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Clariant appoints global head of mining solutions business

12:49 AM MDT | April 1, 2015 | Deepti Ramesh

Clariant says that it has appointed John Gordon as the global head of the company’s mining solutions business, effective 1 April. Gordon brings more than 15 years of industry experience to his new role at Clariant. He will be located at Clariant's oil...


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