Chemical industry appointments

05 October 2009 00:00  [Source: ICB]

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: MARKUS WILDI
formerly president of Dow Europe, has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of corporate development for Dow in Kuwait. Wildi's appointment recognizes the critical importance of Dow's investments and relationships in Kuwait and reinforces the US chemical giant's commitment to the country. Wildi will report to Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris.

Frank De Castro
has joined Solvay Chemicals as logistics purchasing manager. He will be based at the company's Houston, Texas, US headquarters. As a member of the NAFTA Multi-Site Purchasing/Corporate Purchasing Network, De Castro will be responsible for negotiating supply contracts for logistics transportation, warehouses, terminals and fleet on behalf of the Solvay NAFTA operating companies. Solvay Chemicals is part of the Solvay Group, an international chemical and pharmaceutical company, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Jeffrey DiRaffaele
has been appointed vice president of strategic accounts for ScentAir Technologies, a US-based provider of scent delivery solutions for businesses, effective September 1. DiRaffaele will lead the development and management of strategic accounts for ScentAir's commercial scent delivery solutions.

John Andrews
has joined US investment bank Jefferies & Co. as a managing director to lead the firm's chemicals, plastics & materials investment banking practice. He is to be based in New York. Andrews has 10 years of investment banking experience, advising industry leading clients from the chemicals, plastics and materials industries.

Filipe Constant
senior executive vice president, general manager of the Solvay business unit electrochemistry and derived specialties, has been elected as the new chairman of the management committee of Euro Chlor, one of the European trade associations representing the European chlor-alkali industry.

Douglas Tough
Robert Amen has resigned his role as chairman and CEO of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), effective September 30. Tough, an IFF board member and CEO and managing director of global health care group Ansell, assumed the role of non-executive chairman on October 1 and will take up the positions of chairman and CEO when his contract with his current employer expires, by the end of the first quarter of 2010. IFF is based in New York, US.

Alessandro Zedda
has joined Konarka Technologies as vice president of materials development. He will lead Konarka's materials and device research and partnerships in developing higher performing organic photovoltaic modules. Konarka develops and manufactures solar plastic films that convert light to energy and is headquartered in the US.

Thomas Wessel
current chairman of the board of management at RAG Bildung, has been appointed by the supervisory board of Evonik Degussa to its board of management as chief human resources officer, effective November 1. He succeeds Ralf Blauth, who currently holds this position in addition to his role as a member of the executive board and chief human resources officer of parent Evonik Industries. Blauth will relinquish his post on the board of Evonik Degussa on October 31, before the end of his original term of office. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals, based in Essen, Germany.

Sylvie Delassus
has been appointed as senior vice president communications for the French genome engineering firm Cellectis. She will be a member of Cellectis's executive committee. This decision reflects the company's commitment to developing an ambitious corporate communications program.

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

fu Chengyu
chairman and CEO of oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corp, (CNOOC), revealed last week to be bidding for huge stakes in Nigeria's oil fields. The bids mean CNOOC will be competing against Western oil groups such as Shell, Chevron, Total and ExxonMobil.
Industry neutral

Baudouin Prot
for saying he wants French banking group BNP Paribas, where he is CEO, to buy back the stake the French government bought in the midst of the financial crisis. The bank is to launch a rights issue to help fund repayment of the €5.1bn ($7.8bn) in non-voting shares purchased by France. It will also pay €226m in interest. Rising stock prices are making it easier for banks to raise capital.
Industry positive

thomas mirow
president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which has appealed to member states in Europe for an extra €10bn ($14.6bn) to help countries facing financial turmoil in Central and Eastern Europe. "The crisis will have lasting repercussions," he said.
Industry positive


By: Will Beacham
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