MeadWestvaco names new president for Specialty Chemicals
March 1, 2007 - MeadWestvaco Corp. said that Dr. Robert Beckler has been named president of the company's Specialty Chemicals division, effective immediately. Dr. Beckler previously served as the division's vice president, Operations, and he replaces Dr. Ben Ward, who has accepted a new position as managing director in China.
Dr. Beckler joined MeadWestvaco in 1987 as a research chemical engineer. In 1991, he was promoted to senior research chemical engineer, and in 1994, he worked in Covington, Virginia, where he assumed a variety of roles in product development, production management and business management for the automotive carbon business. In 2004, Dr. Beckler was named vice president of Operations for Specialty Chemicals.
Dr. Beckler holds a B.S. in chemistry from Duke University, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.