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Michael Lüthi, a member of the founding family, has become Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sanitized AG company group on 1 August 2021. He has taken over the position from Urs Stalder, who joined the administrative board after working for the company for over 30 years.

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Mathias Miedreich has been appointed by Umicore’s Supervisory Board to succeed Marc Grynberg as CEO of the group in the fourth quarter of 2021. Marc Grynberg and Mathias Miedreich will work together to ensure an optimal onboarding and a smooth transition of leadership.

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Black Bear has appointed Victor Vreeken as CEO, who started effective 13 August 2021 as successor to Silvio Ghyoot who decided to leave Black Bear to pursue opportunities outside the company.

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After 19 years of service as CFO and Member of the Group Management Committee, Jean-Pierre Mellen has decided to retire on 31 August 2021.

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Hans-Jörg Feigel takes over responsibility for Continental’s central function Strategy and Future Solutions (AMS), effective 1 September 2021. In his role, Feigel also becomes a member of the Management Board of AMS. Feigel, who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering, succeeds Ralph Lauxmann, who took over the overall management lead for a customer project within Continental on 1 August 2021.

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On 25 August 2021, LyondellBasell announced that Chief Executive Officer Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel intends to retire from the company as of 31 December 2021. Patel will continue to lead the company until that time and will ensure a smooth and orderly transition for his successor. Upon his departure, he will also resign from the company's Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has established a sub-committee that will oversee the search for a new CEO and will consider both internal and external candidates.

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Elkem’s CEO Michael Koenig has left Elkem effective 30 June 2021. Helge Aasen will serve as interim CEO until a new CEO is found.

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Michael Willome has been appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Synthomer plc in June 2021. He will succeed Calum MacLean, who announced in January 2021 that he wished to step down once a suitable successor had been identified.

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John Loudermilk has been appointed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Birla Carbon, effective 1 August 2021.

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Plastics and additives distributor Biesterfeld Plastic has appointed Steen Jensen as the new General Manager of Scandinavian subsidiary Biesterfeld Nordic AB. In September 2021 Jensen will succeed Eric Lundén, who is moving on from the company after six successful years.

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Pilar Castellanos Pineda has been appointed as Managing Director of IMCD Colombia, effective 25 May 2021. With 30 years of experience as a business owner in the chemical distribution industry, she takes on the leadership position in Colombia and will be responsible for continuing the growth trajectory of both IMCD Colombia and Siliconas y Químicos, an IMCD company.

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