Degussa has named John Rolando president and chief executive officer of Röhm America LLC, part of Degussa's Specialty Polymers Division, effective February 1, 2005. He succeeds Rodger Cram, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Rolando has held a variety of senior marketing and management positions for Degussa Corporation in the NAFTA region and for Degussa AG in Europe since joining Degussa in 1987. Most recently, he worked in the Aerosil & Silanes business unit and in the Feed Additives business unit. He is currently involved in strategic projects for the Specialty Polymers Division in NAFTA and will continue to undertake this activity.