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SPE names Vitalo’s De Vos as new CEO

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has appointed industry veteran Willem De Vos as its new CEO.


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January 23, 2012 by Canadian Plastics

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has appointed industry veteran Willem De Vos as its new CEO.

He succeeds former SPE head Susan Oderwald, who left the Newtown, Conn.-based organization in December 2011.

De Vos served most recently as CEO of the Vitalo Group, a Belgium-based global supplier of plastic packaging and thermoformed products. Previously he managed compounding and processing units of Recticel, an international producer of polyurethane automotive components. He entered the industry in 1991 with technical and sales positions at Eurocompound, a supplier to the textile and automotive industries.  

As head of the Vitalo Group, De Vos oversaw an enterprise with worldwide factories and sales offices, including locations in Europe, the USA, Mexico, India, Thailand, China, Japan, and the Philippines. At Recticel, he first supervised plants in Belgium and Detroit, Michigan; then, as a director of Recticel Interior Solutions, based in Germany, he was responsible for several European and Asian car brands. In addition to his responsibilities in Europe, he set up Recticel’s first plant in China, and was a board member of a Japanese joint venture.

“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.”