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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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Ralf Boschert (Source: Zeppelin GmbH)

The Zeppelin Group has appointed Ralf Boschert as Managing Director and CFO of Zeppelin Systems GmbH as of 1 May  2021, thus bolstering the Group company's management board headed by CEO Alexander Wassermann. Ralf Borschert will assume direct responsibility for the management divisions Controlling, Tax and Accounting, Legal and Commercial Services as well as IT and Organization.

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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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Marcello Boldrini (Source: Kraton)

Marcello Boldrini, Kraton's Senior Vice President and Chemical Segment President, has been appointed to the additional role of Chief Sustainability Officer for Kraton Corporation in March 2021. In his expanded role, Marcello Boldrini will assume responsibility for Kraton's global Sustainability strategy and related initiatives.

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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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Axel Sebbesse (Source: Otto Krahn Group)

Axel Sebbesse will become a Managing Director of the Otto Krahn Group and assume the role of Chief Development Officer (CDO). His future areas of responsibility will include Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A, New Business, and People & Culture. In addition to the Krahn Chemie Group, Otto Krahn Group Holding also includes the plastics distributor Albis, the compounder Mocom, and the plastics recycler Wipag. Sebbesse worked for Albis from 2007 until he became a Krahn Chemie Group Managing Director in 2008. He has been managing the Group since then along with Dr. Rolf Kuropka.

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The new Troester Management Board (f.l.t.r.):  Thomas Holzer, Dr. Peter Schmidt (Managing Partner) and Bernd Pielsticker (Source: Troester)

Troester GmbH & Co. KG announces that Thomas Holzer joined the Management Board of the Hanover-based company on 1 March 2021. In addition to the Managing Partner and CEO Dr. Peter Schmidt and COO Bernd Pielsticker, Thomas Holzer will be responsible for Engineering and Sales. Three people sharing the management responsibility is intended to strengthen sustainability and the knowledge base in the company, while creating new energy for organic growth and innovation.

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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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Pascal Laborde (Source: Arburg)

Pascal Laborde has been in charge of the French Arburg subsidiary in Aulnay-sous-Bois since 1 November 2020. Arburg SAS was the company’s first foreign subsidiary to be set up back in 1985. Besides Arburg is planning a new building for the subsidiary located in the Greater Paris area spanning approximately 1,600 m2.

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Dr. Darijo Mijolović is taking over the management of Gummiwerk Kraiburg GmbH & Co. KG in Waldkraiburg, Germany, and its subsidiaries in Bulgaria and Russia on 1 March 2021. He succeeds Helmut Esefeld, who has successfully managed the company since 2006 and is now going into retirement.

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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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