Effective June 1, Ron Birnbaum was appointed head of the Americas region for Degussas High Performance Polymers business unit, responsible for business in North and South America. The region is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ. Mr. Birnbaum brings to us the benefit of many years of experience in a variety of posts in the plastics industry, said Dr. Joachim Leluschko, head of the business unit, which is headquartered in Marl, Germany. This experience will be extremely valuable to us in attaining our ambitious growth targets in the region. The High Performance Polymers business unit focuses on the production of customized products, semifinished products and systems based on high-performance polymers. It currently employs more than 1000 people.