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

ConocoPhillips has named seven members to the board of directors for Phillips 66, its independent downstream spinoff company.

The board will be headed by Greg Garland, the Phillips 66 CEO, as chairman.

Other members include J. Brian Ferguson, the former CEO of Eastman Chemical; William Loomis, an independent financial advisor; John Lowe, assistant to the CEO of ConocoPhillips since 2008; Harold McGraw III, CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies; Glenn Tilton, chairman of the Midwest for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; and Victoria Tschinkel, who currently serves as the chairwoman of the 1000 Friends of Florida conservation group.

Phillips 66 will officially become an independent company after the stock market closes on April 30.

Roberto Felipe
was named general manager of SENER, the Mexican engineering and construction company.

In the role, he will be responsible for finding opportunities to participate in the development of the company’s infrastructure in sectors such as civil, architecture, power, oil and gas, aerospace and marine.

Felipe has worked with SENER since 2003 and replaces Jose Manuel Belmonte.

Global project management and engineering firm Wood Group Mustang recently appointed Bill Vacary to the position of director of business development for the industrial segment of the company’s process plants and industrial business unit.

Vacary will be based in an office in Greenville, South Carolina, where he will lead the development and implementation of strategies to grow and diversify the business.

He will also represent Wood Group Mustang’s global performance subsidiary, which has managed several of the largest capital programs in South Carolina history, the company said.

Suellen Torregrosa will take over as president for dosing, mixing and fluid control technologies company Milton Roy.

Torregrosa has been a vice president with the company since 2008, in which she managed all the American activities of the company as general manager of Milton Roy Americas.

She replaces outgoing CEO Jean-Claude Pharamond, who retired in March 2012.

Brazilian petrochemicals company Braskem named Fernando Musa as CEO of Philadelphia-based Braskem America.

Braskem America was created after Braskem acquired Sunoco’s polypropylene business in 2010. In addition to the role as CEO, Musa will also oversee the company’s European operations, Braskem said.

Musa most recently served as Braskem’s vice president of planning, information technology and purchasing.

Musa succeeds Luiz de Mendonca, who left the post upon his recent appointment as CEO of ETH Bioenergia.

Mark Rohr
has officially succeeded the retiring David Weidman as CEO of US-based chemical firm Celanese, effective April 2.

The announcement was first made in November 2011.

Rohr, who has been a director of Celanese since 2007, was previously CEO and chairman of US specialty chemicals producer Albemarle.

Switzerland’s chemicals and pharmaceuticals firm Lonza appointed Richard Ridinger as its new CEO, effective May 1.

Ridinger had served as executive vice president of Cognis’ care chemicals business and as a member of the Cognis executive board.

Ridinger takes over the position from Rolf Soiron, who has been the acting CEO since late January.

US renewable chemicals company Amyris named Steven Mills as chief financial officer (CFO), effective May 2.

Mills retired from US agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in February, where he was CFO and senior executive vice president.

Mills replaces Jeryl Hilleman, who is leaving the company.

Thailand’s oil and gas conglomerate PTT announced a series of changes among the group’s senior executives.

Veerasak Kositpaisal will take over as CEO of Thai Oil, moving over from his current role as CEO of PTT Global Chemical.

Kositpaisal will succeed Surong Bulakul in the role. Bulakul was appointed as PTT’s chief financial officer, replacing Tevin Vongvanich.

Vongvanich, for his part, was named president and CEO of PTT Exploration and Production.

Meanwhile, current PTT Exploration and Production president and CEO Anon Sirisaengtaksin will take over as president and CEO of PTT Global Chemical.

Surong’s appointment is effective May 1, while the dates of the others will be decided at a later time.

South Korean refining major S-Oil has appointed Nasser Al-Mahasher as its new CEO, effective early April.

Al-Mahasher most recently served as head of Toyko-based Saudi Petroleum, which performs marketing support services for Saudi Aramco.

He replaces Ahmed Subaey, who will return to Saudi Aramco, S-Oil said. Saudi Aramco owns a 35% stake in S-Oil.

German chemical company BASF named Marko Murtonen as vice president of BASF and general manager of Shanghai BASF Polyurethane Company (SBPC).

Murtonen joined BASF in 2010 and is currently the site director at BASF Netherland B.V. Maastricht.

Murtonen replaces Marco Millies, who was transferred to serve as managing director of BASF PharmaChemikalien GmbH & Co. in Minden, Germany.

appointed Hans Wijers as its deputy chairman and senior independent director, taking effect on May 23.

Wijers presently serves as a non-executive director of Shell, a chairman of the group’s remuneration committee and as a member of its nomination and succession committee.

He will succeed Lord Kerr, who is stepping down as a non-executive director of the company.

Wijers recently stepped down as CEO of Dutch producer AkzoNobel.

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