Industry Veteran Appointed Senior Vice President of Houghton and President of Global Metals


Houghton International Inc., a global leader in metalworking fluids and services, announced the appointment of Marcello Boldrini as senior vice president of Houghton International and president of Global Metals. In this newly created position, he will assume the global leadership of Houghton specialty product lines for the major metal industries, including steel and aluminum. He will report directly to Mike Shannon, Houghton chief operating officer.

Boldrini brings decades of experience in the global chemical industry to Houghton where he will be responsible for leading all global commercial activities to drive growth in the company’s metals businesses. He will be a member of the company’s executive committee and will join the boards of Houghton Japan and Korea Houghton.

“Marcello brings valuable leadership and industry experience to Houghton,” said CEO Paul DeVivo. “We are realigning our businesses to better serve our global customers, and I am confident that Marcello will lead our metals organization to expand Houghton’s market leadership.”

Boldrini joins Houghton from Momentive, a $7-billion global specialty chemical company where he held the position of executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He was previously the senior vice president and general manager for Momentive’s global Phenolic Resins business. Prior to Momentive, Boldrini held several leadership roles at Ashland Inc., including managing director of Europe, based in Milan, Italy, and managing director of Asia, based in Singapore, for the electronic chemical division. He then held the roles of vice president of M&A and business development for Ashland, vice president and general manager for the global Specialty Polymers and Adhesive Division, and vice president of global product management, marketing and business development for the Performance Materials Group. Early in his career, he held commercial and business leadership roles in Europe at Quaker Chemical and Unichema. Boldrini holds an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Milano and an M.B.A. from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.  

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