Calgon Carbon, Lanxess name new leaders
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Calgon Carbon Corp. has looked to a neighboring chemical company for new leadership, triggering a change in management at two Pittsburgh area companies.
Randall S. Dearth, 48, will take over as president and CEO at the Robinson environmental services firm effective Aug. 1, the company announced Wednesday. Mr. Dearth has been president and CEO of Findlay-based Lanxess Corp., the North American operations of a German chemical company, since 2004 and has served on Calgon Carbon's board since 2007.
Lanxess, in turn, announced it has named Flemming B. Bjornslev to succeed Mr. Dearth as its president and CEO, taking over at a later date. The company's chief financial officer, Raymond Newhouse, will serve as acting CEO in the interim.
The changes were set in motion after John S. Stanik, chairman, president and CEO of Calgon Carbon, announced in May plans to retire as soon as a replacement was identified. Mr. Stanik, 58, was quoted at that time as saying he needed to spend more time with his family because of the illness of an undisclosed family member.
Calgon Carbon also announced Wednesday that Seth E. Schofeld will serve as its independent chairman, effective Aug. 1. A board member since 1995, Mr. Schofeld was formerly chairman and CEO of USAir Group.
Mr. Dearth formerly worked for the Bayer Group, which spun out Lanxess in 2004. Between 2002 and the creation of Lanxess, he served as president and CEO of Bayer Chemicals Corp.
Mr. Bjornslev now serves as CEO of Lanxess Central Eastern Europe, a position he has held since 2008, according to the announcement from Lanxess. He started with Bayer AG in Germany in 1990 and has held various positions at Bayer/Lanxess.
Calgon Carbon shares closed at $13.72, up 41 cents or just over 3 percent.
First Published June 28, 2012 12:00 am