AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM) announced today that it has named Greg Agnew as Director – Continuous Improvement for the Americas, effective January 1, 2011. Agnew will be responsible for leading A. Schulman's continuous improvement initiatives in the Americas, including focusing on leaner manufacturing operations, and stronger sales and operating planning processes. He will report to Gustavo Perez, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas and will be located in A. Schulman's Houston-based Americas office.
"Continuous improvement is one of our four key profit drivers at A. Schulman, along with new products, purchasing savings/smart pricing, and steady volume improvement," Perez said. "Greg has more than 20 years of experience in global operations, manufacturing, engineering and product development, and he is highly qualified to lead this important effort for our operations in the Americas."
Prior to joining A. Schulman, Agnew was Director of Operations – Americas for Henkel/ICI. His other previous positions included Director of Facilities Management Operations and Engineering for Pfizer, and Manager, Process/Product Development for Ingersoll-Rand.
Agnew received a master of business administration degree from Indiana University with a concentration in business and operations, a master's degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State University, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University. He is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and has Lean Manufacturing training.
About A. Schulman, Inc.
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, A. Schulman is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins. These materials are used in a variety of consumer, industrial, automotive and packaging applications. The Company employs about 2,900 people and has 37 manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
A. Schulman reported net sales of $1.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2010. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com.
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- worldwide and regional economic, business and political conditions, including continuing economic uncertainties in some or all of the Company's major product markets;
- the effectiveness of the Company's efforts to improve operating margins through sales growth, price increases, productivity gains, and improved purchasing techniques;
- competitive factors, including intense price competition;
- fluctuations in the value of currencies in major areas where the Company operates;
- volatility of prices and availability of the supply of energy and raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of the Company's products, particularly plastic resins derived from oil and natural gas;
- changes in customer demand and requirements;
- effectiveness of the Company to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, growth and other benefits anticipated from acquisitions and restructuring initiatives;
- escalation in the cost of providing employee health care;
- uncertainties regarding the resolution of pending and future litigation and other claims;
- the performance of the North American auto market; and
- further adverse changes in economic or industry conditions, including global supply and demand conditions and prices for products.
The risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risk factors that could affect the Company's performance are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the most recent Form 10-Q. In addition, risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have material adverse effects on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. This document contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this document. The Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new events, information or circumstances, or otherwise. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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