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Effective from 1 January 2020, Dr. Haakan Jonsson, current president of Covestro LLC, will also take over as chairman of the board of directors. In this role, he will succeed Jerry MacCleary, who announced his plans to retire at the end of 2019.

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Patrick Popp has been appointed as Faurecia Interiors Executive Vice-President. Effective from 2 January 2020, he will succeed Jean-Michel Renaudie.

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Elisabeth Leamy, a 13-time Emmy-award-winning journalist and consumer advocate, has been named as the spokesperson for the national publicity campaign of CertiPUR-US, a certification programme for flexible polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. CertiPUR-US is a certification programme administered by the not-for-profit organisation Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc. (AFPF).

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Michael J. Whitens, retired former Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center, has been named the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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Bob Erling has joined Emery Oleochemicals as Business Manager for rigid and CASE polyols to support the continued growth of the company’s Eco-Friendly Polyols business.

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Songwon Industrial Group announced the unexpected death of Maurizio Butti on 7 September 2019. Butti was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Board Member of the company, a position he held since March 2016. Prior to this role, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Songwon and a member of the group’s Executive Committee.

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On 3 September 2019, Charlie Rogers assumed the new position as President of KraussMaffei Corporation in Florence, KY, USA. He succeeds Paul Caprio, who left the company at the beginning of June 2019. Rogers reports to Michael Ruf, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the KraussMaffei Group.

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Effective from 1 October 2019, Jacob Duer has been appointed as the inaugural President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the newly formed not-for-profit organisation Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). Duer was previously Director of the Chemicals and Health Branch of the UN Environment Programme. He also led the work of the secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the secretariat for a new financing programme on institutional strengthening at the national level to support the implementation of the chemicals and waste related conventions and SAICM. Duer has more than twenty years of experience with the United Nations with focus on the environment and sustainable development.

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Biesterfeld Spezialchemie announced that two colleagues have joined the ranks of its polyurethane team to help them handle the continued growth in the PU market and ever more complex customer demands: Robert Geffken has taken on the role as polyurethane Market Manager since April 2019, and Alexander Bär has joined the company as new polyurethane Product Manager a the start of 2019.

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The Indian company Sheela Foam Ltd. announced that it will acquire Interplasp S.L. with headquarters in Yecla, southeastern Spain, for approximately EUR 42 million. The transaction is scheduled to be completed on or before 30 September 2019, subject to closing conditions.

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Tony Radoszewski has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) effective from 16 September 2019. Radoszewski, a plastics industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the field, joins the association after serving since 2006 as the president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI).

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