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Effective March 1, 2015, Mr. Mark Kawamura has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Zoltek Companies, Inc. based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Kawamura, previously President and Chief Operating Officer, succeeds Mr. Zsolt Rumy, who founded the company in 1975 and entered the carbon fiber business in 1988. During his tenure, Mr. Rumy pioneered the development of a low-cost, commercial grade carbon fiber product, securing Zoltek’s position as the largest supplier of industrial grade carbon fiber in the world.In his new role, Mr. Kawamura will oversee all operations of Zoltek Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries, while Mr. Rumy will maintain his position as a member of the Board of Directors. “Mr. Rumy’s leadership and vision have been invaluable to the success of Zoltek,” asserts Mr. Kawamura. “His support ensured a smooth transition process which can be seen in all aspects of the business, and we look forward to his continued support as a Zoltek Board Member.”About Zoltek: Zoltek Companies, Inc., a global leader in industrial-grade carbon fiber, develops low-cost carbon fiber and carbon fiber application solutions used in wind turbines blades, automotive parts, thermoplastic compounding, compressed natural gas (CNG), offshore drilling, infrastructure, marine, and various other commercial products. In 2014, Zoltek joined the Toray Group – a relationship that has advanced the company’s technology, improved its relationships, and positioned it for further growth and development. More information:www.zoltek.com