AKRON, OHIO (Nov. 17, 12:55 p.m. ET) — Former Plastics News reporter and freelance correspondent Angie DeRosa has rejoined the publication full time in the newly created position of conference producer. Now based in Edmond, Okla., DeRosa will relocate to the publication's headquarters in Akron.
In her new post, DeRosa will report to editorial and conference director Robert Grace, and assume primary responsibility for determining program content and recruiting speakers for PN's growing events business.
DeRosa worked as a full-time PN reporter from November 2000 until September 2007, when she moved west to pursue a master's degree in economics and business management from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she also worked as a communications specialist in the graduate college, as well as daily content director for iONOklahoma, an online news and lifestyle magazine serving the metropolitan Oklahoma City area.
When previously at PN, DeRosa covered the building/construction and packaging industries. As a correspondent, she has done general-assignment reporting and has assisted with interpretation and analysis of some of the publication's processor rankings data — to include a recent, repeat speaking engagement on that topic at the annual conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Blow Molding Division.
“Angie is an excellent researcher and reporter, and always has demonstrated a passion for the plastics industry,” Grace said. “We're delighted to bring her back into the fold full time and allow her to use those skills, in addition to her extensive market knowledge, to help us identify and develop conference programs that will best serve the industry's needs.”
PN is planning six conferences next year — starting with its 14th annual Executive Forum in late January, and including its second China Plastics in Automotive conference, in Shanghai on April 17, the day before Chinaplas 2012. Also on the agenda is its third annual Plastics in Medical Devices conference in Cleveland, which will take place in mid-June.