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Reifenhäuser Dr. Boerge Wessling and Stepan Gerharz

Reifenhäuser: new management for Reicofil

Effective April 1, 2021 Dr. Bernd Kunze has handed over the management of machinery and components manufacturer Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany, to his 2 successors Dr. Boerge Wessling and Stephan Gerharz after more than 20 years in this position. Kunze moves to the Reifenhäuser Group holding, Troisdorf, where he will focus on his tasks within the group management and his role as CTO.
Wessling joined Reifenhäuser Reicofil in October 2020. He studied material sciences and gained his PhD in the field of electrical engineering. Formerly, he held a position as Managing Director in the high-technology equipment sector, focusing on Product Management and Sales. As Managing Director of Reicofil, he will be responsible for the areas of Sales, Service, Research & Development, Strategy, and Controlling.
Gerharz studied mechanical engineering and has worked at Reicofil for 20 years – until recently as Head of Order Management and member of the extended Management Board. As Managing Director, he will be responsible for Technology including special projects, Order Management, and Human Resources.


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Kuraray: new managing director for Kuraray Europe

Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hattersheim/Germany, has appointed Jun Inoue (photo) as the successor to Naoya Uehara who is moving to a new management role at Kuraray in Tokyo/Japan.
Inoue joins the management as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. He will also be in charge of the Advanced Materials division. In addition to the specialty chemicals business, he will therefore be responsible for the Elastomer, Dental, Industry and Microfibers business units. He intends to drive forward the focus on high-performance materials in Germany and Europe.
Priorities are materials with a strong sustainability profile and the establishment of innovative 5G technologies for production and service.

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The Lycra Company: Denise Sakuma new VP of Brands and Marketing

The provider of fiber and technology solutions The Lycra Company, Wilmington, DE/USA, announces the promotion of Denise Sakuma to vice president of brands, marketing communications, and merchandising.
With years of experience in building brands, Sakuma leads the global brand marketing communication capabilities in retail merchandising, new product commercialization, sustainability, public relations, e-commerce, creative, and social media. She is also spearheading The Lycra Company’s digital transformation.
Before her new role, Sakuma served as director of global ready-to-wear, denim, and woven segments. She also previously held the role of Regional Business Director for South America for 5 years in São Paulo/Brazil. Prior to that, she was the company’s Global Brand and Communications Director.

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