Dr. Heidi Fagerholm, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Management Board will leave Kemira to take up the position of Head of Advanced Technologies of PM-Performance Materials division of Merck KGaA, Heidi will be based in Darmstadt, Germany.
Fagerholm will continue in her current position and as a member of Kemira’s Management Board latest until the end of October, 2017. Kemira has started the process of finding a successor to lead its global R&D and Technology function, including more than 250 scientists and professionals in three global R&D centres in Espoo, Finland, Atlanta, USA and Shanghai, China.
“I want to thank Heidi for continuously bringing new innovations and new sustainable technologies to our valued customers. Kemira has more than quadrupled its innovation sales during Heidi’s tenure. I wish her best of success with her new challenges”, said Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.
3M and Dow have announced they are cutting thousands of roles from their global workforces in response to economic pressures. Dow has said it will cut 2,000 jobs across its global workforce (around 5%) in a bid to save US$1bn in 2023. The company says it will also cut costs by shutting down “select assets”, though it did not note where it would halt operations.
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