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Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS) announced that Doug Kramer, the founder and architect of Icynene-Lapolla’s success in the spray foam polyurethane business, has stepped down from his current role as joint President to become a consultant to the Business, focusing on strategic growth initiatives. Kramer will report directly to Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman Polyurethanes, HBS’s parent company. Simon Baker, formerly joint president of HBS, will become the global President of HBS, effective immediately.

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Alphagary has appointed Andy Claytor as Global Business Manager TPE. Andy Claytor will bring over 20 plus years of business development and executive sales experience to the fulcrum of Alphagary’s TPE operation. He comes to Alphagary from a seven-year spell as Vice President, Business Development, North Region with Hexpol Compounding. He also acted as Regional Sales Director for the organization. Prior to his last role, Andy was Director, Key Accounts & OEM Development for Teknor Apex, from 2001 to 2012.

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After more than eleven years in office, the CEO of Continental AG Dr. Elmar Degenhart has informed the Supervisory Board about his intention to resign from his position effective 30 November 2020 for reasons of immediately essential preventive health care. He has asked the Supervisory Board to accept the early termination of his Executive Board directorship and his contract, which would have run until 11 August 2024. Supervisory Board Chairman Prof. Wolfgang Reitzle has announced that he will convene the Supervisory Board shortly to decide on the appointment of the successor to Degenhart.

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HF Mixing Group announced that it is aligning its top management structure. As of 1 October 2020, Mark Meulbroek will be supported by Ian Wilson as Co-CEO focussing on external strategic aspects. In his new role, Wilson will concentrate on the areas of Sales, Aftersales, R+D and Engineering.

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The Board of Hexpol AB has appointed Georg Brunstam President and CEO for Hexpol AB effective 20 November 2020. The company said in a statement issued on 23 October 2020, that Brunstam is currently Chairman of the Board for Hexpol AB, and this assignment will end when he assumes his new role. Brunstam has previously been President and CEO for Hexpol AB 2007-2017.

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Smithers, a leading provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services, appointed Dr. Natalie Jordan as Director of Materials Testing Operations. Natalie Jordan will be responsible for guiding and developing Smithers’ Materials Testing services to support the needs of clients across a range of industries including transportation, energy and industrial components.

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Apollo Tyres has appointed Hizmy Hassen to the newly created position of Chief Digital Officer. He will be based out of the company’s London office, and will be responsible for leading the strategy and operations of Apollo Tyres’ digital journey, including responsibility for Information Technology. Hizmy Hassen will be reporting to Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman and MD, Apollo Tyres Ltd.

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Dr. Johannes Kilian is the new Head of Process Technologies at Engel. (Source: Engel)

Dr. Johannes Kilian is the new Head of Process Technologies at Engel Austria. Following the retirement of Prof. Dr. Georg Steinbichler, Engel has reorganised its development department and is now focusing even more strongly on process technology. Products and solutions for increasing process capability, such as the smart assistance systems of the iQ product family, but also innovative services, have been bundled in the Process Technologies department under the responsibility of Johannes Kilian.

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Dr. Barry Arkles has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Gelest Inc. effective 12 October 2020. Barry Arkles is also the Chairman of the Board of Gelest, the company he co-founded in 1991. On 1 October 2020 Gelest was acquired by Mitsubishi Chemical America (MCA), Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. Barry Arkles’ appointment follows the resignation of Ken Gayer as CEO of Gelest.

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On September 30, 2020, Dr. Heinz Bijoy Prosad Gupta (*1932 in Calcutta, India) passed away in Ratingen, Germany, at the impressive age of 88. He founded this publishing house in 1993. For many years he was editor-in-chief of GAK Gummi Fasern Kunststoffe and until 2019 publisher of various national and international specialist journals for the rubber, polyurethane and TPE industries.

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Christopher McArdle (Source: Borealis)

Borealis has appointed Christopher McArdle as Vice President Polyolefins Strategy & New Business Development effective 1 September 2020. In this role, he will lead Borealis’ Polyolefins (PO) Strategy & New Business Development Portfolio.

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