Olivier Ferrary is taking over from Gérard Collette as general manager of Rhodia Acetow, which in 2011 became part of the Solvay Group.
A former manager of SDU Special Chemicals, Ferrary has held various responsibilities relating to chemicals and plastics within the Solvay Group. Collette will take over the management of Solvay’s industrial function and move to the company’s headquarters in Brussels.
During his tenure, Collette initiated projects to improve efficiency and diversify the company’s portfolio, which contributed to growth. Ferrary intends to continue this course.
Coinciding with the Solvay Group’s 150th anniversary in 2013, the company also released a new logo. The logo symbolizes the integration process, aimed at merging the two companies into a global player in sustainable chemistry.
Solvay offers a broad range of products in a variety of industries. Headquartered in Brussels, the group employs about 31,000 people in 55 countries and generated net sales of €12.7 billion ($16.82 billion) in 2011.
Rhodia Acetow is the world’s third-largest producer of cellulose acetate tow for cigarette filters. It has four production sites on four continents.