Titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Inc., Oklahoma City, has named Thomas W. Adams chairman and CEO, succeeding Robert M. Wohleber, Kerr-McGee senior vice president and chief financial officer, who resigned as chairman and a director of Tronox in connection with the distribution by Kerr-McGee Corp. of its shares of Tronox Class B common stock to Kerr-McGee shareholders.
Mutsuo Aoki has been made the new head of BASF's coatings business in Asia-Pacific. Aoki also holds the position of president of BASF Coatings Japan Ltd., Tokyo. Aoki's predecessor is Manfred Schmale, who is now the head of the company's Global Product Management OEM in Münster, Germany.
Buckeye Color & Chemical, Dover, Ohio, has strengthened its sales team with the addition of Chris Baker, who has joined the company as a technical sales representative.
Raabe, Menomonee Falls, Wis., announced that Dean Busler, Tim Dolan and Rocci Mascari are now part of its sales team, joining Mitch Maloney as new-business development representatives.
Pierre Dufresne, president and CEO of SICO Inc., Quebec City, Canada, has made the following appointments to the management team:
- Rodrigue Bauge, vice president - operations, Architectural sector;
- Dr. Marc-Andre Chabot, vice president - research, development and applied technologies; and
- Robert Brousseau, vice president/general manager, Industrial sector.
International Paint LLC, Houston, a division of Akzo Nobel, has hired Darrin Erickson to serve as Protective Coatings sales executive for the North Central United States.
Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., has hired can-industry veteran Michael W. Feldser to head up its newly acquired U.S. Can operations. He will be president of Ball's Aerosol & Specialty Packaging Division.
Linetec, Wausau, Wis., hired finishing-industry veteran John Hassert as its regional sales manager serving Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Hassert reports to Linetec's sales director, Jon Close.
Lexair, Inc., Cincinnati, has hired John Jennings as national sales director for valves. Jennings' primary duty will be to oversee outside sales to both distributors and direct customers.
Napier Environmental Technologies Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has appointed Robert C. Smart director of North American Sales.
Robert K. Wise has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for the Water & Wastewater Services & Products Group for TEFSA-USA, Scottsdale, Ariz.