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Robin McCann Appointed General Manager of RohmNova

Published on 2006-04-18. Author : SpecialChem

MOGADORE, OHIO, USA -- The Board of Directors of RohmNova, a paper coatings marketing, sales and service joint venture of Rohm and Haas Company (NYSE: ROH) and OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN), announced the appointment of Robin McCann to the position of General Manager for the JV. McCann will replace Gus Cottros, who will provide transitional support beginning May 1, 2006, before returning to Rohm and Haas.

McCann has been Director of Marketing for RohmNova since its inception four years ago. In addition, she has served as Global Account Executive for one of RohmNova's major paper customers. Prior to joining the joint venture team, she spent five years in marketing management positions with OMNOVA Solutions. Previously, McCann held positions with BASF and Buckman Laboratories.

In making the announcement, the RohmNova Board praised McCann's strong strategic leadership demonstrated over 17 years of experience in paper coatings and chemicals. "Robin's deep understanding of issues facing the paper industry and strong relationships with market leaders will help take RohmNova to the next level. We look forward to continuing to build on the success RohmNova has achieved in just a few short years by providing the broadest global portfolio of value-added paper coating products with exceptional technical service," the Board said.

The Board also expressed its appreciation to Gus Cottros for his leadership of the RohmNova joint venture as well as the strategic alliance between Rohm and Haas and OMNOVA that preceded it. Cottros helped launch RohmNova in 2000 and has successfully reduced costs and led RohmNova to profitable growth under very challenging market conditions.

Further, the Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Vito Consiglio will succeed McCann as Director of Marketing, RohmNova. Vito served most recently as Global New Business Development Manager, Architectural and Functional Coatings for Rohm and Haas Company. He has extensive international marketing and sales experience, having served as North American Director of Sales and Marketing and the Latin American Business Manager for the automotive coatings joint venture between Rohm and Haas and Nippon Paint. In addition to other key business positions, Consiglio was North American Sales and Marketing Manager for Morton Nippon Coatings. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and a BS degree in chemistry and physiology from Michigan State University. He will transition to his new role beginning May 1, 2006.

RohmNova is a joint venture of Rohm and Haas Company (NYSE: ROH) and OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN), providing coating systems for the paper and paperboard market. RohmNova unites coating expertise and pilot facilities with the widest offering of latex binders, coating additives, and synthetic pigments, to deliver performance-optimized products and services for coated paper and paperboard. OMNOVA Solutions, a major innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces, is headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio, USA, with 2005 sales of $810 million and a current workforce of 1,800 employees worldwide.

About Rohm and Haas Company

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company's technologies are found in a wide range of markets including: Building and Construction, Electronics, Food and Retail, Household and Personal Care, Industrial Process, Packaging, Paper, Transportation and Water. Our innovative technologies and solutions help to improve life everyday, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8 billion in 2005. imagine the possibilities™

Source: Rohm and Haas

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