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PolyOne Appoints New General Manager for Asia

Published on 2005-06-24. Author : SpecialChem

SHANGHAI -- PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) has recently appointed Dr. Willie Chien as general manager for Asia. In this role, he will report to Bernard Baert, vice president of PolyOne's international operations.

Dr. Chien will be responsible for developing the long-term strategy in Asia to enable PolyOne to become a market leader in this region. Ludovic Tonnerre, who was recently appointed business development director in Asia, will also support Dr. Chien in this regard. Dr. Chien's other responsibilities include the management of PolyOne's Asian business profitability and of the company's key account management program. Additionally, he will be responsible for ensuring commercial and technical ties to PolyOne's European and U.S. organizations.

Prior to joining PolyOne, Dr. Chien was managing director, business director and corporate purchasing director for Hunstman Chemicals in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Chien has considerable experience working as a senior executive in various Asia Pacific countries for several Western multinationals, including as chairman and general manager for a Goodyear Tire joint venture, and as business director for structural composites in the Asia Pacific region for Ciba.

Dr. Chien, who holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts with a specialization in polymer processing, has spent the past two decades devoting himself to numerous technical, operational, strategic-planning, business-development and regional-management positions in the Asia Pacific region.

He has also co-authored a book, titled Business Growth Strategies for Asia Pacific, which highlights the critical importance of defining a strategy for Asia with local market characteristics.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2004 annual revenues of $2.2 billion, is a leading global compounding and North American distribution company with continuing operations in thermoplastic compounds, specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, and thermoplastic resin distribution. Headquartered in northeast Ohio, PolyOne has employees at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and joint ventures in North America and South America.

Source: PolyOne

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