A Schulman appoints Rzepka as Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer

A Schulman appoints Rzepka as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

7:39 AM, 6th April 2013
A Schulman appoints Rzepka as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Bernard Rzepka, newly appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, A Schulman.

AKRON, US: A Schulman has promoted Bernard Rzepka to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In this new position, Rzepka will implement corporate strategy and growth plans within the global operations organization and further excellence in the company’s procurement and marketing organizations. Accordingly, the Global Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and the three regional Vice Presidents and General Managers will now report to Rzepka. Rzepka will report directly to Joseph M Gingo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, A Schulman.

Rzepka most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) for A Schulman. The company also announced that Heinrich Lingnau will replace Rzepka as Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. Lingnau will also keep his current responsibilities as Masterbatch Solutions Business Unit Leader for the short term.

“Bernard’s experience leading EMEA, which is our largest division, makes him well-qualified to head our global operations. He has an outstanding track record of accountability, transparency and leadership, has consistently exemplified our ‘Open, Honest, Listen and Accountable’ corporate culture, and has done an excellent job achieving maximum performance in EMEA, notwithstanding very difficult economic conditions,” said Gingo.

“His strategic insight and operational expertise will serve him well as he takes on additional responsibilities in executing A Schulman’s strategies, which include increasing shareholder value by strengthening and expanding our business in key global markets. With Bernard aptly at the helm of our operations, I can continue to seek out opportunities to further grow A Schulman’s core business while exploring avenues to become a premier specialty chemical organization,” added Gingo.

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