No Longer with CPFilms
May 5, 2009
by Drew Vass
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
"[Kollar] is a sharp guy and I know he will do well in that
business," says Dan Jenkins, director of media relations for
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.
Drew Vass is the editor of Window Film magazine, a USGNN.com/USGlass
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