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Zeon Chemicals names new chief

Published on 2002-12-10. Author : SpecialChem
LOUISVILLE, KY, Dec. 10 -- Gary Grindrod has been named president and CEO of Zeon Chemicals L.P., a supplier of specialty elastomers, polymers, and specialty chemicals. Grindrod will report to York Otawa, executive managing director of Zeon Corp. in Tokyo.

Grindrod has 30 years of experience in the chemical industry -- the last five at Zeon and the previous 25 with Rohm and Haas Co. Prior to his current position, Grindrod served as vice president and general manager of Zeon�s new business development division and as director of sales for Zeon�s elastomers division.

Grindrod said a key focus is expanding Zeon�s position in specialty elastomers. �Our recent entry into oil- and heat-resistant TPVs, battery polymers, and C5-derrived intermediates are early examples of our efforts in specialty materials," he said.

Grindrod has a bachelor�s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed the Wharton Advanced Management Program at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.

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