European distributor of speciality chemicals Azelis has appointed Blair Illingworth as president and director of European operations. Illingworth has held a number of roles as CEO in both manufacturing and distribution businesses mostly in the building materials sector, the last of which was as CEO of a subsidiary of AngloAmerican Plc (Tarmac Building Product Ltd). In his new position, Illingworth will lead the company's European operations and will focus on accelerating strategic and business improvement plans.
In related news, Azelis was appointed distributor earlier this year by leading hydrocolloid producer CP Kelco C&I Division, to service the personal care, pharmaceutical and selected industrial sectors in Russia. Also, Azelis was named distributor for Merck cosmetic raw materials in Northern Europe.