Brussels -Dr Wolfram Frank, formerly of Elastogran, is to succeed Mike Jeffs as secretary general of ISOPA - the European diisocyanates and polyol producers association - on 1 April 2008. Jeffs, who has been in the role since August 2002, will retire at the end of March.
According to ISOPA's 21 Feb announcement, Frank has, "a wealth of experience in polyurethanes." After studying for a PhD at the University of Aachen, he joined BASF and has worked in the polyurethanes area since 1982, both in research and in commercial roles in the US, Hungary and as managing director for Elastogran in France from 1992 to 2007.
"I am confident that Wolfram will take ISOPA forward and follow the successes of the past several years under Mike's stewardship," said ISOPA president Nick Webster, in the statement.
Frank said he sees the "challenges include both effective compliance with REACH and the development of a communications programme to position polyurethanes and the chemical components as materials of choice now and in the future."
Jeffs will progressively hand over his knowledge over the next several weeks and ISOPA's statement said it is looking forward to a smooth transition and ongoing active programmes in support of the polyurethanes industry.
PIC: (l-r) Steven English (Dow) vice-president ISOPA, Nick Webster (Huntsman), Wolfram Frank, and Mike Jeffs