Top management change at Santex Rimar Group

SANTEX RIMAR GROUP shareholders announced on June 6, 2018 top management change and appoint Simone Rancan, former SMIT CEO, as new CEO of SANTEX RIMAR GROUP ensuring continuity and a smooth transition after the leadership of Stefano Gallucci.

Simone Racan

Simone Rancan started his career in Sperotto Rimar and afterwards managed important companies of the weaving and spinning sector. He joined SANTEX RIMAR GROUP in 2016 as SMIT CEO.

Stefano Gallucci is nominated CEO of CenterVue, a manufacturer of highly

Stefano Galluci

automated medical systems for the diagnosis and management of ocular pathologies based in Italy and USA controlled by SANTEX RIMAR GROUP shareholders.

Ferdinando Businaro, SANTEX RIMAR GROUP President, and all employees jointly thank Stefano Gallucci for the transformational development in his leadership years as Group CEO and for his contribution in the Group remarkable growth.

Clariant’s Deepak Parikh to join American Chemistry Council Board of Directors

North America Region President Deepak Parikh joins ACC Board of Directors as of January 1, 2019

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced that Deepak Parikh, Clariant’s Region President of North America, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Parikh was approved to serve on the Board of Directors during the ACC Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs (CO), for a term from January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2021.

Deepak Parikh

“I am proud to join the ACC’s Board of Directors and appreciate this opportunity to align further with our industry colleagues in the United States,” said Deepak Parikh, Clariant’s Region President of North America. “I look forward to working with the ACC leadership to ensure the chemical industry continues building its reputation and achieving sustainable success in the U.S.”

The American Chemistry Council represents the diverse set of companies that make up the $768 billion enterprise that is the chemistry business in North America. The council is committed to working on solving some of the biggest challenges facing our nation and our world by advocating for public policies that support the creation of groundbreaking products to improve lives, protect our environment and enhance the economic vitality of communities.

With more than 50 sites, over 2400 employees and a turnover of around USD 1.25 billion across the US and Canada, Clariant has already established itself as a significant specialty chemicals player in North America. By 2021, the company expects that North America will be its second-largest global market due to a cross-business growth strategy that includes advancing its R&D competencies, investments to further increase both its manufacturing footprint and technical capabilities, and the leveraging of shale gas opportunities. Clariant’s three R&D and six technical innovation centers based from California to North Carolina and from Texas to Illinois – along with its leading university partnerships – are the backbones of this growth strategy.

Parikh joined Clariant’s North American region as Region President and chief executive officer of both Clariant Corporation and Clariant Canada Inc. in July 2017. Parikh, a U.S. citizen, most recently served as Clariant’s Region President for India, Midde East Africa as well as vice chairman and managing director of Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited. During the previous two decades, he worked with Dow Chemical and DuPont in the USA and Asia where he held various global and regional leadership roles in research and development, commercial and business development functions.

Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31 2017 the company employed a total workforce of 18 135. In the financial year 2017, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.377 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation through R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability.


Luciano Benetton awarded with Doctor of Fine Arts

In the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Luciano Benetton was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

During the commencement ceremony, which involved more than 3,800 students, Luciano Benetton was recognized “for his contribution to innovation in industry, his bold ideas and his lifelong quest for unity, civility and respect among all people.”

Designer, inventor and engineer Chuck Hoberman and celebrity stylist and television personality Lilliana Vazquez were the keynote speakers at the event.

Luciano Benetton

Luciano Benetton commented: “I am particularly honored and excited to receive this degree from such a prestigious institution in a city that continues to be the beating heart and extraordinary showcase of art and culture. I have always admired the American melting pot, which certainly inspired us in our mission to color the world. I dedicate this recognition to my country, Italy, and above all to young people whom I always invite to dream with courage and optimism for a better civilization”.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT noted: “Creativity and innovation are central to FIT’s curriculum and community, and a commitment to diversity is one of our core principles, so Luciano Benetton is a stellar example to our students. He is inspiring in both his career success, with his global outlook and fresh approach to business practice, and his personal values, including a deep humanity and willingness to take on difficult issues.”

FIT, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for almost 75 years. Providing its 9000 students with an uncommon blend of hands-on, practical experience, theory, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of affordable programs that foster innovation and collaboration. Its distinctive curriculum is geared to today’s rapidly growing creative economy, including fields such as computer animation, toy design, production management, film and media, and cosmetics and fragrance marketing. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers nearly 50 programs and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the new creative economy.