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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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With effect from 1 May 2019, Donald Chen succeeds Jorge Nogueira as CEO of synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo. Nogueira is retiring after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has announced four new member company representatives as Chairs and Vice Chair for the Product Stewardship, Sustainability and Outreach Committees. These three standing committees are responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization.

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Professor Christian Hopmann, institute director of the IKV Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University, has been honoured as the newest "Fellows of SPE" at Antec 2019, the largest international technology conference. He was nominated by SPE’s Injection Moulding Division (IMD) and received the prestigious award by Dr. Brian Grady, president of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) on 17 March 2019 at Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

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Maysta International has announced the appointment of Kruno Muha as Business Manager EMEA, effective 23 March 2019. In this role, Kruno will be responsible for all Commercial and Technical Service aspects of the EMEA business including the establishment of Technical Service Laboratories and hiring sales and technology staff to support the business. Kruno has multiple years  of experience in the polyurethanes Industry in various technology and commercial roles at companies including Air Products, Eigenmann & Veronelli, Encapsys and Color. Kruno will report to Steve Hulme, VP Commercial Operations.

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Effective from 1 March 2019, Eric Reitano has been appointed as new Business Manager for the Central & South American region for Evonik’s polyurethanes business, Comfort & Insulation.

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Effective from 1 April 2019, Dr. Michael J. Ruf will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the KraussMaffei Group. The COO is a newly created role within the Executive Committee, strengthening the company’s management team. The Executive Committee currently consists of CEO Frank Stieler, CFO Harald Nippel and the heads of the four business segments Injection Molding Machinery (IMM), Extrusion Technology (EXT), Reaction Process Machinery (RPM), and Digital Service Solutions (DSS).

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28. February 2019

Gunnarsson leaves Hexpol

Karin Gunnarsson has decided to leave her position as Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Manager in the Hexpol Group for new challenges, including commitments in new and existing board assignments. The group announced that Gunnarsson will remain in her position during the notice period and possibly longer, until a successor is in place which is estimated to be during the fall 2019.

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Natalia Scherbakoff has been appointed as Director of Technology & Innovation, Performance Plastics, at Trinseo. In this newly created position, she will have global responsibility and oversee a technology portfolio of rigid, soft-touch, and bio-based plastics.

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As of 1 October 2018, the Global Executive Board of VMI Group has been extended to four with the appointment of Mike Norman as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). In his role as CCO, Norman will be responsible for all commercial activities of VMI worldwide.

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Jean-Dominique Senard, Chief Executive Officer of the Michelin Group, has agreed to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renault, effective from 24 January 2019. Senard will continue to serve as CEO of the Michelin Group until his term expires in May 2019.

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