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Rodney Biddle to Retire from Reichhold

Published on 2008-12-09. Author : SpecialChem

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C -- Senior Vice-President, Global Coatings, W. Rodney Biddle, has announced his "second" retirement effective December 31, 2008. Chairman, President and CEO, John Gaither, announced Rodney's decision at an internal employee briefing.

Rodney is a forty-one year veteran of Reichhold. He joined the company after graduating from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware in 1964. He worked his way up in the company over the next 35 years at a variety of jobs ranging from yard utility man to sales and management roles. He received his MBA from Wilmington College in Delaware and was eventually named Vice President and General Manager of the company's emulsion polymer business in 1999. He first retired in 2002.

When John Gaither returned to manage Reichhold for DIC in 2004, he first tapped Rodney's expertise to serve as a senior advisor for the company's coating business. Soon after, he was named vice-president of Reichhold's North American Coatings business.

A year later, as a member of Reichhold's Executive Team and senior vice president for global coatings, Rodney was part of the management team which put together the management buyout (MBO) of Reichhold from DIC, making him an owner of the company.

"As I said during my remarks at Rodney's 40th service anniversary celebration back in January 2007, I appreciate that Rodney was willing to come back to Reichhold when I returned a few years ago and help me get the Coatings business back on its feet after years of neglect. Rodney knew exactly what to do, and he leaves this business segment fortified and ready to achieve even more of its potential in the coming years. I wish Rodney and his family all the best as he begins his well-deserved second retirement, and I know the Reichhold family joins me in thanking Rodney for all his years of contribution to making our company what it is today and will become," concluded John Gaither.

About Reichhold:

Founded in 1927, Reichhold, Inc Celebrated 80 years in business in 2007. With its world headquarters and technology center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, Reichhold is the world's largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading supplier of coating resins for the industrial, transportation, building and construction, marine, consumer and graphic arts markets. Reichhold has manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.

Source: Reichhold

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