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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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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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Jun Inoue (Source: Kuraray)

Jun Inoue is joining the management of Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray has its European headquarters in Hattersheim, Germany, and production facilities at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt and in Troisdorf. Jun Inoue will also be in charge of the Advanced Materials division. In addition to the speciality chemicals business, he will therefore be responsible for the Elastomer, Dental, Industry and Microfibres business units. He intends to drive forward the focus on high-performance materials in Germany and Europe. Priorities are materials with a strong sustainability profile and the establishment of innovative 5G technologies for production and service. Jun Inoue takes over from Naoya Uehara, who is moving to a new management role at Kuraray in Japan.

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Herman Motmans, Senior Director of Product Management, Dow Polyurethanes, was elected as President of ISOPA by the General Assembly on 8 December 2020. To learn more about what is on the horizon, Herman Motmans kindly took some time to answer a few questions about himself and the priorities for his Presidency.

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Cindy Boiter has been promoted to Executive Vice President (EVP) and President of Milliken & Company’s Chemical Division. Effective from 15 March 2021, she has taken over the role from David Moody, who has transitioned to a role outside of Milliken.

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Prof. Georg Menges (Source: IKV)

Prof. Georg Menges, Professor emeritus, holder of the Chair of Plastics Processing and long-time head of the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, passed away on 28 February 2021 at the age of 97. Prof. Menges was also holder of an honorary doctorate from the Montan University Leoben, an honorary member of the Board of the Association of Sponsors of the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University as well as a holder of numerous national and international awards.

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Songwon announced that Philippe Schlaepfer, Leader Division Performance Chemicals / Chief Sustainability Officer, is leaving the company. Songwon said that it has made changes to its leadership structure to streamline the company moving forward.

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Krishnendu Ghosh (Source: Era Polymers)

Krishnendu Ghosh has joined the international sales team of Era Polymers Pty Ltd. He is based in Kolkata, India, and will be responsible for Sales and Marketing activities in India and the Middle East.

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Roger Hennington (Source: Everchem)

Roger Hennington has joined Everchem Specialty Chemicals as Technical Sales Manager in November 2020. Hennington has devoted his entire career to the Polyurethane industry and brings avast amount of experience in raw materials such as polyols, isocyanates, silicone surfactants and tertiary amine catalysts. He has held positions in both technical and commercial management and looks forward to working closely with our customers to support their profitable growth.

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Thomas Gangl (Source: OMV AG)

Following the acquisition of the majority shares in Borealis by OMV AG and the intensified and close cooperation between OMV and Borealis, the Supervisory Board of Borealis has decided to appoint Thomas Gangl, currently Executive Board member of OMV AG, as CEO of Borealis, effective 1 April 2021.

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Christian Weber (left), Klaus Schamel (right) (Source: Rampf)

Rampf Polymer Solutions has appointed Dr. Christian Weber as CEO in charge of technology, while long-time CEO Dr. Klaus Schamel is responsible for sales. Weber joined Rampf Polymer Solutions as Head of Development in April 2018. Holding a PhD in chemistry, he is said to be a proven innovation strategist and an experienced project manager.

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