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Joest to replace Maschke at Freudenberg Sealing

ALTDORF, Switzerland—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has appointed Rainer Joest as its new president for its global automotive sales and marketing organization, effective April 1.

He replaces Torsten Maschke, who left the company at the end of March to join Datwyler Holding Inc.'s Sealing Solutions Division as a member of its executive management team. He replaces Dirk Lambrecht, who will become the new CEO of the Datwyler Group on Jan. 1.

Until his new appointment, Maschke will provide support during the transition and handle special projects as group chief operating officer.

Freudenberg said Joest brings extensive experience in research and development, sales and manufacturing to his new position. He joined the firm's research and development organization in 1978. He took over the management of automotive sales in Europe in 2011.

In 2006, Joest was promoted to head of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies' Special Sealing Products unit, a position he has held since 2010. Since that time he has been in charge of the company's global Gasket Division, with responsibility for facilities in Europe, the U.S., Brazil, India and China.

Datwyler said Maschke is an expert in elastomer and sealing technology, as well as the automotive industry. He has been responsible for the worldwide distribution of sealing and damping solutions for the automotive industry at Freudenberg since 2011. Prior to that, he held international management roles within the automotive business at Freudenberg.

NewAge Industries appoints sales manager

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa.—NewAge Industries Inc. has promoted Stephen McDevitt to the role of inside sales manager.

McDevitt has been with the firm for 13 years and fills the role vacated by Annabelle Black, who retired in December 2015 after 29 years with the company.

NewAge said it hired McDevitt in 2002 as technical sales representative, later promoting him to a similar position specializing in products from the firm's biopharma and single-use division, AdvantaPure.

He was named assistant inside sales manager last year, NewAge said.

Dow promotes two, names elastomers president

MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Chemical Co. has promoted a pair of managers to new roles.

Greg Jozwiak has been named business president of the Midland, Mich.-based firm's Elastomers and Electrical and Telecommunications business. He had served for the past three years as commercial vice president of Dow's Packaging & Specialty Plastics unit. Dow Elastomers is a producer of polyolefin elastomers as well as metallocene grades of EPDM.

In addition, Karen Carter has been named North America commercial vice president of P&SP. She has been with Dow for more than 20 years, most recently as global business director of Low Density & Slurry Polyethylene. Carter also had helped develop new business for P&SP.

Triangle Tire adds two executives to sales team

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Triangle Tire USA L.L.C. has hired tire industry sales veterans Sidney “Sid” Parr and D. Tunney Vandevender to lead its commercial and consumer tire sales efforts.

Parr, director of commercial tire sales, brings nearly a quarter century of tire industry experience to Triangle, including time spent with Horizon Tire Co., CMA L.L.C. and American Pacific Industries.

Vandevender, manager of consumer tire sales, most recently was retail sales operations manager for Southern Tire Mart L.L.C. He also has experience with Bridgestone Americas and Goodyear going back more than 20 years.

Bridgestone unit appoints director of marketing

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas Inc. has appointed Jon Kimpel executive director of marketing for GCR Tires & Service, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

He replaces Chris Ripani, who was named president of Speedco, a BATO subsidiary, in 2015.

Kimpel joined Bridgestone Americas in 1995 as an application engineer for Firestone Industrial Products. In the next 20 years, he held various roles including division marketing manager for Firestone Industrial Products and, most recently, executive director of marketing for Firestone Building Products.

DuPont selects president for Performance Materials unit

WILMINGTON, Del.—DuPont Co. has named Randy L. Stone as the president of its Performance Materials business.

He succeeded Patrick E. Linder, who resigned from the company to accept another position, DuPont said.

Stone joined DuPont in 2007 and has served in progressive leadership roles for the former DuPont Dow Elastomers joint venture and at the DuPont Performance Elastomers business.

He also has served as director, investor relations, and most recently in DuPont Performance Materials as global business director, high performance solutions.

PolyOne senior executive Kahler intends to retire

AVON LAKE, Ohio—PolyOne Corp. said in a regulatory filing that Michael E. Kahler, its senior vice president and chief commercial officer, notified the company that he intends to retire effective April 18.

Michael Garratt, currently senior vice president and president of performance products and solutions at the specialty polymers company, has been named to succeed Kahler as chief commercial officer upon Kahler's retirement.

Kahler spent 23 years with Nalco Chemical Co. and eventually joined Alfa Laval Inc. in 2004 as president of the Process Technology division.

EHC appoints production manager for Canada

OSHAWA, Ontario—EHC Global has appointed Steve Sabadin as production manager for its Canada operations.

Sabadin joined the firm in 2007, and EHC said he most recently held the position of research technologist. He's a certified engineering technologist and a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

Russell promoted to VP, technical director at APV

AKRON—APV Engineered Coatings has promoted John Russell to vice president and technical director.

The firm said Russell brings more than 20 years of research in engineering and commercializing advanced chemicals, working for APV the last 16 years as a chemist. He was responsible for formulating coatings and adhesives, and scaling products up for production.

Prior to his role with APV, Russell developed silicon-based coating chemistries for non-stick metal bakeware.