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Bharat Sharma is KraussMaffei Group’s new head of the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore, from 1 January 2021. In this role, he will be responsible for both the New Machine Business and Digital + Service Solutions. Sharma will report to Nadine Despineux, Executive Vice President of the Digital + Service Solutions division of the KraussMaffei Group.

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For the second year running, Evonik Comfort & Insulation's foam chemist Jane Kniss has received the prestigious Dr. Herman Stone Technical Excellence Award during the Polyurethane Foam Association’s (PFA) annual Fall Meeting. Held online for the first time, November’s meeting still included a full technical programme and was attended by more than 100 executives from foam manufacturers, chemical suppliers, and other companies supporting the industry.

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The management of the Hennecke Group (f.l.t.r.): Rolf Trippler (CSO), Thomas Wildt (CEO) and Christian Kleinjung (CFO) (Source: Hennecke)

Christian Kleinjung has been appointed as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Hennecke Group. Previously, Kleinjung worked as CEO at an international machine tool manufacturer. The business graduate began his professional career as a consultant at a renowned auditing firm and then took on various national and international top management roles in medium-sized industrial companies. He was responsible – also in his role as CFO – for the finance and supply chain management departments, and gained significant international experience, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

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Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner (Source: BASF)

Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner has been appointed as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, effective from 1 February 2021. Maas-Brunner has been with the company since 1997 and has headed BASF’s Nutrition & Health division since 2017. In her new role, she will also take over the position as Chief Technology Officer from Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF. She will assume responsibility for the three research divisions Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Bioscience Research, Process Research & Chemical Engineering as well as BASF New Business at that time. Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE, said: “With Melanie Maas-Brunner, we have appointed a very experienced chemist and strong leader to the Board. During her career at BASF to date, she has successfully set up business areas for the future – with global responsibility as well as in the Asia region.”

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Nicolas Beyl (Source: Single)

Nicolas Beyl has been appointed as Managing Director of the Single Group and Single Holding GmbH effective from 1 December 2020. He succeeds Frank Spork, who has led the company on an interim basis since March 2020. Spork will focus on his role as Director Product Management and will continue to be responsible for the company in this area.

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F.l.t.r.: Davide Pagliarulo, Tiziano Caprara, Tobias Daniel (Source: KraussMaffei)

Tiziano Caprara has taken the position of Managing Director at KraussMaffei Italia. Caprara succeeds Andrea Bottelli, who headed the Italian subsidiary initially for the Netstal brand (now KraussMaffei High Performance) and since 2013 also for the KraussMaffei brand, successfully developing the Injection Molding machinery business in Italy.

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Stanley F. Pauley (Source: Carpenter)

On 23 November 2020, Carpenter Co. announced that Stanley F. Pauley has passed away at the age of 93. Until several weeks ago, he had remained engaged in the daily activities of the company he had led for more than 40 years.

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Effective as of 1 January 2021, Scott Behrens will become President and Chief Operating Officer of Stepan Company. During his more than 25-year career with the company, Behrens has held a series of leadership positions across multiple parts of the business.

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Dr. Christian Przybyla (Source: Altana)

Dr. Christian Przybyla will become Chairman of the Management Board of Eckart GmbH, based in Hartenstein near Nuremberg, Germany, on 1 March 2021, and will thus also take over the global management of Eckart, one of the four divisions of the speciality chemicals group Altana. He will succeed Dr. Wolfgang Schütt, who is leaving the company at his own request on 28 February 2021. In his new capacity, Przybyla, the current Chief Technology Officer of the Elantas division, will also become a member of Altana AG’s Executive Management Team.

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Doug Kramer (left), Simon Baker (right) (Source: Huntsman)

Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS) announced that Doug Kramer, the founder and architect of Icynene-Lapolla’s success in the spray foam polyurethane business, has stepped down from his current role as joint President to become a consultant to the Business, focusing on strategic growth initiatives. Kramer will report directly to Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman Polyurethanes, HBS’s parent company. Simon Baker, formerly joint president of HBS, will become the global President of HBS, effective immediately.

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Smithers, a leading provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services, appointed Dr. Natalie Jordan as Director of Materials Testing Operations. Natalie Jordan will be responsible for guiding and developing Smithers’ Materials Testing services to support the needs of clients across a range of industries including transportation, energy and industrial components.

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