A new decade brings new change

Emma Bloomfield Lucinda Eyre And Hazel Cragg

Eleven Team speciality-chemicals, Eleven News

A new decade brings new change

The first three months of 2020 has seen many changes, from high profile company moves in the sector to companies shutting their office doors in order to protect their employees from COVID-19.

Whilst the business landscape has shifted and slowed slightly in the past fortnight, there have been some great appointments within the Lubricants and Chemicals industry over the past three months.

Emma Bloomfield, recruitment consultant in lubricants and speciality chemicals at Eleven Recruitment, said: "The past quarter has seen an array of specialist positions with a technical focus showing the niche requirements and the range of positions that are available in the sector. There has also been the continued focus of attention on succession planning within organisations identifying the future talent that will help take a business forward!"

This year started with Afton Chemical, a company which has been working in the fuel and lubricant additives marketplace for over 90 years, appointing a new toxicologist, Rowena Gee, who previously worked at WRc PLC. 

January also saw Daniele Frustagli appointed as general manager for Nynas' Naphthenic oil team located in Milan, Italy. Frustagli has extensive experience in the lubricants market as well as wide-ranging technical expertise. EMEIA regional manager Pascal Verhoie, said: "Daniele brings a great deal of specialist knowledge, embodying the solution-orientated approach Nynas offers its customers". 

Ingevity Corporation also experienced change in February, as CEO D. Michael Wilson agreed that he would resign as president, CEO and director effective from 20 February. The provider of speciality chemicals, high-performance carbon materials and engineered polymers have said that Wilson's resignation is unrelated to the company's financial reporting and business performance. The board have appointed Ingevity chairman Richard 'Rick' Kelson as interim president and CEO.

The rest of 2020 seems to be due for more changes within the sector, as Calumet Speciality Products Partners L.P, announced on 5 March that Tim Go plans to resign as CEO effective from 1 June. Steve Mawer, a current board member, has been appointed to take over as chief executive officer upon successful completion of a transition process. 

In addition to moves within the sector, Eleven Recruitment has also appointed Emma Lees as a relationship development manager in the speciality chemicals and lubricants sector. Emma previously worked at Eleven Recruitment as a consultant on the fuels desk.

Nick Smith, managing director, said: "It's great to have Emma back on the team and is the final piece to the puzzle of a vibrant and dynamic lubricants and chemicals desk. We look forward to welcoming her back into the Eleven fold."