Chemical industry appointments

People on the move

09 June 2008 00:00  [Source: ICB]

Jacques van Rijckevorsel has been appointed president of European plastics industry association PlasticsEurope. Van Rijckevorsel, a member of Solvay's executive committee and general manager of Solvay Plastics, replaces John Taylor from Borealis. Gunter Hilken from Bayer MaterialScience, Martin Pugh from INEOS Nova and Anton de Vries from LyondellBasell were elected as vice presidents of PlasticsEurope.

Mosaed al-Ohali has joined SABIC Europe's managing board as chief operating officer and managing director for chemicals and intermediates. Al-Ohali, who was previously vice president of the specialty products business, succeeds Abdullah Bazid, who has a new position at SABIC's headquarters in Riyadh.

Huub ­Meessen has been promoted to the SABIC Europe managing board as managing director for polymers. Meessen was director of the linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE) business, and succeeds Koos Van Haasteren. Van Haasteren also has a new position at SABIC's headquarters.

Randall Selgrad has been elected vice president, treasurer and assistant secretary of CF Industries Holdings, the holding company for US nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer producer CF Industries. Selgrad had been treasurer and assistant secretary since joining CF Industries in February 2007.

Randall Smallbone will become chief financial officer (CFO) of Migao, a China-based potash fertilizer producer listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, on July 1. Smallbone was previously CFO of KIK Custom Products and car parts maker Decoma International. He succeeds interim CFO Paul Haber, who stood in after former CFO Paul Zhang resigned in March for personal reasons. Haber will remain a company director.

Brett Warland has joined US-based specialized polymer materials company PolyOne as director of process development. Warland's previous experience includes working as the director of process improvement at US specialty chemicals producer H.B. Fuller.

Nance ­Dicciani has been appointed to the board of directors of US-based specialty chemicals and advanced materials company Rockwood Holdings. Dicciani currently serves on the board of directors of global industrial gas company Praxair, and in 2006, she was appointed by US President George W. Bush to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Jurgen Muth has been named SGL Carbon's chief financial officer. He replaces Sten Daugaard, who is leaving the German carbon-based products manufacturer to return to his native country, Denmark, to fulfil family commitments. Muth joined SGL Carbon in 2005 as member of the graphite materials and systems management committee, with responsibility for controlling and business administration.



John Genova has been appointed ­president and CEO of Sterling ­Chemicals. He replaces ­Richard Crump, who is retiring after 22 years with the US acetic acid and ­plasticizers producer. Genova most recently served as vice president of ­corporate planning for Tesoro, an independent refiner of oil and gas. The 53-year-old ­executive started his career as an ­engineer with a bachelor of science degree in chemicals and petroleum refining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.


Who's affecting the industry this week...

Nicolas Sarkozy The president of France has presented draft legislation that would effectively scrap the 35-hour working week. Lengthening the working week is part of Sarkozy's wider promise to make France more competitive with other countries.

Robert Zoellick The World Bank's president has announced a $1.2bn (€770m) funding facility to help combat the impact of rising food prices on the poor. The facility, which includes $200m in grants for the world's poorest countries, will support food production by supplying seeds and fertilizers, as well as providing help to countries that have agreed to cut food tariffs.

Franz Fehrenbach Bosch's chief executive says the German conglomerate plans to expand its renewable energy activities through the purchase of solar energy company Ersol. Bosch already has a partnership with BASF to develop cost-effective organic photovoltaics.

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