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France-based energy major Total named
Patrick Pouyanne as president of its chemicals
division and an executive committee member, effective January
Pouyanne will also become president of the companys
new refining and chemicals business once
a consultation process has concluded.
Francois Cornelis will be stepping down
from his roles as president of chemicals and vice chairman of
move came amid a reshuffling of Totals downstream
businesses. The company is separating manufacturing from supply
and marketing while retaining an integrated structure, it
Philippe Boisseau was appointed president
of refining and marketing, and will also be a member of the
executive committee and president of the new supply and
Meanwhile, Yves-Louis Darricarrere will
serve as president of gas and power. That will be in addition
to his current role as president of exploration and production
and membership on the executive committee.
Matt Fox will become the executive vice
president of exploration and production (E&P) for the new
ConocoPhillips, which will be a pure-play
E&P company following its downstream spinoff.
Alan Hirshberg will take over as executive vice
president of technology and projects for the US-based company,
while Don Wallette will be executive vice
president for business development and commercial
On the downstream Phillips 66 side,
Lawrence Ziemba will become executive vice
president of refining, where he will be
responsible for major projects and procurement.
Houston-based Chevron Phillips Chemical says
chief operating officer Timothy Taylor and
executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins
Mark Haney will each retire on December
Haney will be succeeded by Mark Lashier,
who currently serves as senior vice president of specialties,
aromatics and styrenics
for the company.
Taylors position will not be filled.
Meanwhile, Dan Coombs will take the place
of Lashier in his former position of senior vice president of
specialties, aromatics and styrenics.
Coombs was vice president of corporate planning and
development, where he will be replaced by Ron
Corn. Corn had worked as vice president of olefins and
natural gas liquids (NGL).
David Smith will then take over that role
for Corn. Smith was previously vice president for polyethylene
Chevron Phillips Chemical is the 50:50 joint venture between
Canada oil sands major Suncor Energy says
current chief operating officer Steve Williams
will take over as the companys CEO in May 2012.
Williams will succeed current CEO Rick
George, who plans to retire in 2012.
US-based polyvinyl chloride major Georgia Gulf
has hired Jim Hull as vice president of
manufacturing for its chemicals operations.
Hull will be
based in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and oversee the companys
plants in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Ontario,
Hull most recently worked as a plant manager at
Honeywells facility in Geismar, Louisiana.
US-based chemicals major DuPont appointed
Rajeev Vaidya as president of South Asia
(including India), effective December 15.
Vaidya was previously managing director of DuPonts
chemicals and fluoroproducts in Asia. He takes over from
Balvinder Kalsi, who transferred to
DuPonts headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, to work on
California-based MBA Polymers named
Nigel Hunton as its CEO, effective January 2,
Hunton had worked as CEO of vacuum technology group Edwards Limited. He
succeeds Richard McCombs, who will remain a
member of MBAs board of directors.
Automation industry veteran Roy Kok has joined
global research firm ARC Advisory Group as
vice president of marketing.
In the new role, Kok will be responsible for all corporate
marketing including positioning, messaging and outreach, the
Kok previously served at companies including GE,
Intellution, VenturCom, and Kepware in marketing, sales and
product management roles.
Mark Venske has joined PAC as
vice president of sales and support for the Americas.
Venske has over 30 years of experience in engineering, sales
and customer support from Spectra Tech Applied
System and Varian, which was acquired
by Agilent in 2010.
PAC describes itself as a global provider of advanced
analytical instruments for laboratories and online process
applications. It serves industries including refining, petrochemicals and biofuels.
Anvil International promoted Brandon
Gunnell to director of marketing. His prior post was
as regional sales manager for the western US.
Gunnell has been with Anvil for over 10 years. In his new
role, he will manage the global marketing of the companys
complete product line.
Anvil, a subsidiary of North American water infrastructure
products and services firm Mueller Water
Products, describes itself as one of the largest and
most complete global manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe
hangers and piping support systems.
Los Angeles-based Origin Oil announced the
appointment of Dr. Thomas H. Ulrich to its
board of advisors.
Dr. Ulrich was most recently an Idaho National
Laboratory advisory scientist and worked closely with
OriginOil to establish a strategic partnership between the
laboratory and OriginOil.
OriginOil specializes in what it says is a breakthrough technology to extract oil from
Raimar Jahn was named president of the polyurethanes
(PU) division for BASF effective March 1,
Jahn, who is currently head of BASFs coatings
division, will succeed Wayne Smith, who will
move to the companys board of directors.
Markus Kamieth will replace Jahn as head of
the coatings division. He currently works as senior vice
president of performance chemicals for North America.
Germany-based adhesives firm Henkel says that
Carsten Knobel will take over as its chief
financial officer (CFO) in July 2012.
Knobel will succeed Lothar Steinebach, who
is retiring at the end of June 2012. Knobel currently serves as
director of Henkels cosmetics and toiletries
US-based renewable chemicals group Cobalt
Technologies named Bob Mayer as CEO
and chairman of its board of directors.
Mayer formerly worked as executive vice president of Danish
specialty food ingredients firm Danisco, which
was acquired by DuPont this year.
Mayer follows Rick Wilson as Cobalt CEO and
John Hamer as chairman.
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