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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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Virginia Janssens has been appointed as Managing Director of PlasticsEurope, the pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers. Janssens will take up her role on 16 March 2020. She has been the Managing Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) since 2012.

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James Xue has been appointed as Michelman’s new Country Manager for Greater China. Hired in 2017, he has lead the company’s sales efforts over the past two years, developing customer relationships and building its regional sales team.

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Jeff Uhrig has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novomer, Inc., effective from 18 November 2019. The appointment was announced by Anthony Eisenhut, Chairman and Co-Founder of Novomer. Uhrig will oversee day-to-day business operations and direct efforts to further develop and commercialise Novomer’s catalyst technology.

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Effective from 1 November 2019, Osama Arabi Katbi has been appointed as new Vice President Americas for Evonik’s Polyurethanes business, Comfort & Insulation. Based in Allentown, PA, USA, he will be a member of the global Management Team and responsible for leading the business within the Americas region.

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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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