07 April 2008 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Jeff Karson has been appointed as key account manager, pharmaceutical sales, for US specialty chemical group International Specialty Products. He will handle sales for the company's pharmaceutical excipients business. Based in Southern California, US, Karson will report directly to John Flanagan, pharmaceutical business director, North America. "Jeff's 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical and chemical sales will be a valuable asset to furthering the success of our pharma excipients business," said Flanagan.
David Turch Lamont has become CEO for Dutch engineering, procurement and construction company Bateman Litwin in Amsterdam. He takes over from Shuki Raz, who is to step down after 16 years at the company, six of which were as CEO. David has more than twenty 25 years of industry experience and was most recently president of the eastern region and global subsea divisions at US engineering firm Vetco International.
Robert Rudman has been announced as the chief financial officer for Diatect International, a firm that provides "go green" insect control products in Heber City, Utah, US.
Vada Manager has been elected as director for US chemical producer Ashland in Kentucky, US. Manager will serve as a member of Ashland's finance and personnel and compensation committees. He currently serves as director of global issues for US footwear group Nike.
Mike Jaffe has been promoted to cosmetics marketing manager in the Americas for US company Sun Chemical Performance Pigments. Jaffe will provide technical and marketing support to the Sun Chemical sales force in both North and South America, and develop and implement business plans designed to provide continuous profitable growth to the company's cosmetic pigment business.
Mark Rohr will serve on Ashland's audit and environmental, health and safety committees. He is currently president and CEO of US polymer group Albemarle.
David Anton has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president, bioindustrials research and development for US biocatalytic process technology group Codexis, in Redwood City, California. He joins Codexis from US chemical giant DuPont, where he was venture manager, biofuels. He will report to Alan Shaw, president and CEO.
Luciana Ortiz de Pinho has been announced as sales manager for US chemical group Oxiteno USA. She will be located in Freehold, New Jersey. Ortiz most recently held the position of sales manager for agrochemicals and textile chemicals for Oxiteno in Brazil. Prior to that, she held the positions of technical salesperson and management trainee for the company.
Joseph Hill has been appointed chief financial officer for US bioscience group Metabolix. He most recently served as senior vice president, chief financial officer at Amicas, a US radiology technology group.
Tony Bastock has been appointed chair of the UK's Chemicals Northwest board. This public sector group promotes the chemical industry in this region and beyond. Bastock is group managing director of Contract Chemicals, a manufacturer of chemical intermediates and chairman of the Widnes Catalyst Museum Trust. He also chairs the UK National Authority Advisory Committee on Chemical Weapons.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
David Tuffin, president of the UK's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which has released a survey showing growth in the construction sector is at its lowest since 1996. The UK housing market is heading for its biggest downturn since the early 1990s, it added.
Jeroen Van De Veer, for signing one of the biggest outsourcing deals in recent history. Global oil and chemical giant Shell, where van der Veer is CEO, has signed more than $4bn ($6.24bn) worth of contracts over the next five years to manage its information technology and phone systems. Around 3,000 workers will be transferred to the service providers under the deal.
Ed Schafer, the US secretary for agriculture, whose department says farmers will plant 8% fewer acres of corn this year, meaning prices are likely to stay high and could climb in the coming months. Farmers are shifting to higher-priced soybeans and wheat.
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