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Prof. Georg Menges, Professor emeritus, holder of the Chair of Plastics Processing and long-time head of the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, passed away on 28 February 2021 at the age of 97. Prof. Menges was also holder of an honorary doctorate from the Montan University Leoben, an honorary member of the Board of the Association of Sponsors of the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University as well as a holder of numerous national and international awards.

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Pascal Laborde (Source: Arburg)

Pascal Laborde has been in charge of the French Arburg subsidiary in Aulnay-sous-Bois since 1 November 2020. Arburg SAS was the company’s first foreign subsidiary to be set up back in 1985. Besides Arburg is planning a new building for the subsidiary located in the Greater Paris area spanning approximately 1,600 m2.

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Songwon announced that Philippe Schlaepfer, Leader Division Performance Chemicals / Chief Sustainability Officer, is leaving the company. Songwon said that it has made changes to its leadership structure to streamline the company moving forward.

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Aldo Barucco, 45, is the new sales and marketing manager at Marfran, the Italian TPE specialist based in Corte Franca (BS). In his career, Aldo Barucco, has held leading positions in the field of export management for several important companies.

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Dr. Darijo Mijolović is taking over the management of Gummiwerk Kraiburg GmbH & Co. KG in Waldkraiburg, Germany, and its subsidiaries in Bulgaria and Russia on 1 March 2021. He succeeds Helmut Esefeld, who has successfully managed the company since 2006 and is now going into retirement.

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Krishnendu Ghosh (Source: Era Polymers)

Krishnendu Ghosh has joined the international sales team of Era Polymers Pty Ltd. He is based in Kolkata, India, and will be responsible for Sales and Marketing activities in India and the Middle East.

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Roger Hennington (Source: Everchem)

Roger Hennington has joined Everchem Specialty Chemicals as Technical Sales Manager in November 2020. Hennington has devoted his entire career to the Polyurethane industry and brings avast amount of experience in raw materials such as polyols, isocyanates, silicone surfactants and tertiary amine catalysts. He has held positions in both technical and commercial management and looks forward to working closely with our customers to support their profitable growth.

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Thomas Gangl (Source: OMV AG)

Following the acquisition of the majority shares in Borealis by OMV AG and the intensified and close cooperation between OMV and Borealis, the Supervisory Board of Borealis has decided to appoint Thomas Gangl, currently Executive Board member of OMV AG, as CEO of Borealis, effective 1 April 2021.

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Christian Weber (left), Klaus Schamel (right) (Source: Rampf)

Rampf Polymer Solutions has appointed Dr. Christian Weber as CEO in charge of technology, while long-time CEO Dr. Klaus Schamel is responsible for sales. Weber joined Rampf Polymer Solutions as Head of Development in April 2018. Holding a PhD in chemistry, he is said to be a proven innovation strategist and an experienced project manager.

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Christoph Hauck (Source: Albrecht Bäumer)

On 1 January 2021, Christoph Hauck took over the management of Albrecht Bäumer GmbH & Co. KG as sole managing director. Nina Patisson, the great-granddaughter of the company's founder and former CEO, retired from operations on 1 February 2021, but will continue to support the company in her role as shareholder.

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Lorinda Burgess has been appointed as a director of Stepan Company, effective from 27 January 2021. Burgess currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Americas Region of Medtronic Inc. In her over 20-year career with Medtronic, Burgess has held multiple financial leadership positions covering a range of geographies.

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