PQ Corp. Announces Appointment of John Steitz As Chief Operating Officer

  PQ Corp. Announces Appointment of John Steitz As Chief Operating Officer

 Highly Successful Corporate Leader in Chemicals To Assume Newly Created Post
                                    Oct. 1

Business Wire

MALVERN, Pa. -- September 20, 2013

PQ Corp., a leading producer of inorganic specialty performance chemicals and
special custom catalysts, has named John M. Steitz to the newly created
position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for PQ Corp., effective Oct. 1. The
appointment was announced today by Michael R. Boyce, Chairman and CEO of PQ

Boyce said business growth and future opportunities support the need for a new
senior leader who would share duties with Boyce in overseeing day-to-day
business operations, safety efforts, and customer service in addition to
leading other key business initiatives. As COO, the three business line
Presidents, Erwin Goede (Performance Chemicals - Europe, South Africa, and
Asia), Paul Ferrall (Performance Chemicals for the Americas and Australia),
and John Lau (Catalysts Group), will all report directly to Steitz.

“PQ is very pleased to have John join our team and help us manage and direct
our business through an exciting period of growth,” said Boyce. “John has been
a highly successful business leader and brings unique and extensive chemical
industry experience to his new role with PQ, having spent his entire career
working within our industry.”

Steitz has held wide-ranging corporate responsibilities during his career
including his recent position as President and Chief Executive Officer for the
global Specialty Chemicals Business of Avantor Materials, LLC. He also held
key senior executive roles at Albemarle Corp., a $2.9 billion global
manufacturer of polymer additives, fine chemicals, and catalysts. Steitz was
President and COO for five years, reporting to Albermarle’s CEO, where he led
the day-to day operations of all three business lines until his appointment at
Avantor in 2012. At Albemarle, he also successfully led the $400 million fine
chemicals business line, leading to his appointment as vice president of
business operations and research and development for three global businesses.
He was subsequently promoted to senior vice president for business operations
for Albermarle’s fine chemicals, polymers, and catalyst businesses, driving
international business growth for all three lines in China, Russia, South
America, and the Middle East.

Steitz started his career at Mallinckrodt Inc., a chemical, imaging, and
respiratory equipment supplier to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry,
after graduating as a chemical engineer. During his tenure at Mallinckrodt, he
held sales and sales management positions and was promoted to business
director, general manager, and vice president/general manager.

Steitz holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University
of Missouri, an MBA from the University of Illinois, and has completed the
Executive Program at both Stanford University and a similar Executive Program
focused on Corporate Governance at the Wharton School at the University of

About PQ Corp.

PQ Corp., based in Malvern, Pa., is a leading producer of inorganic specialty
chemicals and engineered glass materials. The company conducts operations
through three principal businesses: the Performance Chemicals division, which
develops, manufactures and sells high-performance silicate-based specialty
chemicals; the Catalyst division, a leading producer of high-performance
catalytic zeolites and zeolite-based catalysts and polyolefin catalysts; and
the Potters division, which manufactures and sells highly engineered solid and
hollow glass spheres. PQ operates across 19 countries on five continents and
has one of the most comprehensive global manufacturing and distribution
networks serving diverse end markets. For more information, visit


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