Foster & Associates Taps CEO for Aurora Plastics

February 23, 2017 – Executive search firm Foster & Associates has placed Darrell K. Hughes as chief executive officer of Aurora Plastics Inc. Robert Foster, the firm’s president, led the assignment.

Mr. Hughes replaces Jim Domo who left the company at the end of last year. He previously served as vice president and general manager of the pressure sensitive materials business at Avery Dennison North American. Prior to that, he worked at GE Plastics, where he held successive positions as general manager of global business development, general manager of the RTV and elastomers business, and president and general manager for specialty film and sheet.

“Aurora has a strong track record of organic growth based on excellent product technology, quality and customer service, “said Mr. Domo. “With the company’s recent change in ownership to Wind Point Partners / Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and now the addition of Darrell, Aurora can build on its strengths and add additional focus on growth.” Wind Point Partners acquired Aurora Plastics last August.

“It was extremely gratifying to work with Wind Point to, in essence, put the band back together at Aurora Plastics and recruit Darrell Hughes as the new lead member,” said Mr. Foster.


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Headquartered in Streetsboro, OH, Aurora Plastics employs commercial and technical experts who have years of extensive polymer industry experience. The company is focused on PVC and related blends, and has the two newest ISO 9001:2008 facilities in the industry – offering more than 500 million pounds of blending capacity.

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Foster & Associates is a boutique executive search firm with a concentration on industrial and financial services clients. Its industrial expertise includes: capital goods; chemicals; metal products; packaging; distribution; automotive; aerospace / defense; utilities; and business information services. Its financial services coverage includes: commercial banking; consumer banking; federal farm credit bank; government agencies; private banking; investment banking; insurance; and asset management.

The firm has a wide variety of clients, including Toyota; Alcan Packaging; American Standard; ATK; BASF; Cargill; Dun & Bradstreet; Entergy; Honeywell; Huttig Building Products; Ingersoll-Rand; ITT; Mitsubishi; Mitsui; Monsanto; Aetna; Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi; Citibank; Chubb; Comerica; Comptroller Of The Currency;  GE Commercial Finance; JPMorgan Chase; Ocean First; Southwest Bancorp; Standard Chartered Bank; and T. Rowe Price, among others.

Mr. Foster has more than 20 years of executive search experience. His clients have included Fortune 500 and foreign-headquartered multinationals, as well as private equity and venture-backed companies, start-ups and turnarounds across a broad range of industries, including industrial, financial services, business services, and consumer products.

Mr. Foster also placed Mike Fitzpatrick as chairman and CEO of Citadel Plastics Holdings, a private equity investment for his client, Wind Point Partners.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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