NEWTOWN, CONN. (Jan. 19, 2:20 p.m. ET) — The Society of Plastics Engineers has appointed a plastics and SPE veteran as its new CEO, the society announced Jan 19.
Willem (Wim) De Vos was CEO of Vitalo Group, a global thermoformer and packaging producer based in Meulebeke, Belgium. Since it was founded as a one-plant business in 1995, Vitalo has grown into a multi-facility operation in Europe, the United States, Mexico, India, Japan, China, Thailand, and the Philippines.
“In our worldwide search for a new chief executive officer, we were delighted to find in Wim a 20-year veteran of the plastics industry who is already active in and understands our Society, has a truly global perspective, and brings outstanding management experience at a time when SPE is focused on growth,” said 2011-2012 SPE President Russell Broome in a news release.
“His expertise in extending business activities into emerging markets and his global network in the plastics industry will be of enormous value in carrying out SPE's mission of strategic growth.”
De Vos succeeds Susan Oderwald, who left SPE in December.
Prior to Vitalo, De Vos managed compounding and processing units of Recticel SA, a Brussels, Belgium, producer of polyurethane automotive components. He first supervised plants in Belgium and Detroit, Mich. Then, as director of Recticel Interior Solutions, based in Germany, he was responsible for several European and Asian car brands. He set up Recticel's first plant in China and was a board member of a Japanese joint venture.
De Vos began has plastics career in 1991 with technical and sales positions at Eurocompound, a supplier to the textile and automotive industries.
As a member of SPE, De Vos most recently served as chair-elect of the European Thermoforming Division. He speaks Dutch, English, French, German and some Italian.
De Vos holds an engineering degree in polymer chemistry from Industriële Hogeschool CTL in Gent, Belgium, and an executive MBA from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.