Todd Cottrell Appointed President, Specialty Blacks Business; Jas Sandhu to Retire

Atlanta/Mumbai, December 06, 2017

Birla Carbon today announced the appointment of Todd Cottrell as President, Specialty Blacks Business (SBB). Todd joins Birla Carbon on December 11, 2017. Jas Sandhu, Business Head for SBB, has decided to retire from Birla Carbon.

“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. He further added, “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.”

As President of the Specialty Blacks Business and a member of Birla Carbon’s Senior Management Team, Todd Cottrell will report to John Loudermilk, Chief Operating Officer, Birla Carbon. Todd is a recognized leader in specialty chemicals with more than 20 years of experience in chemicals and materials. He has global experience in specialty chemicals, pigments, coatings, adhesives, and other types of products.

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

Todd joins Birla Carbon from Huntsman Corporation where he led the Color Pigments business as Global Commercial Director. Prior to Huntsman, Todd was the Global Director of Coatings, Adhesives, and Sealants at Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. He also spent several years at PPG Industries as Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Aerospace Coating and Global Business Manager for Aerospace Chemicals.

About Birla Carbon

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. Birla Carbon provides a complete portfolio of products across ASTM grades and specialty blacks to meet the specific end requirements across Tires, Rubber, Plastics, Coatings, Inks and other niche industries.

Birla Carbon has two state-of-the art technology centers at Marietta (USA) and Taloja (India), besides well-equipped laboratories across its manufacturing units providing for continuous R&D. As an ardent practitioner of sustainable development, Birla Carbon’s Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) strategy focuses on employee safety, environmental stewardship, efficient use of carbon sources and a key focus on conducting operations in a socially and ethically responsible manner.

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