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Schwinn Named President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts Business

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) appointed Laura Schwinn as President of its Specialty Catalysts business. The $700 million Specialty Catalysts operating segment includes the company’s market-leading polyolefin catalysts business and its UNIPOL® Polypropylene Process Technology licensing franchise. Previously, Schwinn was Chief Executive Officer of C&C Reservoirs, the global leader in comprehensive intelligence on the world’s most significant oil and gas fields.

Laura Schwinn, President, Specialty Catalysts, W. R. Grace & Co.
Laura Schwinn has been named President of Specialty Catalysts, W. R. Grace & Co.’s polyolefin catalysts and polypropylene process technology licensing business.


“Our specialty catalysts business has a strong strategic position, a clear direction, and very attractive growth opportunities,” said Hudson La Force, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Laura brings a track record of success, a strong growth orientation, and the right leadership approach to ensure we fully achieve the long-term potential for this business.”

Over more than 25 years, Schwinn has led operations, strategic marketing, product development, joint venture partnerships, and M&A activity for multi-billion-dollar enterprises. She has held senior executive roles including President, Oil and Gas Field Services, at Clean Harbors Environmental Services, and others during 12 years with Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. At Halliburton, Schwinn was the first woman to hold the position of global vice president of a product line, serving as Vice President, Drill Bits and Services operating in 60 countries with more than 3,000 employees. She previously held international business development roles with Schlumberger Corporation.

Schwinn earned her Bachelor of Commerce Degree in International Business and Finance from the University of Victoria, Canada. She has served on boards in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, and China.

Over the last decade, Grace has become the global leader in polyolefin catalysts, with a broad portfolio of catalysts for the production of polypropylene and polyethylene thermoplastic resins used in a wide array of industrial and consumer end-use applications from high-pressure pipe and auto parts to medical devices and textiles. Grace’s UNIPOL® Polypropylene Process Technology is the #1 independent PP process technology licensing business, providing one of the most versatile and economically advantaged technologies in the industry.

About Grace

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. With approximately 3,900 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 60 countries. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.

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Source: W. R. Grace & Co.