Birla Carbon has appointed John A Loudermilk as Chief Operating Officer  (COO) effective September 1, 2017. He succeeds Kevin Boyle, who retires on August 31. Loudermilk joined Birla Carbon following the acquisition of Columbian Chemicals in 2011 after joining Columbian in 2005. He has held several key leadership positions including as Vice President, Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer and, most recently, President, North America, Europe and Africa. Prior to joining Columbian Chemicals, he worked for Solutia Inc and its predecessor Monsanto Company in diverse leadership roles in business management, sales, supply chain, and manufacturing.

“John’s experience leading various aspects of our business will ensure a smooth transition and enable him to be successful in the COO role. John is a strong and passionate leader who has the full confidence of the Aditya Birla Group to continue our journey to be the most respected, dynamic, and sustainable global carbon black business,” said Dr Santrupt B Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon.

“I am both humbled and excited to get this opportunity to lead this great team. I look forward to build on our long history and achieve new successes for our customers, communities, and all of our stakeholders,” said Loudermilk.

Birla Carbon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of high quality carbon black and a flagship business of the US$ 41 billion Aditya Birla Group. The company’s footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities.