Larry Zhang has been appointed the new senior vice president for Elkem’s Silicones division. He has stepped into the role with immediate effect and is based in Shanghai, China.

Zhang most recently served as vice president for Operations in Elkem’s Silicones division and director of the Asia-Pacific region. He has significant leadership experience from China National Bluestar and holds an engineering degree from Central South University.

According to Elkem, its Silicones division has more than 4,400 employees, 14 multi-functional manufacturing sites, and 13 research and innovation centers around the globe. Offering a full range of silicone solutions for diverse specialty markets, the division delivered revenues of NOK 17.4 billion (approximately $1.8 billion) in 2021.

“Elkem is one of the world’s leading suppliers of silicon-based advanced material solutions shaping a better and more sustainable future, and we are proud to be a global leader in fully-integrated silicone manufacturing,” said Helge Aasen, Elkem CEO. “Elkem pursues a strategy of growth through operational excellence and increased specialisation, and this will continue in the Silicones division under Larry’s strong leadership. Silicones will also continue to develop and grow both in China and the rest of the world, supported by megatrends such as the green transition and the rise of middle class worldwide.

“I know Larry as a committed business leader and I very much look forward to having him as a member of Elkem’s corporate management team. With this change, our corporate management represents five nationalities from three continents, further reflecting Elkem’s diverse global organization.”

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