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In recognition of their leadership and contributions to the manufacturing industry, Covestro LLC employees Julia Rubino, Myriam Gateault and Patti Opacic were selected as recipients of the “Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards,” presented by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honour women and their achievements at all levels of the manufacturing industry – from the factory floor to the c-suite.

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Dr. Rose A. Ryntz, Vice President, Global Advanced Development and Material Engineering at International Automotive Components Group (IAC), has been named the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2018 – 2020. Encompassing industry leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sides of the business, the 16-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.

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François Tardif, 55, has been named as Executive Vice President of Faurecia China. He succeeds Jean-Michel Vallin, who is taking his retirement after ten years in Asia.

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Luis Rojo has been appointed as new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Stepan.

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Josef Art has been appointed as new Head of the Business Unit Foam at KraussMaffei Reaction Process Machinery.

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Matthias Zachert, 50, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess for another five years, effective from 1 April 2019.

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Dr. Markus Steilemann, previously Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), has become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Covestro.

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On 22 June 2018, Covestro announced that its Chief Sustainability Officer Richard Northcote passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58. Northcote was a highly regarded leader and visionary in the world of sustainable development, said the company.

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Kim Meng Ng has assumed the position of Vice President Asia at the Infiana Group.

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Mark Vergnano, President and CEO of the Chemours Company, has been named as new officer of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Vergnano will first assume the role of Vice Chairman of the Board and chair of the Council’s Board Finance, Audit and Membership Committee. He will serve in this capacity for one year, followed by a one year term each as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board.

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