SEOUL, South Korea (April 14, 2011)—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers has elected Polimeri Europa executive Antonio Protopapa as its president international for 2011-2012, succeeding Chan-koo Park of Kumho Petrochemical, who is holding that post this year.
Protopapa, commercial director for Polimeri Europa, will preside over the Annual General Meeting of the organization of most of the world's SR producers next year in Venice, Italy. Park, chairman and CEO of Kumho Petrochemical, is handling those duties at the institute's conference in Seoul, which ends today.
Protopapa also will serve as president of the institute's European Section, along with 12 other members who were elected during the 52nd Annual General Meeting. They are:
*Far East Section—Koichi Kawasaki of JSR, president, and Wang Yuqing of Sinopec, vice president;
* European Section—Ignacio Marco of Dynasol, vice president, and Abraham Brink of Karbochem, standing member; and
*Americas Section—Ken Hertl of Goodyear Chemical, president; John Lyon of ExxonMobil, vice president; and Tim Gorman of ISP Elastomers, standing member.
Continuing to serve on the Executive Committee are Park of Kumho, past-president international; Wei-Hua Tu of TSRC, treasurer; and James L. McGraw, IISRP managing director & CEO, assistant treasurer and secretary.
The April 11-14 Seoul meeting was the institute's first in South Korea, and drew 160 participants, the highest number for such a conference in several years.