SEATTLE— Jong-Hoon Baek, an executive vice president for Kumho Petrochemicals, was elected president of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers for 2019-20.He will succeed Brian Chapman, who will become the institute's past–president international.
Baek, who was elected at the association's 60th annual general meeting on May 15, has a range of experience in the polymer industry from roles he has had in technical, marketing and sales areas, in addition to senior management positions he has held.
He was appointed executive VP for sales and marketing at Kumho Petrochemicals in January 2016 and is responsible for all products including synthetic rubber and polymers.
Baek also will serve as president of institute's the Asia Pacific section, IISRP's statement pointed out.
Other members elected to the institute's executive committee for the year 2019-20 were:
- Zhang Yong of Sinopec, as vice-president of the Asia Pacific section;
- Rami Madadin of Sabic, as president of the EMEA section;
- Enrico Lucchese of Versalis, as vice president of the EMEA section;
- Dirk Zinkweg of Dow Chemical, as president of the Americas section;
- Mark Plante of TSRC Dexco, as vice-president of the Americas section;
- Hendrick Lam of TSRC, as a member of the finance, pension and audit committee;
- Ralf Irmert of Trinseo, as a member of the finance, pension and audit committee; and
- Juan Ramon Salinas, as IISRP managing director, assistant treasurer and recording secretary.
The IISRP is an international not-for-profit trade association with more than 60 corporate members, representing about 75 percent of the world's supply of synthetic rubber.
Incorporated in 1960 and headquartered in Houston, the institute supports section offices in Milan, Tokyo, and Beijing.