Hawthorne, N.J.-based Brawer Brothers Inc. recently named Scott Hartzell sales manager.

Sangeeta Sachdev was named managing director for Charlotte-based SPGPrints America Inc. She is responsible for the Netherlands-based company’s operations in the United States and Canada.

Houston-based Ascend Performance Materials has named Phil McDivitt president, CEO and member of the Board of Directors. McDivitt takes over  as CEO from Frederic “Fred” M. Poses who has retired and also stepped down from the company’s board. In addition, G. Peter “Pete” D’Aloia will retire from the company’s Board of Directors.

Nilit America Fibers, Greensboro, N.C., has  promoted Robert Ferree to president. Ferree replaces Basil “Sonny” B. Walker who retired in January. In addition, Ed Gaskins joined the company as director of Sales/Technical Support for warp knitting and weaving clients in North America.

Christian Muser was recently promoted to chief technology officer for Switzerland-based
SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has elected the following  six people to its Board  of Directors for 2017: Christopher Astley, Glatfelter; Thomas Balkom, Johns Manville; Andreas Dreher, The Procter & Gamble Co.; Tom Peters, Rockline Industries; Jeff Slosman, National Wiper Alliance Inc.; and Scott Tracey, Berry Global Group Inc. The board’s executive committee — empowered to act for the board between meetings — is comprised of the following appointees: Karen Castle, Suominen; Todd L. Bassett, Fi-Tech Inc.; Paul A. Marold Jr., Lydall Performance Materials Inc.; Robert Lovegrove, Milliken & Company; Walter G. Jones, Precision Fabrics Group Inc.; Nick Santoleri, Rockline Industries; and C.K. Wong, U.S. Pacific Nonwovens Industry Ltd.

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Americhem Inc. has named Matthew Hellstern CEO of the Americhem Group, which comprises Americhem, Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds and Vi-Chem Corp.

May/June 2017