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Sachin Sakhalkar has been promoted to the position of Vice President in charge of the global TPE business at Teknor Apex. Sakhalkar joined the company in 2005 as a new business development manager for the TPE division. In 2011 he was promoted to the position of director of strategic marketing and new business development, and in 2015 he became business manager for the TPE business in the Americas. Before coming to Teknor Apex, he spent seven years with Basell Polyolefins (now LyondellBasell Industries) as manager of strategic marketing and innovation.

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Dr. Rose A. Ryntz, Vice President, Global Advanced Development and Material Engineering at International Automotive Components Group (IAC), has been named the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2018 – 2020. Encompassing industry leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sides of the business, the 16-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.

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Wolfram Diener, 54, currently active as Senior Vice President at UBM Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong, will become the new operative managing director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, effective from 1 October 2018. He succeeds Joachim Schäfer, 64, who will retire from the company at the end of August 2018.

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Alfred Stern, currently Executive Vice President (EVP), was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Borealis, effective from 2 July 2018. In his position as EVP, Stern is currently responsible for the Polyolefins business and Innovation.

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John Sawaya has been appointed as the President and CEO of Arlanxeo USA LLC and Board Member of Arlanxeo USA Holdings LLC. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arlanxeo Canada Inc.

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Nicholas Mitchell has joined Goodyear as new senior director of investor relations. He will report to Christina Zamarro, who has taken on expanded responsibilities as vice president of corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and investor relations. Mitchell joined Goodyear from Northcoast Research Partners where he served as managing director, research analyst since 2009.

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Erica McLaughlin has been appointed as new senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Cabot Corporation, effective from 15 May 2018. McLaughlin has been responsible as vice president of business operations for Cabot’s Reinforcement Materials segment and general manager of the tyre business so far.

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Matthias Zachert, 50, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess for another five years, thus renewing his contract ahead of time.

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Dr. Markus Steilemann, previously Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), has become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Covestro. He succeeds Patrick Thomas, who has retired prematurely on 31 May 2018 by mutual agreement. Thomas’ contract as CEO would have originally ended on 30 September 2018. Thomas has been CEO of Covestro and its predecessor Bayer MaterialScience since 2007.

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Brian Chapman, General Manager of the Elastomers Business Unit of Kuraray America Inc., was elected President International of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) for the year 2018 – 2019.

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