AKRON—Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. promoted Bonnie Stuck to the position of president, after former President Jerry Leyden retired June 2.
Stuck's leadership skills, integrity and work ethic build on ARDL's reputation within the industry, and her technical aptitude will help sustain ARDL's position in the industry, according to a company statement. She joined ARDL in January 2009 in the position of senior technical advisor.
"I look forward to working with our staff in transitioning to a new facility and to keeping the vision alive that our founder C.R. Samples started the company with," Stuck said in a statement.
Leyden will continue his relationship with the company in the capacity of president emeritus. He worked with ARDL for 25 years.
In addition, Ted Nelson and Ana Barbur will assume new roles within a redefined corporate structure. Nelson will fill the newly created position of vice president, compounding/physical testing services, and will oversee the Physical Testing, Plastics Testing, Compounding Services and Adhesives department. Nelson has been a part of the rubber industry for more than 28 years, and has prior experience as a compound development chemist, process chemist, technical director, plant manager and vice president of technology with multiple companies.
Barbur, who has industry experience as a research scientist, has been promoted to the position of vice president, chemical/analytical services. For the past 15 years, Barbur has managed ARDL's chemical, pharmaceutical and microbiological laboratories. Under the new structure, Barbur will also be responsible for Microscopy Services at ARDL.