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Malte Witt has been appointed as Vice President EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) of Armacell, a specialist in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and provider of engineered foams. Witt succeeds Guillerme Huguen, who will take on the new position of Chief Strategic Development Officer.

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Mayzo Inc. has announced a new President, Eduardo Padilla, and Vice President of Global Operations, Garry Schoolcraft. The two are joined by James H. Jones, Chief Financial Officer, in Mayzo’s Top Executive ranks. Founder/Owner Ben Milazzo has retained the role of Chairman of the Board, while Valarie Milazzo has been elevated to Vice Chairman.

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Christopher Metz (Source: Isopa)

The Isopa General Assembly has elected Christopher Metz, Vice-President of Business Management Isocyanates at BASF, as the new President of the European diisocyanate and polyol producers association. Metz was previously Vice-President of Isopa and succeeds Herman Motmans, Sr. Product Director Dow Polyurethane. The Isopa General Assembly confirmed Erik Vangronsveld, Global Materials & Industry Sustainability Director at Huntsman, as the new Vice-President of Isopa to succeed Metz in this role.

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Phil Lister (Source: Huntsman)

Phil Lister has been appointed as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Huntsman Corporation, effective 1 July 2021. He will replace long-time company veteran Sean Douglas, who recently accepted a full-time calling to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lister will report to Huntsman's Chairman, President and CEO, Peter Huntsman, and will oversee the company's accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, corporate development, information technology, internal audit, investor relations, tax and treasury functions.

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Mathias Schöttke (Source: BASF)

Mathias Schöttke has been appointed Managing Director and Labour Director of BASF Coatings GmbH, headquartered in Münster, Germany, effective from 1 June 2021. At the same time, he will assume global responsibility for Human Resources in BASF's Coatings division. In both functions, he succeeds Sören Bauermann, who has taken on a new position within the BASF Group as Senior Vice President.

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The Chemours Company announced a series of leadership transitions effective 1 July 2021. Mark Newman, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Chemours, succeeding Mark Vergnano, who has served as President and CEO since the company’s founding in 2015. Vergnano will be retiring from the company and assume the position of non-executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors for the balance of 2021, assuring an effective transition of leadership to Newman. In this role he succeeds Richard H. Brown, current Chairman of the Board, who has announced his intention to retire after leading the Board of Directors for the last six years. With these changes, Dawn Farrell, who has served on the Board of Directors since the company’s founding and is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, will become the company’s Lead Independent Director.

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Dietmar Dieing  (Source: private)

Since 1 April 2021 Dietmar Dieing is leading Sesotec’s Plastics Industry division as the new Vice President of Sales.

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Ulrich Reifenhäuser is now a member of the “Plastics Hall of Fame”. (Source: Reifenhäuser)

Ten leading personalities from the international plastics industry were recently inducted into the "Plastics Hall of Fame" - one of them is Ulrich Reifenhäuser, CSO of the Reifenhäuser Group, Chairman of the Exhibitors' Advisory Board of the “K” plastics show and Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association in the VDMA.

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Bryan Whitfield (Source: Texon)

Bryan Whitfield has been appointed as new Group Sales Director at Texon, a producer of sustainable footwear components, materials for consumer accessories and performance fabrics. He succeeds Matt Smith, who leaves Texon after almost a decade of successful service. Whitfield will be based in Dallas, TX, USA.

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Vincent A. Panetta, one of the original founders of Everchem, passed away on 19 March 2021. “Jimmy”, as he was known, worked for about ten years with the other two founders, Bob Daniele and David Patten at Arco Chemical. He was a serial entrepreneur with experiences owning a deli, a restaurant, multiple health clubs, was a stockbroker, and even sold imported vacuum cleaners at local home shows.

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Sheryl Telford has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer at Chemours. A respected and trusted industry expert, Telford has more than three decades of experience in the environmental, safety and health fields in the government, utility and chemistry sectors. She joined Chemours upon its creation in 2015 as Director, EHS and Remediation before being named vice president, environment, health, safety and corporate responsibility in 2018. In her new role, Telford will also play a central role in establishing strategic collaborations and partnerships with external experts, companies, industries and organisations to advance Chemours sustainability efforts and advocate for sustainable, science-based policy and regulation.

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