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Solvay announced that Sylvaine Neveu was honoured with the “Irène Joliot-Curie 2016” award in the category “Woman, Research and Enterprise” – granted by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research – for her innovations in the field of energy saving tyres.

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Zachary T. Boaz has been appointed as new CEO of Troester Machinery, Ltd. in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA, a subsidiary of Germany-based Troester GmbH & Co. KG, effective from 1 January 2018. He succeeds Michael Neubauer, who has worked for 40 years at Troester, 20 of which in the USA, and will leave the company at the end of 2017.

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Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy has joined Interface Performance Materials as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Venkataswamy is widely known in the global TPE industry. Prior to joining Interface, he served as Senior Global Technology Director of GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, PolyOne Corporation. He led innovation, product development, application development, and materials science and technology, and was responsible for innovation centres in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

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Enrico Lucchese, Marketing Manager for Tyre, Styrenics Modification, & Latex within the Elastomers Business Unit at Versalis (Eni), was elected President International of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) for the year 2017 – 2018.

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Dr. Jens-Christian Blad, 39, has been appointed as new head of Corporate Development at Lanxess. He will assume responsibility for the group function by 1 September 2017, at the latest.

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Wilma Koolen-Hermkens has taken over the role as managing director of the injection moulder F. W. Breidenbach, based in Linsengericht, Germany.

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Daniele Ferrari, CEO of Versalis (Eni), has been elected as President of PlasticsEurope.

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Dr. Markus Steilemann has been appointed as new CEO of Covestro, effective from 1 October 2018. He succeeds Patrick Thomas, who will leave Covestro with his expiring contract on 30 September 2018.

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Prof. Dr. Edward Holweg has been appointed as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VMI Group, effective from 1 April 2017. He succeeds Guido Roncken, who held this position for over ten years.

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Jean-Paul Mindermann has been appointed as Business Area President of Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, effective from 1 July 2017. He will also become a member of the Trelleborg Group Management.

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Mikael Fryklund has been appointed as new President and CEO of Hexpol AB, effective from 1 July 2017.

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