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OMNOVA Solutions Promotes John Wei to Vice President, Performance Chemicals Asia

Published on 2005-04-22. Author : SpecialChem

Fairlawn, OH -- OMNOVA Solutions (NYSE: OMN) announced the promotion of John Wei to the newly created position of Vice President of Performance Chemicals Asia. Wei's primary responsibilities will be to establish a presence in the region through OMNOVA's new sales and marketing office in Shanghai, China and to develop strategies to grow Performance Chemicals' Asia business through potential alliances, joint ventures and acquisitions. He will remain at the Company's headquarters in Fairlawn, Ohio, but will split his time between the two facilities. In addition to his new role, Wei will retain his current duties as Director, Strategic Business Development for Performance Chemicals.

Wei joined GenCorp, OMNOVA's former parent company, in 1995 as Director of Corporate Business Development for the Company. During that period, he participated in the Company's acquisitions of facilities in Calhoun, Georgia, Chester, South Carolina and Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Prior to joining GenCorp, Wei held key strategy and planning positions with American Bridge Company and its affiliates, along with Deloitte and Touche's management consulting practice. Additionally, he has held several marketing and product planning positions with USX Corporation.

After earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Wei received a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his Master's of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a technology-based company with 2004 sales of $746 million and a current workforce of 1,900 employees worldwide. OMNOVA is an innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential end uses.

Source: OMNOVA Solutions Inc.

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