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Names in the news: News CEOs at Leistritz, MBA Polymers; executive moves at BASF, ACMA

Sven Wolf was appointed as CEO of Leistritz Extrusionstechnik's executive board as of Nov. 15th. Wolf, together with Anton Fürst, now forms the new executive board of the Nuremberg-based extruder technology supplier. Wolf replaces Hubertus Schulte, who will leave the company at the end of  the year. Schulte was named CEO on Jan. 1, 2009, succeeding Günther Rduch, who was to remain at the company as a consultant through November 2009.

Sven Wolf was appointed as CEO of Leistritz Extrusionstechnik's executive board as of Nov. 15th. Wolf, together with Anton Fürst, now forms the new executive board of the Nuremberg-based extruder technology supplier. Wolf replaces Hubertus Schulte, who will leave the company at the end of  the year. Schulte was named CEO on Jan. 1, 2009, succeeding Günther Rduch, who was to remain at the company as a consultant through November 2009. Wolf most recently worked at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in Vienna and as the owner and managing partner of wood plastic composite extrusion firm, Extruwood.

Nigel Hunton will become the CEO of resin recycler MBA Polymers effective Jan. 2, 2012, succeeding Richard McCombs, who will stay on as a member of the board of directors. Nigel joins from Edwards Limited, a vacuum technology company, where he was most recently chairman. Chris Bradley, who worked with Hunton in a senior management position at Edwards, is also joining MBA as its CFO. McCombs, who has CEO for the past four years, will continue to work with and advise the management team during the transitional period. During McCombs tenure, MBA opened three recycling plants and "significantly increased revenues," according to the company. Jamie Pike, MBA chairman, said his company expects revenues of $50 million in 2011, up 35% on 2010. Mike Biddle, MBA's founder, remains its president.

Steven Balogh, VP of Mar-Bal Inc., will be joining the American Composites Manufacturers Assn.'s (ACMA) volunteer Board of Directors. ACMA, the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry, represents 850 of approximately 3000 composites manufacturers and suppliers to the industry.

Raimar Jahn, currently head of BASF's Coatings division, will become president of BASF's Polyurethanes division, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium effective March 1, 2012. He succeeds Wayne T. Smith who has been appointed to the board of executive directors of BASF SE effective at the end of the annual meeting on April 27, 2012.

Martin Jung will become BASF's new automotive research spokesperson, effective January 1, 2012. In his new position as senior VP thermoplastics research, Jung will coordinate BASF's research activities with industry internally and externally. Jung is currently VP for marketing of amines in Europe.

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