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Versace appoints Jonathan Akeroyd new CEO

Jonathan Akeroyd has been appointed new CEO of Italian luxury fashion house Gianni Versace. He succeeds Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who joined Versace in 2009. Akeroyd served as CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 till May 2016. At Alexander McQueen, Jonathan was responsible for the growth and international expansion of the brand, working with the creative and leadership teams during one of the label’s most robust periods.

Alexander McQueen is known for its dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture. He brings a proven track record in building global brands, steering growth and driving strategic development. His industry expertise and vision will be key to advancing the next phase of Versace’s development.

At Versace Jonathan Akeroyd looks forward to implementing a long-term business strategy that supports the visionary and creative direction of Donatella Versace and her team. Donatella Versace is the vice president and artistic director.

Versace is an iconic lifestyle brand recognised globally as a premier name in luxury. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including haute couture, women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories etc. The brand’s products are available globally through a network of over 180 Versace retail stores.

Albemarle names new Vice President, tax & chief tax counsel

Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced that Brian Tessin will be joining the company as vice president, tax & chief tax counsel, reporting to Scott Tozier, chief financial officer.  In this role, Tessin will be responsible for overall leadership of the company’s global tax organization, including the design and implementation of a global tax policy and strategy.

Brian TessinTessin is a seasoned tax executive with over 23 years of industry and public accounting experience.  He has been employed by Dow Corning Corporation for the last 19 years and serves as the company’s corporate vice president, tax.  Additionally, he has been heavily involved in the ownership restructuring transaction between The Dow Chemical Company and Corning Inc., which was announced earlier today, June 1, 2016.

We are pleased that Brian will be joining Albemarle’s corporate finance team,” said Tozier. “We are excited about the contribution his background and expertise will afford the company as we move forward.”

Tessin will join the company by September 2016 and succeed Richard Fishman, Albemarle’s vice president, tax & chief tax counsel, who will retire at the end of this year.

Expressing gratitude for Fishman’s service, Tozier said, “During his 10 years of dedicated service, Rich made invaluable contributions to Albemarle’s success, growth and shareholder value. His committed leadership of the tax and treasury organizations endeared him to both his team and the entire Albemarle family.”

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a premier specialty chemicals company with leading positions in attractive end markets around the world. With a broad customer reach and diverse end markets, Albemarle develops, manufactures and markets technologically advanced and high value added products, including lithium and lithium compounds, bromine and bromine derivatives, catalysts and surface treatment chemistries used in a wide range of applications including consumer electronics, flame retardants, metal processing, plastics, contemporary and alternative transportation vehicles, refining, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, construction and custom chemistry services. Albemarle is focused on delivering differentiated, performance-based technologies that deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers. The Company employs approximately 6900 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries.

Coats appoints new CFO Chief Financial Officer

Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, announces that Simon Boddie is to become Chief Financial Officer with effect from Monday July 4, 2016. 

CFO of CoatsSimon was previously Group Finance Director of Electrocomponents plc, the FTSE 250 industrial distribution business which operates in 32 countries worldwide, and is currently a Non-Executive Director at Michael Page International PLC, the FTSE 250 international specialist recruitment group.

Simon has over thirty years of experience in finance.  He joined Electrocomponents as Group Finance Director in 2005 where he focused on international growth, e-commerce channel expansion, cost reduction, cash maximisation, financings and investor relations during a ten year career.  Prior to Electrocomponents, he worked for Diageo, the leading international drinks business, for thirteen years where he held a variety of senior finance positions.  Latterly, he was Finance Director of Key Markets which comprised fifteen mid-sized country markets around the world.  Prior to that he was Finance Director for Global Supply and ran the integration of the beer and spirits supply operations to form a single global supply chain business.  

Paul Forman, Group Chief Executive, Coats said: ‘This is a high calibre appointment of somebody with demonstrable FTSE 250 experience at the point Coats is looking to consolidate its FTSE 250 aspirations.  Simon has extensive international operations, emerging markets and digital experience, an ideal fit for Coats given our global footprint and leading market positions.  I am confident Simon will continue to drive the improvements we have made to our financial capabilities and support Coats in delivering our growth strategy.’

Simon started his career at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  He spent six years in the Corporate Finance Team of Hill Samuel Bank, working across a range of transactions, including M&A, IPOs and capital raisings.   

Simon has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.  Simon is also a Governor of Rupert House School, an independent preparatory school, in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. 

Simon replaces former Chief Financial Officer, Richard Howes who left in April 2016 to become Chief Financial Officer of Inchcape plc.

Huntsman names new President of Textile Effects

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced that Rohit Aggarwal will succeed Paul Hulme as President of Huntsman’s Textile Effects division, effective July 31, 2016.

Most recently Huntsman’s Vice President and Managing Director of Indian Subcontinent, a position he has held since July 1, 2015, Aggarwal joined Huntsman in 2005 and has held various positions within the corporation’s Advanced Materials and Textile Effects divisions.  In 2013 he left Huntsman to join Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. as Chief Executive Officer of Asia Region, a position he held until his return in 2015.

Rohit-AggarwalAggarwal has more than 20 years’ experience in the chemical industry across multiple chemical specialties.  He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a master’s degree in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.

After 17 years with Huntsman, Paul Hulme has elected to retire as President of Textile Effects division, a position he has held since 2006.  Hulme joined Huntsman in 1999 with the acquisition of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), where he spent the first 15 years of his career.  He subsequently held a variety of senior roles throughout Huntsman.

Huntsman President and CEO Peter Huntsman said: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Paul for his dedicated service to Huntsman for more than three decades.  Ten years ago, when Paul assumed leadership of our Textile Effects division, the textile sector was facing acute economic and environmental challenges. Today our textile business is aligned with the industry’s growth markets, and its cost efficiency and sustainability platform are widely recognized as industry best practice. I am very pleased that Rohit Aggarwal has accepted the lead role in our Textile Effects division. I am confident that, under his direction, the business will prosper and thrive.”

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2015 revenues of approximately USD 10 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions.

EDANA elects renewed Board of Governors, welcomes Martin Rapp as new Chairperson

EDANA announces the results of the election of its Annual General Meeting, which confirmed the renewed Board of Governors for 2016-2017, welcomingBoard Martin_Rapp Martin Rapp as Chairperson for 2016-2017. The newly elected Board will start their service on July 1, 2016.

In addition to his previous 5-year service to EDANA on the Board of Governors, Martin is the Chair of the Communications Steering Group, and has ensured his company’s support to a considerable number of EDANA projects and activities over that period. “It is an honour and pleasure to serve the broad EDANA membership as Chair, and build on the evolution that we have delivered over the past 4 years to our focus and member company services. My focus will be to ensure that the Association’s activities meet our strategic interests of global outreach, sector expansion and anticipating those challenges to our industries, and to ensure the financial performance and health of the association.” said Martin Rapp, newly elected Chair of EDANA’s Board of Governors.

The Annual General Meeting again confirmed Mikael S. Axelsen and Pieter Meijer as Vice Chairs to the Board for 2016-2017, supported by Paul Eevers as Treasurer. Additionally, the following Governors currently serving on the Board were elected for an additional 3-year term:

    Mr. Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex Personal Care, Denmark)

    Mr. Paul Eevers (Unilever, Belgium)

    Mr. Frank Heislitz (Freudenberg Performance Materials, Germany)

    Mr. Enno Henze (Johns Manville, U.S.A.)

    Mr. Krzysztof Malowaniec (Paul Hartmann, Germany)

    Mr. Christian B. Marx (DuPont de Nemours International, Switzerland)

Outgoing Chairperson Patricia Featherstone said “The past four years have seen considerable changes occur within EDANA, designed to better meet the needs of member companies, and ensure that EDANA is ‘fit for the future’. As an association, we have challenged our member companies, and as a result, have opened wide-ranging discussions about the way in which we prepare and respond to the challenges and opportunities for our industries. In particular, I would like to thank the entire EDANA staff, and celebrate their embrace of this evolution, in their adaptation of the way they support member companies, taking on additional training and achieving a number of milestones in the delivery of services to the entire membership.”

From the July 1, 2016, the 29 representatives of the EDANA Board of Governors will be:

    Mr. Jerry Baker (Kimberly-Clark, U.S.A.)

    Mr. Ludwig Busam (Procter & Gamble, Germany)

    Mr. Richard Company (Clopay Brazil, Brazil)

    Mr. Eric De Kesel (Mölnlycke Health Care, Belgium)

    Mr. José Durany (Rubi Industrial, Spain)

    Mr. Paul Eevers (Unilever, Belgium)

    Mr. Jean-Marc Galvez (Berry Plastics Company, Spain)

    Mr. Robert Green (NatureWorks, U.S.A.)

    Mrs. Patricia Featherstone (RKW SE, Belgium)

    Mr. Thorsten Habeck (BASF, Germany)

    Mr. Joachim Harms (Johnson & Johnson, Germany)

    Mr. Frank Heislitz (Freudenberg Performance Materials, Germany)

    Mr. Enno Henze (Johns Manville, U.S.A.)

    Mr. Omar Hoek (Ahlstrom, France)

    Mrs. Åsa Johansson (SCA Hygiene Products, Sweden)

    Mr. Mahdy Katbe (Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries, Saudi Arabia)

    Mr. Frantisek Klaska (Pegas Nonwovens, Czech Republic)

    Mrs. Nina Kopola (Suominen Corporation, Finland)

    Mr. David Lamb (BFF Technical Fabrics, U.K.)

    Mr. Krzysztof Malowaniec (Paul Hartmann, Germany)

    Mr. Giorgio Mantovani (Corman, Italy)

    Mr. Christian B. Marx (DuPont de Nemours International, Switzerland)

    Mr. Dogan Mazicioglu (General Nonwovens, Turkey)

    Mr. Pieter Meijer (McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe, Germany)

    Mr. Wolfgang Plasser (Lenzing, Austria)

    Mr. Martin Rapp (Glatfelter, Germany)

    Mr. Christian Heinrich Sandler (Sandler, Germany)

    Mr. Ali Sisman (Hassan Group, Turkey)

    Mr. Mikael Staal Axelsen (Fibertex Personal Care, Denmark)


Paul Stenson (Ahlstrom Corporation) had previously informed EDANA that he was unable to continue his role through to 2018, and therefore resigned from the Board of Governors. Mr. Omar Hoek, also from Ahlstrom, was proposed by a committee of industry representatives, and elected in his place.

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