MUMBAI, India—Carbon black supplier Birla Carbon has launched a major restructuring that will transition its business operations from five geographical regions into one "global functional organization."
The move was made to "drive closer connection to its customers, focus on market-driven innovation, and leverage its global capabilities," the company said.
"The Birla Carbon business has always been keenly focused on our customers, and we believe that these changes will allow us to bring a greater focus to those relationships in a way that will lead to even greater innovation and partnership," Birla Carbon CEO Santrupt B. Misra said in a statement.
The company also made the following personnel moves:
- John Davidson, the president of the Europe and Africa Region, will become the chief sales and marketing officer. Davidson will continue to report to chief operating officer John Loudermilk.
- Sanjeev Sood, currently the president of the South Asia region, will become the chief manufacturing officer for Asia.
- Dale Clark, currently chief technology officer, will become the chief manufacturing officer for Americas, Europe, and Africa. Sood and Clark will continue to report to Loudermilk. They also will have responsibility for all manufacturing and supply chain activities in their respective regions along with joint accountability for global quality and engineering services.
- Ronaldo Duarte, president of the South America region, will retire from Birla Carbon later in the year after more than 40 years in a variety of leadership roles.
- Mark Bass, president of the North America region, and Todd Cottrell, president of specialty and North Asia, are leaving Birla Carbon to pursue other opportunities.
"We are always seeking ways to be more customer-centric in everything we do," Loudermilk said in a statement. "This transition supports that ambition while sharpening our focus on the markets we serve and delivering innovative solutions that help our customers create value."