CEREPLAST INC. — The bioresin maker in El Segundo, Calif., named Michael Thielen its ombudsman to lobby the industry for one symbol to identify products made from bioplastics. Thielen is founder and president of Polymediaconsult of M"nchengladbach, Germany.
CHROMA CORP. — The color concentrates maker in McHenry, Ill., named Jay Grizzle Midwest business development manager.
COLOR-LOGIC INC. — The software maker for printing applications in West Chester, Ohio, named Bill Sullivan, head of MSM Color Solutions Inc. in Lakeville, Minn., a manufacturers' representative.
DOW CHEMICAL CO. — Jacqueline Barton, a board member of the resin maker in Midland, Mich., was among seven recipients of the National Medal of Science. Barton is chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and a professor at the California Institute of Technology.
INTELLIGENT GLOBAL POOLING SYSTEMS CO. LLC — The provider of radio-frequency identification-tagged, all-plastic pallets in Orlando, Fla., named Richard DiStasio CEO.
LPKF LASER & ELECTRONICS AG — The Garbsen, Germany-based maker of prototyping equipment named Volker Kühnle manager of its seven subsidiaries in China. He will be based in Shanghai.
MATERIAL CONNEXION INC. — The materials consultancy and its design-management sister firm Culture & Commerce Inc., both of New York, named Susan Towers vice president of marketing and communications.
MATERIAL HANDLING INDUSTRY OF AMERICA — The trade group in Charlotte, N.C., named George Prest to succeed John Nofsinger as CEO when Nofsinger retires at the end of the year.
PROLAMINA CORP. — The packaging company based in Lake Forest, Ill., named Matt Conlin vice president of sales and Paul Schabow vice president of procurement.
SIMONA AG — The semi-finished product and piping component manufacturer headquartered in Kirn, Germany, named Fredy Hiltmann chief financial officer and a member of the board effective Jan 1, 2012.
TEKNOR APEX CO. — The custom PVC compounds maker based in Pawtucket, R.I., named Ger Vroomen senior European automotive market manager for thermoplastic elastomers and Stef Hordijk European market manager for non-automotive TPEs.
TOPLINE PRODUCTS CO. INC. — The maker of cosmetics packaging and products in Wayne, N.J., named David Prague vice president of operations.
VECOPLAN LLC — The shredding and recycling equipment maker in High Point, N.C., named Chris Sturgis a service technician.