HOUSTON, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, today announced that Dr. Holger R. Jung has joined Kraton as Vice President, Sales and Marketing. In his new role Dr. Jung will have responsibility for all sales, marketing and market development activities globally for Kraton, reporting to Kevin M. Fogarty, Kraton's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"We are extremely pleased that Holger has joined our senior leadership team at Kraton," said Fogarty. "Holger's technical background, coupled with his broad commercial experience in the chemical and polymer industry, will enable him to quickly focus his efforts in continuing to advance Kraton's market-leading innovative application and market development priorities, supporting both existing and new customer relationships globally."
Dr. Jung joins Kraton from Invista, where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, serving most recently as Vice President of Invista's North American Polyester & Intermediates business overseeing the successful sale of this business to Indorama. Dr. Jung began his career at Hoechst AG as a research and development chemist. At Hoechst AG he also served as a technical service manager, and he held positions with oversight for quality management, strategic planning, and for the marketing and sales functions of KoSa's European Polyester Specialty Polymer Business.
Dr. Jung earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Marburg and he spent 14 months at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leading various research projects within the Department of Material Science.
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Kraton"), is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and one of the world's largest producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by Kraton almost 50 years ago. Kraton's polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. The company, offers approximately 800 products to more than 700 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and is the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents. We manufacture products at five plants globally, including our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, the most diversified SBC plant in the world, as well as plants in Germany, France, Brazil and Japan. The plant in Japan is operated by an unconsolidated manufacturing joint venture. For more information on the company, please visit www.kraton.com.
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