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

PPG Industries appointed Diane Kappas as its vice president of environment, health and safety, effective October 1.

Kappas will report to Michael H. McGarry, senior vice president of commodity chemicals. She succeeds John Richter, who was named vice president of operations and coatings for the Asia-Pacific region at PPG’s China headquarters in Shanghai.

In her new role, Kappas will lead PPG’s global environmental affairs, including product stewardship, health, safety, compliance assurance and the corporate medical function, the company said.

She initially joined PPG in 1986 as an engineer trainee in industrial coatings. Since 2007, she was a business director in PPG’s silicas business.

Dow Chemical
has named Matt Davis vice president of global government affairs and public affairs.

Davis had worked as Dow’s vice president of public affairs since 2009.

Dow CEO Andrew Liveris said that government affairs and public affairs would play an increasingly critical role for the company going forward.

has promoted Bob Bradshaw to president of Airgas Mid South, one of 12 regional US distribution companies owned by the firm.

Bradshaw will be based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lead Airgas’ distribution business in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, north Texas, north Louisiana, western Tennessee and northwest Mississippi.

He previously worked as vice president for south central Texas at Airgas Southwest.

Bradshaw will report to Terry Lodge, who became president of Airgas’ central division in May.

Gert Wendroth
will leave his post as CEO of H&R, a Germany-based producer specialty chemicals, waxes and plasticizers.

Wendroth said the decision was made for personal reasons. His contract expires on June 30, 2012.

The America section of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) awarded its SCI Gordon E. Moore medal to Doron Levin, advanced engineering associate with ExxonMobil.

The medal was given to Levin for his “remarkable track record of discovery, development, and commercialization of novel catalytic processes for the improved environmental performance of the production processes for chemicals, clean fuels and high-performance lubricants,” according to SCI officials.

He will receive the innovation award at a luncheon on September 20 in Philadelphia.

Rodolphe Reverchon
was appointed as president of Manoir Petroleum & Nuclear, one of three business units of France-based Manoir Industries.

He succeeds Pierre Lefebvre, who is stepping down after 25 years with the company.

Reverchon began his career as an engineer, then worked as a quality manager and plant manager in the plastics and automotive industrial sectors, the company said.

Manoir said his “strong industrial background” and international experience would help the company to pursue a global growth strategy, following recent acquisitions in the UK, China and India.

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