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We are very sad to announce the tragic death of François-Xavier Reverdy, President and owner of PU2U. He suddenly died from a heart attack the night before Wednesday, 13 September 2017.

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Covestro LLC has announced a number of leadership changes that will become effective from 1 February 2018: Jerry F. MacCleary, currently president and managing director of Covestro LLC and head of the Polyurethanes business unit in North America, will become CEO and chairman of the board of Covestro LLC. In addition, MacCleary, who currently represents Covestro as vice chairman of the board, a member of the Executive Committee and an officer at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), will become chairman of the ACC Executive Committee, effective 1 January 2018.

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Markus Richter has been appointed as CFO of the Engel Group. He succeeds Klaus Siegmund, who left the company.

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Walter Atolino, 55, has been appointed as Commercial Director Brazil at Biesterfeld Simko Distribuição S. A., the Brazilian joint venture belonging to Biesterfeld Plastic.

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Geoffrey Chan, 46, has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Shunde Kautex Plastics Technology Co., Ltd., the Chinese subsidiary of German company Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH.

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Effective from 1 September 2017, Olivier Janin has been appointed as vice president of marketing and sales and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of DSM Dyneema.

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Kraton Corporation announced the appointment of Shelley Bausch and Mark Blinn to its Board of Directors, effective from 11 August 2017.

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Franco Annunziato, Bridgestone EMEA’s Vice President and Senior Advisor, has been elected as new President of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA).

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Russell Broome has stepped down as Managing Director of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), effective from the end of August 2017.

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Maureen Thune has been appointed as new chief procurement officer (CPO) of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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Effective from 9 September 2017, Jorge Nogueira has taken over the position as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arlanxeo, the synthetic rubber joint venture between the Cologne-based German company Lanxess and Saudi Arabian oil producer Saudi Aramco.

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