Belgian plastics executive tapped to be next CEO of SPE


The Society of the Plastics Engineers (SPE) has a new CEO, naming Willem (Wim) De Vos, a Belgian plastics executive who graduated with an engineering degree in polymer chemistry to replace Susan Oderwald. Oderwald, who came to the society with trade association but no plastics experience, led SPE from 2004 until the end of 2011.

De Vos comes to SPE after serving as CEO of the Vitalo Group, a global supplier of plastic packaging and thermoformed products. Prior to that 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.

A 20-year veteran of the plastics industry, De Vos was already an active member in SPE, most recently serving as chair-elect of the European Thermoforming Division. That, and his oversight of a global business, was part of his appeal, according to Russell Broome, SPE's 2011-2012 president. "[De Vos] has a truly global perspective, and brings outstanding management experience at a time when SPE is focused on growth," Broome said in a 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." ...
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