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Global engineering and construction servies company
KBR hired David Zelinski as
president of its downstream business, where he will be
responsible for providing leadership to the downstream unit of
the companys hydrocarbons group.
Zelinski has 28 years of industry experience, including a
recent stint as senior vice president and business line leader
for the downstream business line of
Fluors energy and chemicals group.
He was responsible for global activities in the downstream
sector, including the refining, upgrading and
Davids consistent record of leadership success
makes him an exception addition to KBR, said Roy
Oelking, group president of hydrocarbons for KBR.
He will be an asset to the business in helping to drive
The American Chemistry Council presented
its Responsible Care member company Employee of the Year award
to Rollie B. Shook, emergency services and
security associate director for Dow
Shook was honored for his performance as a leader in emergency
response and planning and security systems management, the
trade group said.
In addition, he is chair of the national TRANSCAER
Task Group, where he provides expertise on planning
and response on a global basis. In 2011, his leadership and
professionalism were exemplified throughout the Japan tsunami
and earthquake and the ensuing fallout, according to Dow.
His high level of performance and contributions to
safety and security are a true asset to Dow and Responsible
Care, said Dave Kepler, executive vice president of
business services and chief sustainability officer for Dow.
Valero Energy named chief commercial officer
Joe Gorder as its new chief operating officer
and an executive vice president.
In addition to his prior responsibilities within
marketing, supply and transportation, Gorder will now be the
head of refining operations, the US-based
The chief operating officer role had been vacant for Valero
since the end of 2010.
Michael Molinini will take over as CEO and president
of US-based industrial gases firm Airgas
following the companys annual shareholder meeting in
Molinini is currently serving as the companys chief
operating officer. He replaces Peter
McCausland, who will become executive chairman of
Airgas board of directors.
McCausland, who founded Airgas in 1982, will continue to
oversee development of the companys growth
Tom Buchner was appointed by the supervisory board of
Dutch chemicals producer AkzoNobel as the
companys new CEO.
Buchner was also named to the board of management. He
replaces outgoing CEO and board management member Hans
Thilo Mannhardt will become CEO of Brazilian specialty
chemicals producer Ultrapar on January 1,
He succeeds current CEO Pedro
Wongtschnowski, who will be taking a position on the
companys board of directors.
Mannhardt most recently was a senior partner of global
management consulting firm McKinsey.
US-based specialty chemicals company
Chemtura appointed Anne
Noonan as vice president of strategic business
development to oversee mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Noonans primary responsibility will be to manage the
companys portfolio, the company said. However, she will
also remain head of the flame retardants, bromine and
brominated performance products business of Chemtura subsidiary
Great Lakes Solutions.
Chemtura also hired Keith DuPont as vice
president and general manager of Great Lakes Solutions,
effective May 1. DuPont was previously the companys vice
president of global procurement.
The University of Colorado Boulder
conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree on
Mohamed Al-Mady, CEO of Saudi Basic Industries
Al-Mady, who earned his bachelors degree in chemical
engineering at the school in 1973, received the degree in a
commencement ceremony on May 11.
The university had previously honored Al-Mady in 2010 with
the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award as an
influential leader in the energy industry.
The lessons I learned here formed my future, not only
in my career at SABIC but also my interest in continuing
education, Al-Mady said.
Voith Turbo promoted Jim Kosalek to
the new position of director of turbo machinery.
The turbo machinery group, which is a part of the industry
division, has three product groups including variable speed
drives, Voith-BHS gear, and electronic drive systems
Kosaleks promotion is a part of a
recent company expansion across all four Voith
Turbo divisions road, rail, marine and industry.
Specialty valves company Chromatic
Industries hired Wayne Hall as its
new president and CEO.
Hall began his appointment in April 2012 after nearly three
decades of experience in the valve industry, said Chromatic,
known for its Hemiwedge cartridge valve.
Hall previously worked with Tk Valve, Argus Valve, Puffer
Sweiven and CVI solutions, where he was co-founder.
"With the hiring of Wayne Hall to lead the organization, I
believe we now have all the pieces in places to build a
significant company providing superior products and excellent
customer service," said Scott D. Josey, owner
of The Woodlands, Texas-based Chromatic.
Yokogawa Electric Corp. appointed
Ian Verhappen as managing director of its
Canadian business, where he will report to Yokogawas
America region president Chester J. Mroz.
his experience and reputation as a strong leader in the
industrial automation industry, Yokogawa is well positioned to
expand business in the Canadian market, the company
In the position, Verhappen will be
responsible for overseeing all Yokogawa business operations in
Global water technology company
Xylem named Mike Delzingaro
as vice president and director of sales for dewatering
Delzingaro has 14 years of experience with Godwin Pumps and
Xylem. Most recently, he was regional manager for the northeast
Delzingaro will report to managing director Grant
Salstrom, and is a member of Xylems dewatering
solutions management team in the US.
He is a well-known pump systems expert, with great
customer focus, Salstrom said of Delzingaro.
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