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US-based specialty chemicals firm Celanese
named former Albemarle chief Mark
Rohr as its chairman and CEO.
Rohr replaces David N. Weidman, who is
retiring after seven years. Weidman joined Celanese in 2000 and
was named CEO in 2004 after the company relocated to the US
Rohr, who has been a Celanese director since 2007, will take
his positions with Celanese on April 2, 2012. He stepped aside
as CEO of Albemarle in September, and will leave his role as
chairman on February 1, 2012.
Albemarle previously named Luke Kissam as
its new CEO, and has since said Jim W. Jokes
will succeed Rohr as chairman.
BP has appointed Brian Gilvary as its
new chief financial officer (CFO) effective January 1,
Gilvary is presently BPs deputy group chief financial
officer and head of finance.
He replaces Byron Grote, who will accept a
position as BPs executive vice president for corporate
ExxonMobil chief executive Rex W.
Tillerson was named the 2011 recipient of the Global
Leadership award from the United Nations
The award recognizes ExxonMobil efforts to meet the United
Nations goal of substantially reducing deaths from
malaria through the ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative, the company
Since 2000, ExxonMobil has spent more than $100 million to
help identify and share best practices that include
anti-malarial drugs, treatment programs, long-range research
Danish catalyst company Haldor Topsøe
has appointed Dr. Bjerne S.
Clausen as its new CEO, effective immediately.
Bjerne Clausen has been with the company since 1979, first
as researcher in R&D and most recently as executive vice
president of the companys technology division.
He is replacing Niels Kegel
Sørensen, who resigned from the CEO
post after serving since September 2007. Sorensen had been with
the company for 35 years.
US-based chemicals major DuPont has named
Steven Mirshak as the business director of its
DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol business.
Mirshak was most recently president of DuPont Tate
and Lyle BioProducts, which was a Tennessee-based
joint venture between DuPont and Tate and Lyle.
DuPont also appointed Keith Gibson as plant
manager for its planned cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.
Gibson was previously the general manager and president of
Steven Mills will retire on February 7, 2012, from his
position as senior executive vice president of performance and
growth for US agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland
His previous posts with the company included stints as
senior vice president of strategic planning as well as chief
A successor to Mills was not immediately named.
US catalysts producer WR Grace has elected
Gregory Poling as its new president and chief
Poling was previously president of Grace
Davison, which is the companys largest operating
Poling joined Grace in 1977 and initially worked for
Grace Construction Products.
Canadian biofuels and chemicals producer
Enerkem announced that former
LyondellBasell executive Anton de
Vries has joined its board.
De Vries had served as senior vice president of olefins and
polyolefins at LyondellBasell before leaving in November 2010.
Prior to that, he worked at Shell for 18
Enerkems board also includes Bruce Aitken, CEO of
Canadian methanol firm
Enerkem has a number of waste-to-biofuels projects under development in Canada
and the US.
William J. Kroll was elected as 2012 president for the
International Oxygen Manufacturers Association
Kroll is chairman and CEO at Matheson, a
New Jersey-based supplier of industrial, welding, electronics,
specialty gases and related equipment.
IOMA is the worldwide trade association of companies in the
industrial and medical gas business.
US chemicals producer Huntsman named
Rohit Aggarwal as vice president of strategic
marketing and planning in its textile effects business,
effective November 1.
Huntsman also appointed Kent Kvaal as vice
president of sales and technical resources for the textile
Aggarwall had served as vice president of apparels and home
textiles, while Kvaal was global vice president of specialty
Both will be based at Huntsman Textile
Effects headquarters in Singapore.
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