Chemical industry appointments

25 January 2010 00:00  [Source: ICB]

has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Pilot Chemical. Reporting to the chairman and CEO, Paul Morrisroe, she has responsibility for the supervision and direction of all functions and operations. Butcher joins Pilot after a successful 29-year career with US major Dow Chemical. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, US, Pilot Chemical is a global producer of specialty surfactants.

has joined global life sciences practice Heidrick & Struggles as a partner. He will be based in the firm's Atlanta, US, office. Isaacson's executive search and leadership consulting experience spans 13 years and includes work on behalf of physician/scientist leadership groups in academic health care, research institutions, and the biopharmaceutical industry.

and her patent prosecution team have joined the Houston, US, office of global law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Jordan will focus her practice on intellectual property portfolio management and transactions, as well as patent prosecution and counseling, and concentrate on the chemicals, energy and clean technology industries.

succeeds Gerard Marchand as the new Tessenderlo group CEO from January 15. Marchand has served as CEO since 1987 and is set to stay on as chairman of the board of directors. Coenen, who is Belgian, joined Tessenderlo in 2006, initially as the director in charge of the chemicals business group, before moving on to become chief operating officer in 2009. Coenen will also lead a renewed management committee. Tessenderlo is a Belgium-based international chemical company with three business groups: chemicals, plastics converting and specialties.

has taken over as chairman of the Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe with immediate effect. He has been elected for an initial three-year term, which is renewable. Meessen, who is vice president Europe for producer Saudi chemical giant SABIC, replaces Ralf Kuhlmann, business director basic chemicals Europe at US major ExxonMobil Chemical, who retires in March.

has been appointed by US chemical producer DuPont as director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa operations as the company strengthens its presence in these regions. Reinke held various positions at DuPont since 1985, prior to his new appointment. He will be based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

has been elected by the board of directors of US chlorovinyl and aromatics producer Georgia Gulf as chairman of the board, succeeding Patrick Fleming. Fleming will remain on the board of directors, continuing to serve on the audit committee, as well as joining the nominating and governance committee. Noetzel was president and CEO of Cilion, a US-based venture capital-backed renewable fuel company, from 2007 to 2009. Prior to this role, he served in several senior positions at UK major BP.

RICHARD PHILLIPSformer senior vice president of technology for US-based International Paper has been appointed by Evolution Resources to supply consulting services. Evolution Resources, based in Dallas, US, is an advanced biofuels production company focused on the production of cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. As part of the agreement, Phillips will become president of the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Evolution Development, which will hold intellectual property and manage the company's research and development efforts.

Australia's Prana Biotechnology has appointed Paul Marks as a director of the company. Marks has extensive experience in health care and mining investment, foreign exchange and commodities trading. He was vice-president of Foreign Exchange with global investment firm Prudential-Bache Securities and senior strategist with National Australia Bank. Since the mid-1990s, Marks has specialized in identifying embryonic opportunities in listed and unlisted companies. He is a chemical engineer and mathematician by training.

Who's affecting the industry this week...

UK chancellor of the exchequer, for ordering a spending review that may result in the biggest spending cuts in a generation. The country has to tackle a £178bn ($291bn, €204bn) budget deficit and Darling said he wants to halve it within four years through cuts and taxes.
Industry negative

President of Greece for facing a EU probe over the country's soaring budget deficit. Finance ministers are to assess a three-year economic plan that the country has drawn up to slash the deficit to less than 3% of GDP from around 12.7% last year.
Industry neutral

the favorite in Ukraine's presidential campaign, for defending links with oligarchs before the February 7 election. Yanukovich said he represented all voters, and was "used to working with all people who influence the economy of Ukraine including big business."
Industry neutral

By: Will Beacham
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