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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 rewards the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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Piotr Gąska has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CQLT SaarGummi Technologies S.à r.l. based in Remich, Luxembourg. Gąska has extensive international expertise in the automotive industry. Through his former position as Director European Region at SaarGummi Automotive in 2014 and 2015 Gąska already knows the company very well.

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James Xue has been appointed as Michelman’s new Country Manager for Greater China. Hired in 2017, he has lead the company’s sales efforts over the past two years, developing customer relationships and building its regional sales team.

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Jeff Uhrig has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novomer, Inc., effective from 18 November 2019. The appointment was announced by Anthony Eisenhut, Chairman and Co-Founder of Novomer. Uhrig will oversee day-to-day business operations and direct efforts to further develop and commercialise Novomer’s catalyst technology.

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Effective from 16 November 2019, Brad Thompson has been appointed as General Manager, Global Sales & Marketing, at Cancarb Limited, a Tokai Carbon Group company. Thompson replaces Peter Donnelly, who was appointed President of Cancarb as of 1 October 2019.

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Effective from 1 November 2019, Osama Arabi Katbi has been appointed as new Vice President Americas for Evonik’s Polyurethanes business, Comfort & Insulation. Based in Allentown, PA, USA, he will be a member of the global Management Team and responsible for leading the business within the Americas region.

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Patrick Popp has been appointed as Faurecia Interiors Executive Vice-President. Effective from 2 January 2020, he will succeed Jean-Michel Renaudie.

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Tracy Garrison, President Hexpol Compounding Americas and Hexpol TP Compounding, has decided to leave the company for a position outside the group. He will leave end of December 2019 and thereafter CEO Mikael Fryklund will be acting President Hexpol Compounding Americas and Hexpol TP Compounding until a successor has been appointed. According to Fryklund, Garrison has been instrumental in the successful growth strategy to considerably expand the Rubber Compounding business in Americas.

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The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society has appointed Lakisha Miller-Barclay as the successor of Ed Miller, executive director, effective from 1 January 2020. Ed Miller has served as the Rubber Division, ACS executive director for almost 19 years and has been the only individual to hold this position. He will be retiring on 15 January 2020, which is his 19th anniversary with the organisation.

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Peter Donnelly has been appointed as new President of Cancarb Limited, a subsidiary of Tokai Carbon. He succeeds Ken Tate, who has elected to retire as of 30 September 2019. Tate will remain in an advisory capacity through to 31 December 2019. Donnelly has worked in various roles at Cancarb over the past 24 years including most recently as VP, Marketing, and prior to that as Director, Quality and Development.

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Effective 1 October 2019 Shruti Singhal is new President of DSM Engineering Plastics. He succeeds Roeland Polet, who will retire mid-2020. Shruti, a US national, joined DSM in July 2018.

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