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Thierry de Barneville was recently appointed as ExxonMobil Chemical’s new global polyolefins automotive Sales Manager, located in Paris, France.

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Patrice Barthelmes, 52, has been appointed CEO of Eliokem. Since 1999, Barthelmes served as Vice President (VP) and Director for the Packaging & Building Materials Division of Rohm & Haas until its buyout by Dow in 2009, where he was appointed VP and Group Director for its Adhesives & Functional Polymers Division.

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Steve Henderson has been appointed President of Dow Auto­motive, replacing Peter Sykes who assumed the role of President Greater China for Dow.

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Ralf Brinkmann has been named President of Dow Germany and Chairman of the Board of Dow Deutschland Inc. He succeeds Markus Wildi. In addition, Brinkmann is Commercial Vice President, Basic Chemicals and Performance Products & Systems, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

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Kraton announced that Jeanne Kendrick, Regional Business Manager for North American Paving and Roofing, was named "2010 Person of the Year," by the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP). The award was given in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the organisation, said the SBC supplier in a statement issued 26 February.

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VTC TPE Group has announced the appointment of two new members to its European technical sales team.

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At Tessenderlo Frank Coenen, 50, succeeds Gérard Marchand, 66, as new Group CEO as per 15 January 2010.

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Teknor Apex UK Ltd. has announced that it is restructuring its management team with promotions and new hires designed to enhance service to customers in the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe. The move comes in response to growth in sales of polyamide and PET engineering thermoplastic compounds, which the Oldbury facility has long produced, and thermoplastic elastomers production of which began at the site in 2008, said the company in a statement issued 7 February.

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Aziz Aghili has joined Dana Holding Corporation as President of Europe. In this role, Aghili will have responsibility for leading growth and activities across Dana's European operations and ensuring that the company's business in the region is aligned with the strategic direction of the organisation.

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Effective 1 November 2009, Jacob (Jake) Axel has assumed the position of President of Axel Plastics Research Laboratories. The former President Frank Axel will remain with the company in the capacity of Chairman and CEO.

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