Kuraray America, Inc., a leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, has named Hitoshi Toyoura as president and CEO.  
Toyoura joins Kuraray America from the company’s Osaka, Japan office, where he served as a director and senior executive officer of Kuraray Co., Ltd. During his 35-year tenure with the company, he has worked for the fiber sector and has held numerous leadership positions. 
An experienced international business leader, Toyoura spent more than 20 years of his early career in the business of paper and non-woven fabrics, followed by four years in filament, spinning yarn and fiber reinforcement. Toyoura assumed the role of president after the retirement of George Avdey, who served as the company’s president for five years of his 18-year tenure.
“Together with a dedicated team, I look forward to continuing the momentum of Kuraray America’s growth within the specialty chemical industry,” Toyoura says. “I’m confident my history with the company will bring a unique perspective to the KAI team, while we continue our commitment to safety, our customer’s needs, and our community.” 
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