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Names in the news: Macro, Husky, Conair, Plastics Pioneers, Teknor Apex, and ACS Group

Jim Stobie has been appointed CEO at Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. (Mississauga, ON), filling a new position for the manufacturer of plastic film and sheet extrusion machinery. Stobie was promoted to CEO from his position as VP of sales and marketing. Mirek Planeta, president and founder of Macro, said in a release that Stobie will oversee engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and services at Macro.

Jim Stobie has been appointed CEO at Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. (Mississauga, ON), filling a new position for the manufacturer of plastic film and sheet extrusion machinery. Stobie was promoted to CEO from his position as VP of sales and marketing. Mirek Planeta, president and founder of Macro, said in a release that Stobie will oversee engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and services at Macro. Macro created the CEO position to allow Planeta to set aside day-to-day operations of the business and focus on technical R&D efforts. Stobie joined Macro in 1993 and was the sales manager from 1997 to 2006. He rejoined Macro in 2012 after a 6-year stint as VP of sales at Brampton Engineering.

Husky Injection Molding Systems (Bolton, ON) appointed Mark Segal to be VP Finance and CFO, placing him on Husky's executive team and making him the head of the company's global finance organization. Segal was most recently COO of Canada Goose Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor clothing. Segal has past experience at Husky, serving as director, treasury and finance from 1997 to 2000.

The Conair Group (Cranberry Township, PA) has named Raymond Kelly as VP engineering and Michael Wagner as VP aftermarket sales & service. Kelly will be responsible for Conair's core engineering group in Cranberry and Franklin, PA, as well as downstream extrusion operations in Pinconning, MI, and, eventually, for the company's international businesses. Kelly first worked for Conair as electrical/controls manager for seven years in the 1990s, before rejoining the firm as Conveying Product Manager in late 2012. Wagner also worked at Conair in product and project engineering positions in the late 1990s. He will now fill a newly created role bringing together aftermarket sales and service functions. Besides his tenure at Conair between 1995 and 1998, other highlights include stints as sales manager for Arburg Inc., and as director of aftermarket sales at Demag Plastics Group.

The Plastics Pioneers Assn. (McHenry, IL) has selected three new members, tapping individuals with long and notable careers in extrusion and materials R&D. The new members include Dennis Paradise, senior VP of sales and marketing for sheet extrusion systems supplier Processing Technologies Inc. (PTi; Aurora, IL); John Perdikoulias, co-founder of CAE software firm, Compuplast, where he currently serves as president; and Mark Spalding, who has spent his entire 28-year career working in R&D for Dow Plastics. During his career, Paradise has served on the regional advisory board of the Society of the Plastics Industry and has presented papers at numerous conferences around the world. He is also a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Perdikoulias has worked in the plastics industry since 1985, when he started at Brampton Engineering as an R&D engineer. Spalding is considered an expert in single-screw extrusion and related polymer processing technologies. He was named an Honored Service Member SPE in 2011 and a Fellow Member in 2003. He also received the Bruce Maddock Award from the Extrusion Division in 2006 and six times received the Best Paper Award at ANTEC. Paradise, Perdikoulias, and Spalding will be inducted at the PPA's spring meeting, scheduled for April 11-13 at the Omni Hotel on Hilton Head Island, SC. Founded in 1944, the PPA is a non-profit organization with a roster of more than 250 members, all of whom have at least 25 years of experience in plastics.

Steven Dunn has joined Teknor Apex UK Ltd. (Oldbury, West Midlands, U.K.) as European sales and marketing director for engineering thermoplastic (ETP) compounds. Dunn entered the plastics industry 17 years ago when he joined AlphaGary Corp. After holding technical responsibilities in product development and R&D, he moved into sales and marketing roles. Most recently he was AlphaGary's European sales manager.

Jim Holbrook has been named the new president of the ACS Group (Schaumburg, IL), coming to the company after more than 20 years with the Emerson Electric Company. Holbrook is a mechanical engineer with an MBA, spending the last 11 years in division president roles for the controls and motor businesses of Emerson.

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