PITTSBURGH - Covestro LLC announced that Aleta Richards will succeed Christine Bryant as head of commercial operations for its North American Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) business, effective Feb. 1, 2018. The appointment of Richards follows the announcement of Bryant being named the new head of Polyurethanes in North America, effective the same date.

In her new role, Richards will join the Covestro North American Leadership Team.

Having started her career at Covestro (then part of Bayer) in 1990, Richards is well acquainted with the organization and brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, human resources and general management. She has held various leadership positions throughout the company, including time spent in the North American CAS group, where she led global key account sales and strategic marketing for four years. Richards also served as head of the Bayer U.S. HR organization, which provided HR administrative services for roughly 14,000 Bayer employees.  

Currently, Richards serves as head of regional product management for the North American Polycarbonates business.