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DSM Engineering Plastics announces leadership change

DSM has named Roeland Polet as Business Group Director at DSM Engineering Plastics, succeeding Roelof Westerbeek. Roeland Polet joins DSM from coatings supplier Valspar Company, where he most recently was Senior Vice President, Global Industrial and Corporate Development, based in Minneapolis (United States) and Shanghai (China).

DSM has named Roeland Polet as Business Group Director at DSM Engineering Plastics, succeeding Roelof Westerbeek.

Roeland Polet joins DSM from coatings supplier Valspar Company, where he most recently was Senior Vice President, Global Industrial and Corporate Development, based in Minneapolis (United States) and Shanghai (China).

Roeland Polet was previously with DSM, and rejoins the engineering plastics supplier from coatings
manufacturer Valspar.
Roeland is a dual citizen of the United States and the Netherlands who has lived and worked extensively internationally. In his years at Valspar, he has led the Global Industrial Coatings division and has been a member of the company´s Operating Committee.

Roeland´s experience spans across DSM business areas, including positions as General Manager in Ticona/Celanese, where his roles included General Manager of Ticona Engineering Polymers, as well as 10 years of previous experience in DSM Engineering Plastics in the areas of R&D and Marketing.

Roelof Westerbeek, a Dutch national, joined DSM in 1989 and developed his career towards the role of President DSM Engineering Plastics Asia Pacific since 2008 he has held the position of Business Group Director DSM Engineering Plastics. Roelof's passion, energy and vision have been one of the fundaments of DSM Engineering Plastics' success as a leader in high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions.

The handover between Westerbeek and Polet commenced on 3 July 2015. After the handover is complete, during Q3 2015, Westerbeek will be engaged in various, yet to be defined projects in DSM until 1 July 2016, upon which he will leave DSM. He remains based in Singapore.

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