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The Board of Hexpol AB and CEO and President Mikael Fryklund have decided to part ways. The company said several circumstances have led to this change and that the development of the group, mainly regarding sales growth and growth of results, lately didn’t met the expectations. The recruitment of a successor has started immediately after the announcement on 14 February. In the meantime CFO Peter Rosén will be interim CEO of Hexpol AB with daily support of Georg Brunstam, who will act as working Chairman of the Board.

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Dr. Frank Stieler resigned from his office as CEO of KraussMaffei Group GmbH on 31 March 2020 and Dr. Michael Ruf, former COO of the company, has taken over the position effective from 1 April 2020. The COO position will not be taken again, announced the company.

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The Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation (PAGEV) held its 30th ordinary general assembly where its President, Vice-President and three new members of the Board of Directors were elected. The incumbent president Yavuz Eroğlu was re-elected unanimously as the only candidate.

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European Bioplastics (EUBP) has elected a new Board. The new Chairman, François de Bie (Total Corbion PLA), together with EUBP’s new Vice Chairpersons, Mariagiovanna Vetere (Nature-Works) and Lars Börger (Neste), will lead the association’s continuous support towards achieving a circular economy.

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Trinseo has appointed Andre Lanning as the new Global Business Director, Synthetic Rubber. Lanning assumed the role on 1 November 2019, succeeding Samer Al Jabi, who was recently named Director, Corporate Development.

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The board of directors of Bridgestone Corporation has approved the proposal to appoint Shuichi Ishibashi as new CEO and successor of Masaaki Tsuya in December 2019. The change in the global CEO position is subject to approval at the board of directors meeting to be held after the company’s annual shareholder meeting in March 2020.

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Hexpol AB has appointed Kenneth L. Bloom as new President Hexpol Compounding Americas. He succeeds Tracy Garrison who, as previously communicated, has decided to leave the company.

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At the beginning of the year, premium tyre maker Hankook appointed Sanghoon Lee as Chief Operation Officer (COO) and President. As the head of Hankook’s European headquarters he will resume responsibility for the entire operative business within the European and CIS-Region.

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Black Bear, the Dutch ELT rubber upcycling company, has appointed Victor Vreeken as its new Chief Technology Officer. Victor Vreeken will lead the Black Bear’s efforts to scale-up and globally roll-out the company’s innovative circular technology to convert tire rubber into recovered carbon black, gas and biogenic oil. Before joining Black Bear, Vreeken spent over eight years at Avantium, active in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry.

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Hera Kitwan Siu, chief executive officer, Greater China, for Cisco Systems, Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in December 2019. Since 2017, Siu, 59, has served as chief executive officer, Greater China, for Cisco Systems, a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry.

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As of 2 January 2020, Paul Caprio has become president of Engel North America and is now managing the sales and service subsidiary of the Austria-based injection molding machine builder together with CEO Mark Sankovitch.

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