SANDERSVILLE, GA - Thiele Kaolin Co.’s Board of Directors announced that Paul Kirschling will retire as the company’s President effective February 1, 2015. Eric Tillirson, Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Development for the company, has been named Kirschling’s successor.

In a memo to employees, Kirschling expressed his gratitude for his co-workers’ friendship, support, expertise and sacrifices that helped him and the company over his 39-year career with Thiele.

Tillirson joined Thiele in 1999 as Marketing Manager and was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Technical Service. Since 2013, he has served as Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Development.

Thiele Kaolin Co., Sandersville, GA, is one of the world's leading sources for processed kaolin clay.