INDUSTRY MOVES: People in the news

This is the latest entry in a regular series hosted on the HPInformer blog. With People in the news, we keep tabs on the movers and shakers in the HPI. If you know someone that just got promoted or are trying to get word out about new leadership at your company, let us know! Send an email with all the pertinent details to

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 from Germany.

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.

has appointed Brian Gilvary as its new chief financial officer (CFO) effective January 1, 2012.

Gilvary is presently BP’s deputy group chief financial officer and head of finance.

He replaces Byron Grote, who will accept a position as BP’s executive vice president for corporate business activities.

chief executive Rex W. Tillerson was named the 2011 recipient of the Global Leadership award from the United Nations Foundation.

The award recognizes ExxonMobil efforts to meet the United Nations’ goal of substantially reducing deaths from malaria through the ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative, the company said.

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 and advocacy.

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 company’s 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 Iroquois Bio-Energy.

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 (ADM).

His previous posts with the company included stints as senior vice president of strategic planning as well as chief financial officer.

A successor to Mills was not immediately named.

US catalysts producer WR Grace has elected Gregory Poling as its new president and chief operating officer.

Poling was previously president of Grace Davison, which is the company’s largest operating business.

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 years.

Enerkem’s board also includes Bruce Aitken, CEO of Canadian methanol firm Methanex.

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 (IOMA).

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 effects unit.

Aggarwall had served as vice president of apparels and home textiles, while Kvaal was global vice president of specialty textiles.

Both will be based at Huntsman Textile Effects headquarters in Singapore.

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