A strong year for recruitment in the speciality chemicals sector

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A strong year for recruitment in the Speciality Chemicals sector

It is wonderful to see that recruitment has remained strong and consistent this year. Andrew England, desk lead for Speciality Chemicals at Eleven Recruitment commented on this resilience:
“This sector, like so many others, is one that relies on face to face interactions and reliable logistics. The challenges caused by COVID-19 could have easily been detrimental, but the recruitment activity and people moves that we have seen reflect the sector’s resilience. It’s been a positive year for promotions, acquisitions and company growth.”

Let’s take a closer look at some of the acquisitions and role changes here:

  • Glen McCaugherty started as Product Manager at OQEMA Group in October, leaving Libra Chemicals where he was a Regional Sales Manager.

  • Sea-Land Chemical Company have appointed Doug Honig as their new Director of Marketing.

  • Nicole Jackson also moves to Sea-Land Chemical Company as their Regional Sales Manager from ANGUS Chemical Company.

  • Following the announcement that Brenntag will split into two new global divisions from January 2021, the COOs will be Steven Terwindt (Brenntag Essentials) and Henri Nejade (Brenntag Specialities).

  • Peter Williams has joined Innospec as a Regional Sales Manager after leaving Oxiris Chemicals.

  • Michael Start has joined Castle Chemicals as their Sales & Marketing Director from OQEMA.

  • Sam Jackson has joined INOVYN (INEOS) as their Product Manager from Essar Oils.

  • Silke Hoppe at Sasol is now VP of Essential Care Chemicals in the USA following a company restructure.

  • Michael Badine has joined Weylchem in a newly created role of Technical Marketing Manager in the Advanced Intermediates and Reagents team, moving from BASF where he was BDM for human health and nutrition.

  • Dr. Martin Walter will take over from Theo Bartholomaios as MD - Europe for Master Fluid Solutions as Theo retires in early 2021.

  • Nicholas Aulty has moved from World Fuel Services to Tennants Distribution to become their newest AdBlue Key Account Manager.

  • Peter Hargreaves has moved from Baxenden (Chemtura) to be a Development Chemist at Star Uretech.

There have also been several promotions, company moves and association appointments in the lubricants sector:

  • Dr. Erik Denneman has been promoted from Technical Manager for MEAP to Global Technical Manager for Puma Bitumen.

  • Ryal Piller has moved from Certas Lubricants to Broughton Lubricants to become their new Area Sales Engineer.

  • Dr. Michael Gerle has recently been promoted from CTO to MD of BECHEM in Germany.

  • Darren Frogson, CEO and non-Exec Director of Exol Lubricants, has been appointed as the new President of the UKLA.

  • Michael Hoey is the new Technical Director at SBZ Corporation based in the USA, previously having consulted for a year and worked at BASF for over a decade in lubricant research.

  • Richard Parry has been promoted to Commercial Director of Varol Lubricants, a division of Midland Oil.

  • Nick Clague has joined Vickers Oils as Technical Director, he was previously at SK Lubricants as Global Technical Manager. Previous experience includes working at Lubrizol and Afton.

  • Richard Clarke has moved from Tetrosyl to Moove Pro-Brands to join them as a Territory Sales Manager.

Andrew concluded:
“With the new year around the corner, we look forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for the Speciality Chemicals sector and look forward to filling new roles in the new year.”