People briefs -- HPC, November 2009

Hirings, promotions and other composites industry employment news.

Park Electrochemical Corp. (Melville, N.Y.) has appointed Katherine “Kory” O. Abbitt as VP of sales and marketing – Americas. She will be responsible for all of Park’s product lines in the Americas. Previously, the global sales manager/carbon fibers at Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, Conn.), Abbitt logged prior sales/marketing experience at Hexcel, A&P Technology Inc., Cytec Engineered Materials and GE Aircraft Engines. Anthony W. DiGaudio, Park’s VP of sales and marketing, will assume the newly created position of VP of sales and marketing – Asia and Europe. DiGaudio joined Park in 2002 as product director … Gougeon Brothers Inc. (Bay City, Mich.) has appointed Alan R. Gurski as company president. Gurski has a BS from Michigan State University and worked 10 years in commercial construction before joining Gougeon in 2007. Gurski replaces retiring president Robert H. Monroe ... Gibson Fiberglass (Irwindale, Calif.) appointed Doug Still as national accounts sales manager. Previously with Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill.) for 12 years, he holds a BS in industrial technology from Missouri State University.