Birla Carbon names new president of specialty blacks business

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Todd Cottrell has been hired as the new president of the specialty blacks business (SBB) at Birla Carbon, while Jas Sandhu, head of business for SBB, is to retire.

“Jas has provided exceptional leadership to the specialty blacks business of Birla Carbon, especially after Columbian Chemicals became part of the Aditya Birla Group,” said John Loudermilk, chief operating officer, Birla Carbon. “In a market where carbon black is closely associated with tires, Jas’s leadership created a niche for the specialty applications of Birla Carbon in many industries. Jas’s enthusiasm for the specialty business will be missed. I wish him the very best as he steps into retirement.”

Cottrell, who will report to Loudermilk, has more than 20 years of experience in chemicals and materials. He has worked in the fields of specialty chemicals, pigments, coatings and adhesives.

“Todd brings a wealth of experience building strong customer relationships and market-driven product innovations that deliver value in the businesses he has led. We are thrilled to have him join our executive team and help drive our market focus,” added Loudermilk.

Cottrell’s previous jobs include positions at Kraton Performance Polymers, PPG Industries, Aerospace Chemicals and, most recently, Huntsman Corporation.

December 12, 2017

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