Personnel changes for Saudi Basic Industries Corp., Severstal North America, and IAV Automotive Engineering Inc.
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. -- Keith Smith to executive vice president of innovative plastics, effective Dec. 1.
Smith, who worked for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., replaced Charlie Crew, who will retire on Jan. 1. Smith received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He joined DuPont in 1980. He was vice president of sourcing and logistics at the time he left.
Sabic, a major petrochemical producer, acquired GE Plastics in 2007. The Pittsfield, Mass., company’s innovative plastics unit supplies engineering thermoplastics to automotive and nonautomotive customers. It has operations in 35 countries.
Severstal North America -- David Howard to vice president of purchasing, effective Nov. 28.
Howard rejoins Severstal after a stint at RG Steel, where he was chief commercial officer. Howard, who has 27 years of experience in the steel industry, had been vice president of corporate planning for Severstal North America.
Howard received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grove City College.
Severstal, of suburban Detroit, is a steel maker.
IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. -- Chris Hennessy to business unit director for vehicle systems.
In the North American market, he will oversee IAV’s expansion into vehicle integration, functional safety, telematics, active safety, vehicle dynamics and chassis systems.
Before joining IAV, Hennessy was chief powertrain technologist at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute.
IAV, of suburban Detroit, offers contract-engineering services in powertrain, transmissions, calibration, and development of diesel, gasoline and alternative-fuel engines.
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