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Dr. Peter Ryzko has been appointed as managing director for Müller Kunststoffe, the German arm of the Hexpol TPE group. Georg Ender, the outgoing managing director is to take a Hexpol TPE group technical role.

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Walter Atolino, 55, has been appointed as Commercial Director Brazil at Biesterfeld Simko Distribuição S. A., the Brazilian joint venture belonging to Biesterfeld Plastic.

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Geoffrey Chan, 46, has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Shunde Kautex Plastics Technology Co., Ltd., the Chinese subsidiary of German company Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH.

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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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Effective from 1 August 2017, Dr. Stefan Kruppa has been named as Head of the Machine Technology department at KraussMaffei.

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Daniele Ferrari, CEO of Versalis, has been elected as President of PlasticsEurope. He succeeds Patrick Thomas, CEO of Covestro, who held this office since 2011.

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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. 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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Lubrizol has announced a number of personnel changes that will become effective from 1 June 2017. Bob Graf, currently corporate vice president of research and development, will take over as corporate vice president of data science and analytics, a new position for Lubrizol. Graf joined Lubrizol in 1985 and has held a variety of technical management roles throughout the company.

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Mikael Fryklund has been appointed as President and CEO of Hexpol AB, effective from 1 July 2017. He succeeds Georg Brunstam, who is taking over the position as new Chairman of the Board of Hexpol.

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Daniel Coombs was named as new executive vice president for manufacturing and refining at LyondellBasell. Also he has responsibility for the company’s technology business, global projects, global engineering services and procurement functions.

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