Davies No Longer with CPFilms

May 4th, 2009 by Editor

Representatives for Solutia Inc. confirm that Kent Davies, executive vice president and president of CPFilms, is no longer working for the St. Louis-based company. May 1, 2009 marked Davies last day after a three-plus year tenure. He is replaced by Ray Kollar who previously served as vice president, Commercial Services for Solutia’s Flexsys® unit and will now serve as president and general manager of CPFilms.

“[Kollar] is a sharp guy and I know he will do well in that business,” says Dan Jenkins, director of media relations for Solutia Inc.

Further details pertaining to why Davies is no longer with the company have not been provided. Less than two weeks prior to his final day as head of CPFilms, Davies participated in an exclusive interview with Window Film in which, ironically, he discussed the painful necessity for change.

“You know, it’s painful to make changes and particularly changes like that,” Davies said, referring to the company’s recent layoffs. “But when you know it’s necessary, you know it’s in the best interest of the business, you know it’s in the best long-term interests of those hundreds of employees that remain there and other hundreds that exist around the world, then you do it. And you don’t do it with relish, but you do it with conviction, knowing it’s the right thing to do.”

Davies indicated that he had implemented positive changes for the company during his tenure. “I believe, when I came into the business just over three years ago, there was a little bit of an internal focus and a lack of a fresh and up-to-date perspective on the market place that wasn’t as healthy as I’d have liked,” he explained on April 14, 2009. “In recent times, we have placed a greater emphasis on the market place and our customers. I know that we have always tried to do this and I’m sure for many years have done a good job at it … I think our customers will have to tell us if we’ve succeeded yet, or not … we’re going to keep doing that, and we’re going to keep doing that no matter what’s going on in the economy.”

Prior to joining Solutia, Kollar worked for Intel Corporation, where he served in various sales and marketing roles for more than 20 years, including the position of director, Marketing Strategy and Market Development for the company’s $8 billion Business Computing unit. Prior to Intel, he spent eleven years in engineering and engineering management positions with McGraw Edison and later McDonnell Douglas.

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