CLEVELAND (Oct. 13, 2011)—Joseph Walker will serve as chairman of the ACS Rubber Division in 2012, followed by Leonard Thomas in 2013, and various other members will be moving up, the organization revealed in a publication distributed at its Rubber Expo Oct. 13.
Walker is from Freudenberg-NOK, and Thomas, a consultant, formerly worked at Caterpillar.
The division also named as officers in 2012 Doug Ruch, ChemRep Inc., as treasurer; Terry DeLapa, Sunboss Chemicals Corp., assistant treasurer, and Leo C. Gross Jr., Rhein Chemie Corp., secretary. The division changed its bylaws a few years ago to eliminate some of the competitive voting, ensuring officers on the chairman's track spend a couple of years at each post as they advance to chairman.
That means Ruch is scheduled to be chairman in 2014, and DeLapa will be chairman in 2015.
This year's chairman, Walter Waddell of ExxonMobil, becomes past-chairman next year.