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The German Rubber Society (Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft – DKG) has elected Dr. Cristina Bergmann, Head of H&R Research Laboratory at Hansen & Rosenthal, as Chairman of the DKG, Prof. Dr. Andreas Limper, Managing Director of Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau, as First Deputy Chairman, and Dr. Hans-Martin Issel, Managing Director of Unimatec Chemicals Europe, as Second Deputy Chairman for the term of office from 2018 to 2021.

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Wolfram Diener, 54, currently active as Senior Vice President at UBM Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong, will become the new operative managing director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, effective from 1 October 2018. He succeeds Joachim Schäfer, 64, who will retire from the company at the end of August 2018.

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Alfred Stern, currently Executive Vice President (EVP), was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Borealis, effective from 2 July 2018. In his position as EVP, Stern is currently responsible for the Polyolefins business and Innovation.

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John Sawaya has been appointed as the President and CEO of Arlanxeo USA LLC and Board Member of Arlanxeo USA Holdings LLC. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arlanxeo Canada Inc.

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Nicholas Mitchell has joined Goodyear as new senior director of investor relations. He will report to Christina Zamarro, who has taken on expanded responsibilities as vice president of corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and investor relations. Mitchell joined Goodyear from Northcoast Research Partners where he served as managing director, research analyst since 2009.

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Erica McLaughlin has been appointed as new senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Cabot Corporation, effective from 15 May 2018. McLaughlin has been responsible as vice president of business operations for Cabot’s Reinforcement Materials segment and general manager of the tyre business so far.

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Matthias Zachert, 50, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess for another five years, thus renewing his contract ahead of time.

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Dr. Markus Steilemann, previously Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), has become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Covestro. He succeeds Patrick Thomas, who has retired prematurely on 31 May 2018 by mutual agreement. Thomas’ contract as CEO would have originally ended on 30 September 2018. Thomas has been CEO of Covestro and its predecessor Bayer MaterialScience since 2007.

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Brian Chapman, General Manager of the Elastomers Business Unit of Kuraray America Inc., was elected President International of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) for the year 2018 – 2019.

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On 22 June 2018, Covestro announced that its Chief Sustainability Officer Richard Northcote passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58. Northcote was a highly regarded leader and visionary in the world of sustainable development, said the company.

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Since 1972, the Plastics Hall of Fame, located at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell/USA, has honored people who have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of the plastics industry.  

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