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Eastman announces change of Management Positions in the EMEA region

Published on 2006-09-20. Author : SpecialChem

Eastman Chemical Company announced the appointments of General Managers for three of the European, Middle East & African regional Businesses as well as a related appointment for the REACH legislation. All appointments are effective October 1st.

  • Joost Berting has been named General Manager Performance Chemicals & Intermediates (PCI) EMEA. Berting is currently General Manager Coatings EMEA.
  • Erwin Dijkman has been named General Manager Adhesives EMEA. Dijkman is currently Business Director PCI EMEA.
  • Rene Smit has been appointed General Manager Coatings EMEA. Smit is currently General Manager Adhesives EMEA.
  • Jan Schüller has been appointed REACH Initiative Director. Schüller is currently Sales Director, Adhesives EMEA.

All 4 Managers will report geographically to Mr. Godefroy Motte, Vice President and Managing Director for Europe Middle East and Africa, and continue to be located at the EMEA Headquarters. Motte said: "This change is to provide an opportunity for these managers to extend their knowledge and skills to other businesses and at the same time create strong leadership development and a stable base of succession options for the company. Those appointments reinforce Eastman's strong and ongoing commitment to our customers."


Joost Berting
Joost Berting

Joost Berting, 43, joined Eastman Chemical Company in 1993 in the R&D Department and worked both at Eastman's headquarters in the USA and the EMEA regional head office in The Netherlands in many different positions. He holds a B.Sc. in Materials Science and a MBA. Prior to joining Eastman, Berting held various positions at Eastman Kodak Company in the UK, France and the USA; and prior to that with worked for a number of other international companies notably in Switzerland and Italy.

Erwin Dijkman
Erwin Dijkman

Erwin Dijkman, 37, joined Eastman in 2003 as Sales Manager Intermediates EMEA. He has held various commercial and business development positions at companies in both The Netherlands and Latin America. Dijkman has a Bachelor degree of Business Administration from Nijenrode University, the Netherlands School of Business and a MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, USA.

Rene Smit
Rene Smit

Rene Smit, 49, joined Eastman, through the acquisition in 2001 of the Resins business from Hercules Incorporated, a US Chemical Company. Within Hercules he spent 19 years in various sales and marketing positions and at last, as vice president for Europe. When Eastman acquired Hercules' resins business in 2001, Smit became General Manager of Eastman's European Adhesives organization. Smit has a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering.

Jan Schuller
Jan Schuller

Jan Schüller, 51, also joined through the acquisition of the Hercules resin business in 2001. Prior to joining Hercules as Director of Sales Resins in 1999, he worked for DSM for 18 years in different positions varying from intellectual property and corporate projects to sales and marketing. Schüller holds a MSc degree in chemistry.

About Eastman

Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. It provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products; is the world's largest producer of PET polymers for packaging; and is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2005 sales of $7 billion and approximately 12,000 employees

Source: Eastman

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