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Greg Poling to Lead Grace Davison Businesses Elected Grace Vice President

Published on 2005-03-04. Author : SpecialChem

COLUMBIA, Md. -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA - News) announced that Gregory E. Poling has been named president of Davison Chemicals. He also was elected a corporate vice president by the Board of Directors of Grace.

Gregory E. Poling

"Poling has been with Davison since 1999 and has most recently been president of the Davison Chemicals specialty materials business. As a result of this appointment, he will add the Davison Chemicals refining technologies business to his responsibilities. Joseph A. Rightmyer, who led the refining technologies business for the last decade, will be retiring.
"We are excited about the opportunity presented by bringing the Davison businesses together under Greg's leadership," said Fred Festa, President and Chief Operating Officer. "Combining these two successful businesses will give us greater opportunities to leverage our technology resources and provide more and better products and services to our customers."

"I have tremendous confidence in Greg's entrepreneurial skills. He has a strong customer focus and excellent knowledge of our technology platforms. We look forward to continued strong performance of all our Davison businesses."

Davison Chemicals products include:

  • fluid cracking catalysts and additives used by petroleum refineries;
  • hydroprocessing catalysts that upgrade heavy oils and remove certain impurities;
  • silica-based engineered materials used in a variety of industrial, consumer, biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications;
  • specialty catalysts, including polyolefin catalysts and catalyst supports that are essential components in the manufacture of polyethylene and polypropylene resins; and
  • silica-based materials and chromatography columns and equipment for bioseparations, pharmaceutical and other life sciences applications.

Davison Chemicals accounted for 53% of Grace's 2004 sales, approximately $1.2 billion.

Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products and services to petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics; silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide-range of industrial applications; specialty chemicals, additives and materials for commercial and residential construction; and, sealants and coatings for food packaging. With annual sales of more than $2.2 billion, Grace has over 6500 employees and operations in nearly 40 countries.

Source: W. R. Grace & Co.

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