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

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 company’s 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 Fluor’s energy and chemicals group.

He was responsible for global activities in the downstream sector, including the refining, upgrading and gas-conversion industries.

“David’s 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 continued growth.”

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 Chemical.

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 refiner said.

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 company’s annual shareholder meeting in August.

Molinini is currently serving as the company’s 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 company’s growth strategies.

Tom Buchner was appointed by the supervisory board of Dutch chemicals producer AkzoNobel as the company’s new CEO.

Buchner was also named to the board of management. He replaces outgoing CEO and board management member Hans Wijers.

Thilo Mannhardt will become CEO of Brazilian specialty chemicals producer Ultrapar on January 1, 2013.

He succeeds current CEO Pedro Wongtschnowski, who will be taking a position on the company’s 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).

Noonan’s primary responsibility will be to manage the company’s 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 company’s 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 Corp. (SABIC).

Al-Mady, who earned his bachelor’s 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

Kosalek’s 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 Yokogawa’s America region president Chester J. Mroz.

“With 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 said.

In the position, Verhappen will be responsible for overseeing all Yokogawa business operations in Canada.

Global water technology company Xylem named Mike Delzingaro as vice president and director of sales for dewatering solutions.

Delzingaro has 14 years of experience with Godwin Pumps and Xylem. Most recently, he was regional manager for the northeast region.

Delzingaro will report to managing director Grant Salstrom, and is a member of Xylem’s 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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