Leadership moves

Changes at Elantas, Cerahelix and Grainger

It’s a new year, a new decade, and new bosses at some of the industry’s most successful companies.

At Elantas, Dr. Susan Graham is retiring after 15 years at the company and will be succeeded as President and CEO by Ravindra Kumar. Per the official news release:

Dr. Graham has worked successfully for EPDG for more than 16 years.
Under her leadership, both the business contribution as well as the site
infrastructure of EPDG have made significant progress. We are appreciative
of her valuable work and excellent contribution as President and CEO of

Ravindra Kumar served ELANTAS business in India as Managing Director
since 2014. Prior to joining ELANTAS division, Ravindra Kumar worked in
various leadership roles at Asian Paints, Huntsman and BASF. (A photo of Ravidra Kumar is not available)

Cerahelix has hired WIlliam Paulus as Chief Operating Officer. Per the company’s news release:

Bill joins Cerahelix with over 29 years’ experience in manufacturing and global operations. He will be responsible for leading all operational, developmental and manufacturing functions of Cerahelix while bringing the company’s flagship product through scaled manufacturing.

Paulus’s proven record of team building, leadership, and change management is an ideal fit for the fast growth of Cerahelix’s innovative ceramic filter business. His history promoting operational excellence and guiding technical innovations with continuous improvement will solidify Cerahelix’s position in the membrane filtration market.

And David Rawlinson, who has been president of the online business at Grainger Industrial Supply is leaving to head up a new  spinoff.  As reported by Andy Braithwaite for OPI.net :

Rawlinson will be CEO of Nielsen Global Connect, a new public company being created by global data giant Nielsen for which the Grainger exec is already a board member….”We are working through our succession plan and expect to make an announcement shortly,’ said Grainger CEO DG Macpherson who, in the meantime, will be the direct report for the leaders of the Zoro and MonotaRO units.”

In Broadcasting and Cable magazine, Jon Lafayette reports that Rawlinson “will have a base salary of $900,000 for 2020 and it will increase to $1 million effective Jan. 1, 2021. He can also receive incentive pay of $1.25 million in 2020 and $1.5 million in 2021. There are also long-term incentives and a make-who payment covering incentives foregone at Grainger worth $595,000.”

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