WATERBURY, Conn., Feb. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MacDermid, Incorporated ("MacDermid"), a subsidiary of Platform Specialty Products Corporation ("Platform"), announced today the promotion of Scot Benson to the role of President of MacDermid, effective February 20, 2015. In his new capacity, Mr. Benson will have global responsibility for all MacDermid's operations consisting of Performance Materials and Graphic Solutions, including the Offshore Solutions and Autotype businesses. Mr. Benson will report to Wayne Hewett, newly-appointed President of Platform.
Mr. Benson has had a distinguished 16-year tenure, most recently as Group President of Advance Surface Finishing (ASF) and Printing Solutions. Mr. Benson has extensive experience in ASF and printing, including roles in general and regional management at MacDermid since joining in 1999. Mr. Benson assumes the responsibility from Daniel H. Leever who led MacDermid for 25 years; he will be only the seventh President of MacDermid in more than 90 years.
Wayne Hewett, Platform's new President, said, "This move is the natural evolution of the corporate structure of Platform. As members of the Office of the Chairman of Platform, Dan, Martin E. Franklin and I look forward to working with Mr. Benson in his new role taking advantage of his extensive experience."
Daniel H. Leever, Platform's Chief Executive Officer, added, "I am very pleased to recognize Scot's accomplishments by this promotion and I know he will be an outstanding steward of the philosophy and drive performance at MacDermid to an even higher level. His promotion is a testament to our high-performing culture and our deeply-held belief in promoting from within. Additionally, Scot's new role further enhances our overall management infrastructure, which is critical to the ongoing execution of Platform's build-up strategy."
Today, MacDermid also announced the retirement of Mark Hollinger. Mr. Hollinger has successfully led MacDermid's Offshore Solutions and Autotype businesses and his contributions to the growth of MacDermid are appreciated. Steve Racca will assume the responsibilities for the Offshore Solutions and Autotype businesses and report to Michael Siegmund.
MacDermid, Incorporated, a Platform Specialty Products Corporation company, is a leading global producer of high technology, specialty chemical products and a provider of technical services. For more than 90 years, MacDermid has manufactured dynamic chemistries, through the blending of raw materials in complex, innovative multi-step technological processes. Additional information on MacDermid and its products and services is available at www.macdermid.com.
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