DuPont taps Rhenman as c.e.o. at Solae

by Eric Schroeder
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WILMINGTON, DEL. — E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. on Wednesday named Torkel Rhenman chief executive officer of The Solae Co., one of several leadership changes announced by the company as part of an effort to strengthen its leading biotechnology position.

Mr. Rhenman, 44, joined DuPont in 1986 in sales and marketing at DuPont Scandinavia. Subsequently he worked in sales, marketing, manufacturing and management positions in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and the United States.

In June 2001, Mr. Rhenman transferred from Europe to the United States and assumed the role of global business director for Nordel and added the responsibility for the Engage business in 2004. In 2005, he became the global technology and strategic planning director for DuPont Performance Elastomers. Most recently he has been global business director of DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers since 2006.

Mr. Rhenman received a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, Sweden.

Mr. Rhenman takes over the c.e.o. post from Craig F. Binetti, who had held the position on an interim basis since last August. Mr. Binetti, 55, is president of DuPont Nutrition & Health and chairman of Solae. Mr. Binetti joined DuPont in 1977, and his career includes a wide variety of professional and managerial positions covering research, manufacturing, finance, sales, and business positions.

DuPont also announced Thomas M. Connelly Jr. has been named executive vice-president responsible for integration of biotechnology across the company’s business segments. Mr. Connelly, 55, also has responsibility for the DuPont Electronic & Communication Technologies platform, DuPont Applied BioSciences and the DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition platform. He joined DuPont in 1977, as research engineer at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington. He later held a number of technical leadership roles, including laboratory director in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and led a number of major DuPont businesses, including Delrin and Kevlar.

He was named senior vice-president and chief science and technology officer in September 2001, and was appointed to his current position in June 2006.

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