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Valspar names new technology officer

Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp. has announced the appointment of Cynthia Arnold, Ph.D. as SVP and chief technology officer.

Dr. Arnold will report to William Mansfield, chairman and CEO. In this new role Arnold will lead Valspar’s global technology activities.

Previously, Arnold served as chief technology officer for Sun Chemical. Prior to that, she served as VP technology, coatings, adhesives and specialties for Eastman Chemical and in R&D and business leadership positions with GE, most recently as president of Exatec, a joint venture of Bayer Polymers and GE Plastics. Prior to GE, she was a Sloan Executive Science and Engineering Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House, Washington, D.C.

Arnold succeeds Larry Brandenburger, Ph.D., VP research and development, who will retire from Valspar in January 2011 after 31 years of service. 

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