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Thierry Vanlancker: retiring

USA: Thierry Vanlancker, president of Chemours fluoroproducts business, is retiring.

Vanlancker was appointed president of DuPont’s Chemicals & Fluoroproducts business in 2012 and continued in the role when it was spun off to Chemours. He has served the company in a wide range of business and sales leadership roles since joining the company in 1988 in Belgium.

Paul Kirsch, senior vice president, supply chain and operations at Henkel AG, will take over Vanlancker’s role, relocating to Chemours global headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.  Vanlancker and Kirsch will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition for customers and other company stakeholders.

“Thierry has been instrumental in beginning the transformation of our fluoroproducts business — part of our larger Chemours five-point transformation plan — and I am confident that Paul will accelerate that work with a clear focus on customers, growth, and delivering results,” said Mark Vergnano, Chemours president and CEO.

“Paul brings deep experience on the commercial side from his many former P&L roles, and I have no doubt that under his leadership our fluoroproducts business will achieve greater and faster growth, which ultimately serves the interests of all our company stakeholders.”