Robert DeRyke has joined Vesta Inc. (Franklin, WI) as its new vice president for quality and regulatory affairs. DeRyke has more than 20 years of experience in quality and regulatory affairs in the medical device, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Prior to joining Vesta, he held executive positions with Baxter Healthcare, Hospira and Thermo Fisher Scientific, and most recently served as the VP of corporate quality systems for Baxter Healthcare.
Plastics and chemicals supplier BASF named Kurt Bock its new chairman of the board of executive directors. He succeeds Juergen Hambrecht, who has been chairman since 2003 and is now retiring.
At flexible plastics packaging processor Bemis (Neenah, WI), its board of directors has promoted Jerry Krempa to VP and controller, reporting to Scott Ullem, Bemis' CFO. Krempa succeeds Stanley Jaffy, who will assume the role of VP of finance.
Conductive plastics developer Integral Technologies Inc. (Bellingham, WA) announced the appointment of Herbert Reedman Jr. to its board of directors. Reedman brings extensive automotive experience to Integral, helpful as the company seeks to find business in the automotive sector for its ElectriPlast hybrid conductive plastic.
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM; Atlanta, GA) is renaming its Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) business unit Fire Retardant Additives. The new name more accurately reflects the non-halogen fire retardant and smoke suppressant technologies, brands and products now offered, says the company. ATH remains a key focus but the company has a large portfolio of other fire retardant offerings
Plastics compounder A. Schulman Inc. (Akron, OH) announced that Oliver Neuss would succeed Thomas Korlin as business unit director for engineered plastics for the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region. Neuss has been with the company for 11 years and was most recently the European engineered plastics R&D director.
Korlin, who has been with A. Schulman for 19 years, will become director for business development and product marketing in the EMEA region.