Chemical industry appointments

03 September 2009 18:37  [Source: ICB]

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: FRANCOIS VLEUGELS
has become the new general manager of Czech Republic-based chemical firm Spolchemie. Vleugels has extensive senior management experience in various leading chemical companies, most recently as chairman and CEO of the board of directors for Czech petrochemical firm Unipetrol. Martin Prochazka will continue in the position of general manager of Spolchemie's sister companies, STZ and Oleofin.

NANCE DICCIANI
has joined global private equity firm Advent International's Operating Partner Program to focus on investment opportunities in the chemical and materials industry. She will work with Advent's deal team in Boston, Massachusetts, US, supporting the firm's activities worldwide. Before retiring in 2008, Dicciani was CEO of US-based Honeywell Specialty Materials. She was ranked twice as one of the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes and was also named as one of the "Top 40 Power Players" in 2006 by ICIS Chemical Business.

DENNIS SMITH
has been appointed by US plastics and compounds supplier A. Schulman to the newly created position of director of new business applications. In his new role, reporting to Paul Boulier, Schulman's chief marketing officer, Smith will continue to lead the development of the company's Invision sheet resins business and will coordinate its activities with the leaders of the company's sales, marketing, production and development efforts in North America and Europe.

JEAN-PHILIPPE BRAULT
has been appointed as environment manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Univar Europe, the Belgium-based company specializing in the sales, marketing, application and safe, efficient handling of a wide range of chemicals and ingredients. "Health, safety and the environment are key priorities at Univar. We are very happy to have Jean-Philippe on board; his environmental experience and knowledge will help us lead the way in SHEQ [safety, health, environment and quality] and sustainability," said John van Osch, president, EMEA of Univar Europe.

PARRY FOSKETT
has been promoted to vice ­president of E.T. Horn's Advanced Materials Group. Prior to his promotion, Foskett had been vice president of key accounts and was promoted last year to vice president of composites. "Parry has consistently delivered outstanding results for the Advanced Materials Group and is well-positioned to lead it towards continued success," said Bob Ahn, president of E.T. Horn's Industrial Group. Based in La Mirada, California, US, E.T. Horn is a leading distributor, supplier, marketer, and manufacturer of specialty chemicals.

FRANK MORROW
has been appointed chief operating officer for LabConnect, a provider of central laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry, based in Seattle, Washington, US. Morrow is a veteran of the central lab business, having served as founding executive, president and chief scientific officer at Quintiles Laboratories Worldwide.

DAVID PRICHARD
has been appointed investor relations strategist at Chicago, US-based consultancy StreetSmart Strategies. Prichard has around 20 years of senior-level investor relations experience and was most recently vice president, investor relations and corporate communications at US-based Corn Products International. He is on the board of directors of the National Investor Relations Institute.

GARY HENDRICKSON
president and chief operating officer for Valspar, has been elected to the board of directors. With his election, Valspar's 12-member board of directors comprises 10 independent directors and two Valspar executive officers - Hendrickson and William Mansfield, chairman and CEO. Valspar is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.

MOVERS & SHAKERS
Who's affecting the industry this week...

YUKIO HATOYAMA
leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, which won an overwhelming victory at the polls. Hatoyama will become the next prime minster of the country when the party assumes power this month. He has pledged to boost social welfare and reject US-style, pro-market reforms.
Industry negative

LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA
President of Brazil, for declaring "Independence Day" for the country on the back of its new plan to control massive new oil reserves found in the Tupi field. In the plan, foreign oil firms must participate in development as partners of state oil giant Petrobras.
Industry neutral

KEN LEWIS
CEO of Bank of America, which is reportedly offering to repay a portion of the bailout money it received from the US government. The bank could start by repaying $20bn (€14bn) of aid received in January, removing its designation as an "exceptional" aid recipient.
Industry positive


By: Joseph Chang
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