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IQMS adds European staff; SPE names its president and officers for the coming year; Dickten Masch promotes two new VPs; LyondellBasell expands its board, and Konarka gets a new CTO.

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Names in the news: IQMS, SPE, Dickten Masch, LyondellBasell, and Konarka

IQMS adds European staff; SPE names its president and officers for the coming year; Dickten Masch promotes two new VPs; LyondellBasell expands its board, and Konarka gets a new CTO.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software developer IQMS has added three staff in Europe as part of a concentrated effort to strengthen its presence on the continent and worldwide over the last 12 months. The company added Edward Waddington, Yves Dormont, and Marco Pinzon, with Waddington based in southwestern Britain and Dormont and Pinzon working from IQMS' office in Stockholm, Sweden.

Waddington has worked with manufacturing and business systems for more than 20 years, with a strong background in manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and automotive. Dormont joins IQMS as a software support specialist. Fluent in four languages, he holds a master's degree in electronics engineering and brings EDI knowledge to IQMS from his time as an EDI integration consultant for EDICOM.

Pinzon has more than 15 years experience as a project manager, consultant, and implementer of ERP software. He joins IQMS a software application specialist, with real-world ERP systems knowledge and master's degree in business administration.


Russell C. Broome, SPE president

PolyOne's Russell Broome, 2011 SPE President.

James S. Griffing, SPE president elect

James S. Griffing, SPE president elect

Boeing's James Griffing, SPE 2012 president elect.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced its new officers at its ANTEC 2011 event in Boston, installing Russell C. Broome, a strategic accounts manager for PolyOne, as its new president. Broome succeeds Thermoforming Solutions Ltd.'s Ken J. Braney. In 2012, Broome will be succeeded by the new president-elect, James S. Griffing, who is a technical fellow for The Boeing Co.

As for the rest of its 2011-2012 Executive Committee, SPE announced the following, in addition to its executive director, Susan Oderwald:

  • Senior vice president: Jon Ratzlaff, Chevron Phillips Chemical

  • Vice president/secretary: Brent F. Strong, SP Mold

  • Vice president/treasurer: Vijay Boolani, Boolani Engrg.

  • Vice president/operations:Scott E. Owens, Chemtrusion

  • Vice president/event management: William D. Arendt, Emerald Kalama Chemical

  • Vice president/marketing: Olivier Crave, O.C. Team

  • Vice president/membership: Raed S. Al-Zubi, RadiuSenaat

  • Ad hoc member/council relations:Lance M. Neward, Turner Group

Broome has been an SPE member since 1992, formerly holding the positions of senior vice president in 2009-2010, and secretary from 2007-2008. He has been involved with the SPE Piedmont Coastal Section since 1994, serving as its president in 1997-98. Noting the myriad changes to the world and the industry since SPE's founding in 1942, Broome said that in the coming year he would seek to embrace the changes going on in the industry, technology, and social interactions. "Specifically, I will focus on fostering and mentoring the incoming generation of SPE members," Broome said. "They are our future." 
Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP) has announced the promotion of two company veterans to vice president roles. DMP President Steve Dyer named Carl Lider as the VP of Operations and Doreen Lettau as the VP of Market and Business Development. The company said the new organizational structure will help focus its resources to better meet the needs of customers. Lider is a Six Sigma black  belt, lean facilitator, and value-stream leader/trainer with more than 20 years of manufacturing experience. Lider also has 28 years of  military experience, holding the rank of major in the U.S. Army and twice being awarded the Bronze Star. Lettau has more than 20 years  of plastics industry technical sales and marketing experience, and her  thorough knowledge of supply chain trends is a valuable resource to customers.

Konarka Technologies, developer of Konarka Power Plastic, has named James R. Buntaine as its executive vice president and chief technology officer, putting him in charge of the company's technology creation and product development team. He joins Konarka after more than 30 years at Eastman Kodak Company, giving him experience with applied research, advanced technology development, IP strategy, and product commercialization in the fields of printing, coating, materials, devices, and systems.

LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, Netherlands) elected new member to its Supervisory Board at the company's annual general meeting. The newest members include:

  • Jacques Aigrain - Chairman of LCH Clearnet Group, an independent clearinghouse group.

  • Jagjeet S. Bindra - an energy industry professional with more than 35 years of experience, including time as President of Chevron Global Manufacturing with responsibility for 19 refineries worldwide;

  • Robin W. T. Buchanan - Senior Advisor at Bain & Company Inc., a global management consulting firm;

  • Robert G. Gwin - Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Anadarko Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration and production company.  

Additionally, LyondellBasell announced that Milton Carroll and Rudy van der Meer were reelected to its board at the meeting. Other members include Stephen F. Cooper, Joshua J. Harris, Scott M. Kleinman, Jeffrey S. Serota, Bruce A. Smith, and Marvin O. Schlanger.

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