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Pearl Polyurethane Systems, one of the largest polyurethane system houses across the Middle East and Africa, has appointed three industry experts to positions of non-executive director. Consistent with the business direction to enhance governance, diversity of management skill, leadership and industry experience, Oliver Bruns, Michael Friede and Wilhelm Lamberts will be joining Pearl Polyurethane at board level as the newly independent Dubai-headquartered company embarks on an ambitious five-year growth plan.

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On the opening day of Utech Europe, Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division, was inducted into the Utech Hall of Fame. He joined a select group of senior polyurethane industry executives and thought leaders whose work in the world of polyurethanes is celebrated. The Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who have made a significant contribution to the global polyurethane industry and have spent at least 25 years working within the sector.

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At Utech Europe in Maastricht (16-18 November) Cannon Group’s CEO Marco Volpato was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Utech Hall of Fame. Volpato delivered this year’s conference’s keynote address.

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In the course of the second quarter of 2022, BASF’s global research activities will be bundled in a central research unit based in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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Patrice Pinsard (Source: Perstorp)

Effective from 18 October 2021, Patrice Pinsard has been appointed EVP Strategic Markets & Innovation at Perstorp. In his new role, Pinsard will drive value creation and growth of Perstorp’s portfolio of speciality chemicals, with emphasis on the focus segments Resins & Coatings and Engineered Fluids.

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Peter Wilkes (left) and Sergej Lazovic (right) (Source: Biesterfeld)

Sergej Lazovic has been appointed as Managing Director of Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH alongside Peter Wilkes with effect from 1 October 2021. Together, the two Managing Directors will be responsible for the ongoing strategic development of the Biesterfeld subsidiary's global business.

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In July 2021 Covestro has extensively realigned its organizational structure. The former three segments Polyurethanes (PUR), Polycarbonates (PCS), and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) have been restructured to form seven new entities. TPE Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Andrea Maier-Richter, the new Head of Covestro’s Business Unit Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, about these new developments.

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During its members meeting of 2 June 2021, the Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) elected a new board. All EPTA board members who stood for re-election have been confirmed again.

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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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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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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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