Nordson Corporation has promoted Ken Forden to be general manager of the extrusion and coating die business within the company's polymer processing product line.
Mr. Forden will have worldwide responsibility for the EDI, Verbruggen, and Premier product brands. Andrei Stapinoiu, previously the global director of this business, has been promoted to the position of managing director, Europe/Middle East/Africa, for the Nordson EFD division.
"Ken's experience leading a global business and his knowledge of the polymers industry will bring a new thrust to Nordson’s global expansion of its die business," said John J. Keane, senior vice president. "Our goal is to make the most innovative extrusion and coating die technologies locally accessible and supported for processors and converters throughout the world."
Prior to taking on this new role, Ken Forden served as vice president and general manager of Nordson EFD, a leading supplier of precision fluid dispensing systems. He entered the polymer industry in 1987 as a business development manager with Borg Warner Chemicals. Following the acquisition of Borg Warner Chemicals by General Electric in 1988, he spent 19 years in management positions with GE Plastics. Subsequently he worked for six years with Johns-Manville before joining Nordson EFD in 2012.
Mr. Forden holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BSc degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.