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April 2, 2013

John Rolando is named president of Evonik

Dorothy Lozowski

John Rolando has been named president of Evonik Corporation, effective April 1. Rolando replaces Tom Bates, who is retiring after more than 15 years — the last five as president — at the North American subsidiary of Evonik Industries  (Essen, Germany;

“We are pleased to have an executive of John’s caliber lead Evonik Corporation into the future,” said Klaus Engel, CEO of  Evonik Industries. “John initiates change rather than reacts to it, and endeavors to motivate people to achieve their best and inspire them.”  Engel applauded the dedicated work of Tom Bates over the past few decades.  “Tom helped steer Evonik Corporation through some turbulent times, particularly the 2008 global financial crisis,” said Engel.  “We thank him for his many years of hard work and devoted service.”

Rolando has spent over 25 years at the company, and is currently president of the Performance Polymers North America Business Unit. He served as president of Evonik Corp. for two years beginning in 2006 while remaining president of Cyro Industries. The office of president since has been transformed into a full-time position.

“Evonik Corporation is embarking on an exciting chapter in its history and I’m privileged to be a part of it,” said Rolando.  “In the past year, Evonik Corporation created the Evonik Oil & Gas Group to boost the resource-efficiency of products for the oil and gas industries and facilitate our growth within these expanding markets. Evonik Industries also began an engineering study for a new multimillion dollar methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant at our Mobile, Ala., site and will make a decision this summer.”

Rolando joined the company in 1987 and has held various marketing and management positions at Evonik Corporation and its predecessors. Prior to assuming his current role, Rolando was Vice President of Marketing for Feed Additives in Germany. He previously worked in Evonik’s Aerosil & Silanes Business Unit and also worked on Strategic Projects for the Specialty Polymers Division in North America. Rolando holds an MBA rom Iona College of New York, and a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management from Clarkson University, New York.

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