– UK, Rushden – RPC Group Plc the international plastic products design and engineering company, announces the appointment of Heike van de Kerkhof to the Board of Directors of the Company as an independent non-executive Director with effect from 24 November 2015.

Heike, a German national, is Managing Director of the European business of Chemours Titanium Technologies based in Geneva, Switzerland a subsidiary of Chemours Inc formed from a demerger of the DuPont Performance Chemicals businesses and floated on the New York Stock Exchange in July 2015.

Heike graduated with a degree in Mechanical Textile Engineering from the University of Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1988 and has an MBA from the European University, Geneva, Switzerland. Her career with DuPont began in 1989 through to 2015 when Chemours was established. During this time she held various positions including strategic sales and marketing management positions in the automotive and telecommunications markets for DuPont’s Safety and Protection business and subsequently in the Cosmetics and Personal Care business. She led the creation of the DuPont Packaging Solutions consultancy venture focused on developing more environmentally sustainable packaging designs and innovation for major global brands. From 2008 to 2012 Heike was Managing Director of DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers, Europe, a diverse business in food, cosmetics and personal care packaging, industrial polymers and glass laminates. Since 2012 she has been Managing Director of DuPont (now Chemours) Titanium Technologies, Europe a business serving the coatings, master batches and laminates markets successfully leading the development and implementation of a strategy for growth, technical development and productivity.

Commenting on the appointments, Jamie Pike, Chairman of RPC Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Heike to the Board. Her engineering background and experience in strategic and business development together with her knowledge of packaging and polymer industries and in the food, cosmetics, personal care and automotive markets will be of great benefit to RPC.”

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