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Brazilian energy major Petrobras named
Maria das Graca Silva Foster as president and
CEO, effective February 13.
The companys board picked her to replace Jose
Foster has worked with Petrobras for 31 years, and was most
recently gas and energy director. She had held that post since
Foster was nominated for the position by board president
US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem)
appointed Tim Leveille as its chief financial
officer (CFO) and controller, effective March 1.
He replaces Greg Maxwell, who was appointed
CFO of ConocoPhillips newly-formed
downstream company Phillips 66.
Leveille joins CPChem from Chevron, where
he was assistant treasurer.
CPChem is a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron and
US specialty chemicals producer Albemarle
announced that John Steitz was elected
president and chief operating officer, effective March 1.
In the role, he will oversee all aspects of company
operations, including global responsibility for manufacturing,
supply chain, sales and health, safety and environmental.
Steitz joined Albemarle in 2000 and had served as an
executive vice president since 2007.
Albemarle also named Susan Kelliher as a
senior vice president in human resources, effective March
new role, she will lead all aspects of the companys
global human resources function, including recruiting and
Kelliher was most recently vice president of human resources
in the global sales and enterprise marketing division at
She will report to Albemarle CEO Luke
Power & Water named Ralph Exton
as chief marketing officer of GEs water and process
In the new role, Exton will lead marketing and sustainability efforts for the
Prior to joining GE, Exton worked for Betz
Laboratories. GE said Exton has been strategically
involved in numerous recognized mergers and acquisitions
(M&A) in the water treatment industry in recent
US-based gas detection company Industrial
Scientific promoted Kevin Miller to
chief operating officer and vice president.
In the new position, he will be responsible for sales,
services, marketing, product development and manufacturing for
the companys portable gas detection business.
Miller has worked with the firm since 2007, most recently as
vice president of global sales, services and marketing.
Compressed air system engineering firm
Pneumatech promoted Joseph A.
Fresch to vice president within the North America
who joined Pneumatech in 1991, will be responsible for sales,
technical service and customer service.
He most recently worked as national sales manager for the
Viking Pump appointed Kerry
Baskins to the position of vice president of sales,
where he will be responsible for the global sales of
Viking Pump and Wright Flow Technologies
His prior position was as vice president of Grundfos
Pumps. Earlier in his career, Baskins held sales and
marketing roles with Viking from 1990 to 1997, the company
Viking Pump also appointed Bill Canady to
the role of general manager of parts and services. Canada most
recently worked as Vikings vice president of
US-based scaffolding and access solutions company
Safway Services said that Bill
Hayes became its president, chief operating officer
and a director, effective February 20.
Hayes spent the last four years at
Honeywell, where he was president of
Honeywell Safety Products.
US farmer-owned cooperative CHS appointed
Jim Loving as senior vice president for refining, pipelines and terminals,
effective April 2.
Loving will relocate to CHS headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.,
and will also continue in his current position as president of
the National Cooperative Refinery Association
Last December, CHS announced it had reached agreement with NCRA
to transfer full ownership to CHS, currently its majority
shareholder. That deal will be complete on Sept. 1, 2015.
CHS says that Dan Knepper, senior vice
president of energy operations, will retire on April 2.
German chemicals major BASF made several
senior appointments for its paper chemicals, crop protection
and mobile emissions catalysts businesses in
the Asia-Pacific region.
Heng Lin is leading the companys
paper chemicals business, effective March 1, the company said.
Lin replaces Eng Soo Chew, who will retire on
Ramachandran will succeed Lin as senior vice president
of the Asia-Pacific crop protection business, effective March
Ramachandran was previously vice
president of marketing for the segment, based in Singapore.
Kothari was appointed vice president of business
management to lead the Shanghai-based mobile emissions catalysts unit, effective
Kothari will replace
Lothar Laupichler, who was named senior vice
president of electronic materials. In that post, effective
April 1, he will be based out of Ludwigshafen, Germany.
US-based paints and coatings firm Valspar
named John Wardzel as senior vice president of
Wardzel joins Valspar from
Celanese, where he held a similar
He will report to Valspar
executive vice president Steven Erdahl.
Russell Gordon will take over as chief financial
officer for US-based coatings and sealants company RPM
International, effective April 10.
Gordon, who currently serves as RPMs vice president of
corporate planning, was elected by the companys board of
He will succeed Robert
Matejka, who is retiring.
RPM in 1995.
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