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HEXPOL Appoints New Controller of HEXPOL Engineered Products
Jim Stevens has been promoted to Controller of HEXPOL
Engineered Products as of October 25, 2019. This change will support strategic growth
in the Engineered Products division and further diversify Jim’s involvement
across the business segment.
In his new role, Jim will use data analysis to provide
business insights that will grow the Engineered Products division.
“We are happy to share this opportunity with Jim as he has
proven himself to be a valuable asset to the HEXPOL organization. Throughout
his employment at Stellana, Jim has continued to demonstrate success through
his analytical thinking and leadership skills. I am confident that Jim will
contribute to HEXPOL’s continued development in his new role.” - Gabriela
Karlsson, Financial Director.
Jim has extensive experience in accounting, management, and
finance. Jim began his employment at Stellana in 2012 as an Accountant where he
was further promoted to Controller at Stellana US and then Director of Finance
and IT. In addition to his new responsibilities, Jim will retain his current
role and duties. Jim holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from
the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and an undergraduate degree in
Accounting from Carthage College.
Jim Stevens, Controller of HEXPOL Engineered Products
HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global
market positions in advanced polymer compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate
heat exchangers (Gasket), and plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor
wheel applications (Wheels). Customers are primarily system suppliers to the
global automotive and engineering industry, the construction sector, the
transportation, the energy, oil, and gas sector, the consumer sector, the cable
and wire industry, medical equipment manufacturers and manufacturers of plate
heat exchangers and forklifts. The Group is organized in two business areas,
HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. The HEXPOL Group’s sales in
2018 amounted to 13,770 MSEK. The HEXPOL Group has approximately 4,600
employees in fourteen countries. Further information is available at
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60 years of industry experience, we are the material handling industry's
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