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 Corp. 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 Pennsylvania. 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 www.pqcorp.com. Contact: PQ Corp. Kevin Doran, 610-651-4227 firstname.lastname@example.org or Press Contact: Joseph Grande, 413-684-2463 email@example.com
PQ Corp. Announces Appointment of John Steitz As Chief Operating Officer
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