BRUSSELS: Silicone manufacturer Dow Corning, the company at the
centre of US legal battles over silicone gel used in breast implants,
has appointed its first dedicated communications director for
Jan Botz has been promoted from within the company to look after
European communications. The task was previously handled by Alain
Joachim who was communications and human resources director. Joachim
remains with the company as human resources director.
Splitting the two functions will allow Dow Corning Europe to place a
greater emphasis on communicating with customers. Botz was previously
marketing communications manager for the Americas at Dow Corning.
Dow Corning stopped producing implants in 1992 following thousands of
claims by women. It now produces over 8,000 products made from silicone
including automotive goods and additives used in shampoos and