HOUSTON—Juan Ramon Salinas has been named to succeed James L. McGraw as leader of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers.
Salinas, a 17-year veteran at Dynasol, will become managing director and CEO of the IISRP, effective July 1. He served the past seven years as worldwide commercial and marketing director of Dynasol, a producer of SSBR, SBS and SEBS rubber.
The prior 10 years he served in several roles for the SR firm, including business developing and marketing manager, logistics and customer service manager, and development manager.
“The IISRP is fortunate to have recruited such an experienced executive to assume the leadership of the organization,” McGraw said in a statement. He led the search process since announcing his retirement last year. “Our objective was to secure a leader with commercial knowledge and with a technical background, both of which are a must for the position.”
Prior to working at Dynasol, his experience included time as plant director for polystyrene producer Resirene in Mexico, and as a project manager for Caterpillar Mexico and Grupo Cydsa's acrylic fiber division.
In making the announcement, the IISRP noted that as a business leader Salinas “is able to lead multinational teams, identify, develop/create and pursue business growth strategies.”
McGraw joined the IISRP in 1997 as deputy managing director and was named managing director in 1999. That followed a 25-year career at American Synthetic Rubber Co.
Following a three-month transition period, McGraw will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee for the next year.
The Houston-based IISRP has 60 corporate members from 22 countries, producing 80 percent of the world's supply of SR. It also has regional offices in Milan, Tokyo and Beijing.