Victrex appoints new CEO

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Jakob Sigurdsson

UK-based high-performance polymer supplier Victrex has appointed Jakob Sigurdsson as its chief executive officer effective 1 Oct.

Sigurdsson, who joined the Thornton Cleveleys-based company on 4 Sept, will replace David Hummel who is retiring after 24 years as CEO.

Victrex, manufactures a wide range of high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) - polymer based materials and technologies, from new polymers to product forms such as film, piping, and UD-tape.

The company’s Victrex PEEK is currently used in applications within various industries including automotive, aerospace, electronics and energy.

Sigurdsson, 53, has more than 20 years’ experience in large multi-national companies, including with Rohm & Haas – now part of Dow Chemical – in the US, as well as Alfesca in Europe, and Promens, a global design and engineering company in plastic products. 

His roles have spanned marketing, supply chain, business development, strategy and M&A, with particular emphasis on growth in new or emerging markets, both within Rohm & Haas and as a CEO and non-executive director.

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