development Trust’s National Award for Innovation with a new development for cell structure control for flexible slabstock foam.

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The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) has announced the election of Enrico Lucchese as Chairperson of the Group’s Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) for the period 2019-2021. Kenji Kurata has been elected Vice Chairperson. The IAP is formed by 30 industry representatives.

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On 1 April 2019 Dr. Michael J. Ruf has joined KraussMaffei’s Executive Committee (EC) in the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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