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MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT DOW EUROPE: HELFENSTEIN, WILSON, KILA, ALLEMANG TO NEW ROLES

 MIDLAND, Mich., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Several key management changes have been announced at Dow Europe.
 Jack Helfenstein, executive vice president at Dow Europe for hydrocarbons and energy, chemicals, and performance products, has been named global vice president for Dow's hydrocarbons and energy businesses, a position which he will assume from his present location of Horgen, Switzerland. In his expanded role, Helfenstein will also directly manage the hydrocarbons activities of Dow Europe.
 "The hydrocarbons commercial markets are truly global today, and are closely linked to their equivalents in feedstock and energy supply which also tend to globalize," said Helfenstein. "Any company active on that market needs a strong element of coordination to implement a global strategy. To Dow, this is made even more compelling by the fact that the company's huge asset base is broadly distributed across North America, Europe and the Pacific. Operating these global assets towards a position of low-cost supplier to Dow's 'captive' markets, and complementing our balances from smart sourcing and selling positions are the challenges ahead," concluded Helfenstein.
 Helfenstein, a Swiss national, is a graduate of London University where he received a B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in economics and engineering. He initially joined Dow in 1963 in Midland as an economic evaluation engineer and soon was transferred to Europe in the same function. After several business management positions, he was assigned in 1979 to Eastern European operations. Hydrocarbons became one of his specialties, and he was named director of that business in 1983. Three years later, he was made a vice president of Dow Europe and joined its operating committee. In 1987, he became executive vice president, with additional responsibilities for chemicals and performance products, while retaining his links with the hydrocarbons and energy area.
 Edward Wilson, vice president for hydrocarbons and energy at Dow Europe, has been appointed vice president for strategic planning for Europe.
 Wilson, whose previous responsibilities will be assumed by Jack Helfenstein, will report to Yves Bobillier, soon to become chief operating officer for Dow Europe. In his newly created position, Wilson will bring industry- and market-related macro economics into the company's perspective, and will play a key role in helping shape fundamental decisions in terms of product mix, marketing mix, and growth opportunities.
 Wilson, a British subject, is a graduate of Manchester and Loughborough Universities in the U.K., and holds a master's degree in polymer science and technology. He joined Dow in London in 1971 and took a number of commercial and marketing positions before transferring to Horgen in 1979 as business manager for coatings. In 1982, Wilson was made general sales manager for the U.K., and was appointed commercial director for the Middle East and Africa in 1983. He returned to Horgen in 1985 as vice president of Dow Europe for propylene oxide and derivatives, then for polyurethanes. In 1989, he was made area vice president for hydrocarbons and energy.
 Henk Kila, regional general manager for Dow Benelux and Nordic and a vice president of Dow Europe, has been appointed vice president for Marketing and Sales.
 Kila will report to Yves Bobillier, soon to become chief operating officer for Dow Europe. Kila will coordinate the field sales and marketing responsibilities for all Dow Europe's "core" businesses.
 Kila, a Dutchman, joined Dow in 1967 as a sales representative for plastics and coatings in Rotterdam. In 1971, he transferred to Scandinavia as district sales manager, then took a further commercial assignment in Germany. He moved to Horgen in 1974 as product marketing manager for polystyrene, but returned to regional responsibilities when he became general sales manager for South Africa in 1977, then for Africa in 1979, then for Middle East and Africa in 1982. Four years later, Kila was named vice president of Dow Europe for strategic planning and diversification. He returned to Benelux and Nordic in 1987 as general manager for the combined region, and took on the additional responsibility of his region's commercial operations in the fall of last year.
 Arnold Allemang, general manager of manufacturing for the Benelux region, has been appointed general manager for the same region.
 Allemang, who will remain based in Terneuzen, will continue to supervise directly the region's manufacturing function, and will also have responsibility for general administration and external affairs in the region, while pursuing resource optimization among those functions. (The commercial responsibility for the Benelux will be the object of a further appointment.)
 Allemang will continue to report to Dick Fieler, executive vice president for operations at Dow Europe.
 An American citizen, Allemang holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Sam Houston State University in Texas. He initially joined Dow in 1965 in Freeport, Texas. After five years in the solvents development lab, he transferred to Stade, Germany, then returned to the United States in 1974 for various technical and managerial assignments. In 1981, he was made unit manager for Freeport's chlorinated ethanes, and two years later for light hydrocarbons and acetylene. In 1984, Allemang was transferred to Terneuzen become production manager for the first cracker (LHC 1), then responsible for the site's process control and engineering functions. He again returned to Freeport in 1988 to manage the entire hydrocarbons production. He moved to Midland in 1989 to become Dow's director of technology center administration. In the summer of last year, he became general manufacturing manager for the Benelux.
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