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Rohm and Haas Names Three VPs

Published on 2004-05-10. Author : SpecialChem

Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 2004 - Rohm and Haas Company (NYSE:ROH) said today that three executives have been named Vice Presidents of the company, effective immediately.

CARLOS A. FESTA

Carlos Festa, 44, serves as Vice President and Director for the Latin American Region, General Manager for the Architectural and Functional Coatings business in Latin America, and as Country Manager for Argentina.

Mr. Festa began his career as a financial controller in Rohm and Haas Argentina in 1986, after working as a senior consultant for KPMG.

From 1989 to 1991, he worked at the regional office in Miami, Florida as a regional financial analyst, then returned to Argentina in 1992 as Financial Director. In 1993, Mr. Festa became commercial manager for the Polymers and Resins business and country manager for Argentina. Four years later, his duties expanded to include responsibility for the Architectural and Functional Coatings business in all of the Mercosur Countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile). In August of 2000, Mr. Festa's duties expanded again to include regional responsibilities for the Architectural and Functional Coatings business. He was named Director for all of Rohm and Haas's operations in Latin America earlier this year.

Mr. Festa holds both C.P.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Buenos Aires University. He and his family reside in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

GEOFFREY B. HURWITZ

Geoff Hurwitz, 57, is Vice President and Director of Government Relations for Rohm and Haas worldwide.

Mr. Hurwitz joined the company in 1981 as manager of U.S. state government relations, after service in the Peace Corps in Thailand, and work for a Washington, D.C. based trade association and the U.S. Senate. In 1990, he became director of U.S. federal and state government relations, and then director of Government Relations just two years later.

Since then, Mr. Hurwitz has overseen the development of strategic government relations and lobbying efforts in other areas of the world - first in Europe and, most recently, in China. Today he directs corporate lobbying and government relations activities including issues management, relationships with elected officials and serves as the primary company representative for interactions with key industry associations, including the American Chemistry Council.

Mr. Hurwitz holds a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Penn State University, and a M.A. degree in International Affairs from American University. He and his family are residents of Falls Church, Virginia.

THOMAS D. MACPHEE

Tom Macphee, 49, is Vice President and Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning.

Mr. Macphee joined Rohm and Haas in 1978 as a chemist at the company's Philadelphia plant. In 1981, he became the economic planning manager for the Polymers, Resins and Monomers business.

Three years later, Mr. Macphee was named manager of the New Ventures Department. From 1986 to 1995, he worked at Plaskon, one of the company's electronic materials subsidiaries, first as director of marketing and, later, as vice president of the firm. In 1995, Macphee returned to Philadelphia as manager of Strategic Planning, and was promoted to director of that function in 1999.

Since then, as Rohm and Haas transformed and strengthened its global business portfolio, Macphee has been involved in more than 40 acquisition and divestiture transactions for the company. Along the way, Mr. Macphee has also assumed responsibilities for two emerging businesses - AgroFresh, which uses breakthrough technology to help maintain the freshness of fruits and vegetables, and Advanced Materials, which specialized in chemical vapor deposition of zinc- based optical materials and engineered ceramics.

Mr. Macphee holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware, and a M.B.A. in Finance from Temple University. He and his family reside in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Source: Rohm and Haas


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