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Sydney, Australia, 29 March 2010

DuPont Australia MD announces retirement after 31 year career

DuPont Australia Managing Director, Hutch Ranck, today announced his retirement after 31 years with the company.


Ranck’s retirement will take effect on 31 May.


During his career, Ranck established the foundation of strategy and organisation of the titanium dioxide business in Asia Pacific, where the business has contributed to sustained growth for two decades.


Since 2004, he has achieved 10 percent compounded growth in the ASEAN region through a targeted business development process and the appointment of a dynamic regional team of leaders.

Ranck has also contributed to Australian business. He is on the Board of the Business Council of Australia, he is Chair of the BCA Working Group on Innovation and Education and represents the BCA on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council – PMSEIC. Hutch is currently a Director of Elders Limited and The Australian Bush Heritage.


Ranck will be succeeded by DuPont South Asia Human Resources Director, Graeme Longe.


Hutch Ranck biography


In a global career spanning multiple countries, business units and functions, Ranck started with DuPont Australia in 1979 in the finance department. Following several business leadership roles in Australia, he moved to DuPont global headquarters in 1985 as Product Manager in the Chemicals and Pigments business. He later relocated to Hong Kong as regional director of the titanium dioxide business.

Hutch returned to Australia in 1993 as Director of the DuPont Polymer businesses in Australia. Four years later he assumed responsibility for Ag Products and in 1999 became Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.


In 2004, he added the position of Group Managing Director, ASEAN, to make up the position he holds today.


Graeme Longe biography


Graeme Longe is a Mining Engineer with more than 30 years experience at DuPont working in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He has previously held leadership positions in the company’s Australian operations as well as a range of business leadership roles in explosives, industrial fibres, chemicals and medical businesses. More recently he has provided Human Resources leadership for DuPont growing organizations in South Asia and continues to lead regional project efforts to streamline the company’s Human Resources services delivery across Asia Pacific.