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Visit Orlando President and CEO Gary Sain passed away unexpectedly on the evening of May 4th at an event in Orlando. Sain and his organization had worked closely with SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its president, Bill Carteaux, when SPI decided to move its triennial NPE event to Orlando after four decades in Chicago.

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Names in the News: Visit Orlando; PolyOne; Fraunhofer Institute; and SABIC

Visit Orlando President and CEO Gary Sain passed away unexpectedly on the evening of May 4th at an event in Orlando. Sain and his organization had worked closely with SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its president, Bill Carteaux, when SPI decided to move its triennial NPE event to Orlando after four decades in Chicago. In an interview prior to NPE, Carteaux described how closely SPI and he had worked with Visit Orlando and Sain, with the two leaders developing a strong friendship.

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Gary Sain

Gary Sain, CEO of Visit Orlando.

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Reimund Neugebauer

Reimund Neugebauer, new Fraunhofer president.

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Mohamed Al-Mady

Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC CEO receiving honorary degree.

In a release, Carteaux said, "From a personal perspective, I will miss our friendship dearly. On behalf of SPI Sr. Vice President of Trade Shows and Conferences Gene Sanders and the rest of the SPI staff, I want to express my deepest condolences to Gary's family, loved ones and the staff at Visit Orlando."

PolyOne has hired Christopher J. Murphy as its vice president, research and development and chief innovation officer, replacing Cecil Chappelow, who is retiring after a 38-year career in the specialty chemicals industry.

Murphy comes to PolyOne with 27 years of industry experience, including time with Lubrizol, Elementis Specialties, and Nalco Chemical Company. Murphy earned a PhD in organic chemistry from Tufts University and a bachelor's of science in chemistry from Boston College.

The Fraunhofer Institute has named Reimund Neugebauer as its new president, with Neugebauer to succeed Hans-Jörg Bullinger in October. Bullinger has led Fraunhofer for the past 10 years.

Neugebauer, a 58-year-old engineer and university professor, majored in production technology at the Dresden University of Technology. In 1992, Neugebauer became head of the newly-established Fraunhofer Research Institution for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, which just two years later became a full-fledged Institute. Then in 1993, Neugebauer became a full professor of machine tools and forming technology at the Chemnitz University of Technology. There, he founded the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Processes IWP, and has been its director since 2000. In addition, he served as dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from 2003 to 2006.

Mohamed Al-Mady, Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) Vice Chairman and CEO, was given an honorary doctorate from University of Colorado, from which he earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1973. The university honored Al-Mady in 2010 with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

Al-Mady addressed the university's students at an Engineering Recognition Ceremony on May 10, recalling when he was a young engineering undergraduate student almost 40 years ago. "The lessons I learned here formed my future, not only in my career at SABIC but also my interest in continuing education," Al-Mady said.

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