MUMBAI, India – Carbon black supplier Birla Carbon announced the appointment of John Davidson as President, Europe & Africa. Davidson will have full P&L responsibility for Europe and Africa and will join the company’s senior management team reporting to John Loudermilk, Chief Operating Officer, Birla Carbon.

“John has a proven track record of outstanding results, market-focused leadership in a variety of geographies, and brings a wealth of experience strengthening customer relationships,” said Loudermilk. “We look forward to him joining our executive team to help drive our global strategy.”

Davidson has over 28 years of industry experience and joins Birla Carbon from LANXESS, where he led its Bromine and Derivatives business following its acquisition of U.S.-based Chemtura.

Prior to Chemtura, Davidson held a variety of leadership roles with The Dow Chemical Co., including Global Commercial Director, Industrial Goods Industrial Solutions Enterprise; Global Business Director, Amines and Chelants; Global Marketing Director, Polyglycols, Surfactants, Fluids and Oxygenated Solvents; and Global Asset Director, Specialty Alkoxylation assets, Polyglycols, Surfactants and Fluids.