NORTEK INC. - Robert Ractliffe was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the building materials firm in Providence, R.I. Lee Meyer was named president and chief executive officer of subsidiary Ply Gem Industries Inc. of New York. John Wayne was named president of subsidiary Variform Inc. in Kearney, Mo.
OMNEXUS - The Atlanta online plastics marketplace named Michael Walsh interim chief executive officer and Reinhard Katz interim chairman. They replace Peter Dunning, who left in December.
PERFECT PLASTIC PRINTING CORP. - The St. Charles, Ill.-based secure credit card manufacturer named Gary Smythe chief operating officer and Christopher Smoczynski executive vice president. Smythe was executive vice president, and Smoczynski was group vice president.
STROMBECKER CORP. - The Chicago injection molder hired Carl Davis as general manager for its Durant, Okla., facility. Under Davis, the firm will begin offering custom molding services.
TOOLING MOLDS WEST INC. - Linda Thomas was named vice president of the Tempe, Ariz.-based injection mold maker. Curt Anderson was named engineering manager.
TREND TECHNOLOGIES INC. - Ken Edoff joined the San Jose, Calif.-based enclosure maker as executive vice president of worldwide sales. Mark Hornstra joined the firm as director of marketing and sales. Bradford Frank and Brian Dickstein were named vice presidents of strategic accounts.
The Washington-based SOCIETY OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY INC. elected Charles Paulk to a four-year term as Mississippi's first representative to the board. Paulk is president of IntellaBuy Inc., a supply management advisory group in McComb, Miss., that specializes in plastics and packaging. ... Frank Waters now is president of ASHLAND DISTRIBUTION CO. and vice president of Ashland Inc. The Dublin, Ohio-based chemical and plastics distributor also granted Tim Drefahl its chairman's environmental health and safety award. Drefahl is a territory manager with the group's General Polymers Division. ... Specialty chemical distributor DUNLEARY INC. named Linda Collins its area manager serving Georgia, eastern Tennessee and southern South Carolina. Dunleary is based in Baltimore. ... Muttenz, Switzerland-based CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD. announced several changes to its board, including Robert Raeber as chairman and Heinrich Bossard as a board member for the chemicals giant. ... GRANUTECH SATURN SYSTEMS CORP. named John Melton sales director for western regions of the United States and Canada and all of Mexico. The Grand Prairie, Texas-based firm makes size-reduction and processing equipment. ... E. Dean Runk has been named business unit manager with PARAGON DIE & ENGINEERING CO., an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based mold maker. ... Pierre Joris was named president of resin supplier SOLVAY ENGINEERED POLYMERS of Auburn Hills, Mich. ... The Ensinger-Hyde division of ENSINGER INDUSTRIES INC. named Ken Carlton production inventory control manager and Ken Grier technical resources manager. Ensinger is a Washington, Pa.-based engineered plastics manufacturer. ... The UNIVERSITY OF AKRON in Ohio named Liming Dai an associate professor of polymer engineering. ... Mount Kisco, N.Y.-based ZUMBACH ELECTRONICS CORP. named Sven Naegeli vice president and general manager and Keith Donahue vice president of sales. Zumbach makes measurement and control systems. ... Auxiliary equipment maker WATLOW ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING CO. of St. Louis named Steve Desloge to its board, Dean Hoffmann vice president of business operations, Daniel Sparks marketing director, Stephanie Remus product manager and Lisa Ptasienski marketing communications leader.