Nish Thakrar was named market manager for United Kingdom-based Porvair Filtration Group.

Mark Chrisman has joined Beachwood, Ohio-based Omnova Solutions as global vice president, sales and commercial excellence, for the Performance Chemicals business unit.

Jeff An has joined Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn., as director of Professional Services for China.

Wichita, Kan.-based Invista has named Erdal Merttürk technical account manager for the Middle East brand support team for the Cordura® brand.

Scott Butler has been named vice president of operations for the Jones Family of Companies, Humboldt, Tenn. In his new role, Butler will oversee operations for all the Jones companies including Jones Companies Ltd. and Jones Fiber Products Inc.

Germany-based Sympatex Technologies GmbH has hired Derek Spingler as vice president for North America.

Switzerland-based SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG has promoted Steven Lin to sales director China.

Pirjo Patala has been named Project Portfolio manager, convenience, and a member of the global research and development team at Finland-based Suominen Corp.

AmeriPride Services Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., has named Sam Hooks general manager of its Florence, Ky.-based branch.

Pittsburgh-based American Textile Co. has named Peter Marsalis senior vice president of human resources.

The Germany-based Hohenstein Institute recently restructured its management framework. Former departmental directors Dr. Stefan Droste, Florian Girmond, Dirk Höfer and Dr. Andreas Schmidt are now managing directors with responsibility for Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG and the Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute GmbH & Co. KG. Armin Keicher, head of finance and administration, as well as Jörg Diekmann, head of sales, now are authorized signatories — Keicher for all the individual Hohenstein companies, and Diekmann for foreign branches of the Hohenstein Institute. Stefan Mecheels will continue as the sole executive partner of the Research Institute — Forschungsinstitut Hoehenstein Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mecheels GmbH & Co. KG (Holding) — and managing director of the other two corporate entities — Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH and Hohenstein Academy e.V.

August 18, 2015