Industry professionals making headlines

Tnemec Co. Inc. announced the appointment of Peter F. Cortelyou, a longtime executive and director of the company, as president and chief operating officer. Cortelyou was president of Tnemec, a Kansas City-based manufacturer of high-performance architectural and industrial-maintenance coatings, from 1986 through 1994, and has been a member of the company's board of directors since 1998. He originally joined the company in 1975 as controller and office manager, and later held the positions of vice president, Finance, and executive vice president. Separately, Tnemec announced the appointment of George Shannon as senior vice president, Business Development. Shannon, based in Pittsburgh, will assume oversight responsibilities for Tnemec's activities in the water-tank market and also will be responsible for other new business-development activities.

Chemidex Inc., a supplier of electronic information retrieval services for the global chemical industry, named Jim Dodd president and chief operating officer and Matt Perry vice president, Operations. Chemidex also announced a round of additional financing that will allow expansion into new segments of the chemical industry. The company currently focuses on the paint and coatings segment, and operates the Chemidex Cybrary, an accelerated technical-information exchange service for chemical suppliers and formulated-product manufacturers.

Rohm and Haas Co.'s board of directors elected David D. Glass corporate controller. Glass joined Rohm and Haas in 1985 and has held a number of business and financial positions, most recently as director of Finance and Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region, and Business manager for Coatings for Greater China.

Richard Hartshorn and Earl H. Wagener have joined the ChemQuest Group Inc., Cincinnati, as directors of the company's recently launched Technology Analysis and Planning consulting services. The consulting service is designed to provide a customized "technology assets" profile that identifies a company's most suitable technology focus based on market issues and other factors. Hartshorn's experience includes a 28-year career with 3M Co., most recently as Laboratory manager of the Adhesive Technologies Center. Wagener has held R&D positions at The Dow Chemical Co. and Stepan Co.

CheMarCo Inc., a distribution company based in Greenville, SC, has named Michael Honea Technical Sales representative for portions of North and South Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

BASF has named Gerry P. Podesta Group vice president, Performance Chemicals, with responsibility for regional business-unit operations in North America. He succeeds Michael Stumpp, who was named Group vice president, Performance Chemicals, for the Printing Industry Global Business Unit and managing director of BASF Drucksysteme GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany. Podesta formerly held technical-development, marketing and general-management positions with General Electric Co.

Sartorius Corp. North America, a supplier of laboratory and industrial weighing instruments, has named Jim Sonia Key Accounts manager, Weighing Division. Sonia previously held positions with Thermo Electron and Mettler Toledo. Sartorius Corp. is based in Edgewood, NY.

Noveon Inc. has named Cornelis "Kees" Verhaar senior vice president, Performance Coatings, with responsibility for product lines related to paint and coatings, graphic arts, engineered paper and non-wovens, and textile coatings. Verhaar was formerly vice president and general manager - Textiles, based at Noveon's European regional office in Brussels. He will relocate to the company's global headquarters in Cleveland. Before joining Noveon in January, he was president and chief operating officer of Johnson Polymer.