Univar Names Group Senior Vice President - Europe 10/07/2008
Bellevue, Wash. Oct. 7, 2008 - Univar, a world leader in chemical distribution, today announced that it has appointed John van Osch as Group Senior Vice President - Europe, effective January 1, 2009, reporting to Gary Pruitt, Univar President and CEO.
"John will be the Senior Executive in Europe with full responsibility for the development of Univar's business activities in the region," said Mr. Pruitt. "Univar offers customers a powerful product portfolio from many of the world's leading manufacturers, all focused on key industries supported by qualified technical, logistical and marketing resources."
Currently, Mr. van Osch is President and General Manager of DSM Composite Resins in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Prior to joining DSM in 2006, he enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years with General Electric, primarily with GE Plastics.
Univar is one of the world's leading independent distributors of industrial chemicals and providers of related specialty services, operating throughout North America and Europe. Univar endeavors to service its customer base, made up of some 250,000 industrial customers, with a full portfolio of products. The majority are commodities that the company buys in bulk, then processes, blends and repacks to meet the diverse requirements of the industries we serve. Others are specialties - purchased pre-packaged and sold on a technical basis, usually under a manufacturer's own brand. Univar operates a network of approximately 200 distribution centers located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China. In 2007, Univar reported sales of $8.1 billion. Univar has approximately 7,700 employees based throughout North America, Europe and China. The company's registered office is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with administrative support offices in Bellevue, Washington, USA, and Bradford, England, UK. For more information, visit: www.univarcorp.com.
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