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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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The Indian company Sheela Foam Ltd. announced that it will acquire Interplasp S.L. with headquarters in Yecla, southeastern Spain, for approximately EUR 42 million. The transaction is scheduled to be completed on or before 30 September 2019, subject to closing conditions.

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Tony Radoszewski has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) effective from 16 September 2019. Radoszewski, a plastics industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the field, joins the association after serving since 2006 as the president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI).

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Dirk Elvermann, until April 2019 Member of the Board of Wintershall Holding GmbH, Finance, Sales and Commercial, has been appointed as new President of the division Finance at BASF. He succeeds Marc Ehrhardt, who will assume responsibility for the establishment of the new division Global Business Services, effective from 1 September 2019, and subsequently its leadership.

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Europur, the European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers, held its annual General Assembly on 12 June 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, during which members elected a new Board of Directors for a mandate of three years, composed as follows:

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Effective from 1 August 2019, Sucheta Govil has been appointed as new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and member of the Management Board of Covestro. She succeeds Dr. Markus Steilemann, who has so far continued to work as CCO on top of his role as CEO. Govil will be responsible for the three business segments Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates as well as Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties.

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Dr. Akira Yoshino, Asahi Kasei Honorary Fellow, has received the European Inventor Award 2019 by the European Patent Office (EPO) in the category of Non-EPO countries for his invention and refinement of the lithium-ion battery.

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Philippe Knaub, senior vice president and chief technology officer of the Media, Pennsylvania-based foam supplier FXI, has joined the board of directors of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam (AFPF), the not-for-profit group that administers the CertiPUR-US foam certification programme.

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Ingeborg Gross, the owner of the Schill+Seilacher/Struktol Group, died on 17 June 2019 following a short illness. According to the company, Ingeborg Gross was an icon at the helm of the group for many years.

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Christopher L. Jahn has been selected to become the next president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), effective late October 2019. Jahn currently serves as president and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and will succeed Cal Dooley, who has led ACC since 2008. Dooley announced his retirement in April 2018.

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BASF has announced the following changes in its management team: Raimar Jahn, President, Performance Materials, BASF Belgium Coordination Center Comm. V., Waterloo, will retire effective 31 August 2019.

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