Kronotex USA has appointed Zeb Portanova to the positions of president and CEO, effective Feb. 1.

“Zeb is a proven leader with deep operations, technology and business experience,” said Max Von Tippelskirch, member of the Swiss Krono Group board. Kronotex is a subsidiary of Swiss Krono. “He is well known for his collaborative style of leadership with partners, customers and employees. We are looking forward to the energy and creativity he will bring to the U.S. operation.”

Portanova succeeds Norman Voss, who has served as Kronotex interim CEO since March 2014. Voss will remain with the company as a member of the board, and continue to be actively involved in future expansion, investment and raw material sourcing activities for Kronotex, according to the company.

Prior to joining Kronotex, Portanova held a variety of leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Co., and other nonprofit and for-profit companies.

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