VWR International, LLC Hires Eddy Wu to Lead Asia-Pacific Region
WEST CHESTER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 2008--VWR
International, LLC, a leading global laboratory supply company,
announced that it has hired Eddy Wu to lead its Asia-Pacific region.
The addition of Wu to the senior leadership team of VWR is a
significant, strategic investment that signifies the Company's
commitment to growing in the region and thereby strengthening its
Wu is the Senior Vice President & President, Asia-Pacific,
responsible for leadership and management of VWR's existing business
in India, China and Singapore, as well as its Global Sourcing and
Services organizations operating in the region.
"We have been aggressively searching for an individual with the
kind of initiative and expertise necessary to enable VWR's growth in
the Asia-Pacific region," noted John M. Ballbach, Chairman, President
and CEO of VWR.
VWR is following its global customers to the Asia-Pacific region
and throughout the world, as laboratory research continues to expand
globally. As a result, the Company is uniquely positioned to service
its customers anywhere in the world.
Wu and his team will be responsible for transitioning business
previously handled by VWR's export operations to an in-country
distribution model. As part of this transition, he will lead the
construction and start-up of the recently announced regional warehouse
situated in Singapore.
In addition, Wu will manage all acquisition activities in the
region as VWR expands its Asia-Pacific infrastructure and enters new
markets. Finally, he will coordinate the activities of global and
local suppliers to meet the requirements of VWR's global customers in
Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world. "Eddy brings exceptional
leadership experience and a refreshing entrepreneurial spirit that
will enable us to exceed our goals in this promising region of the
world," added Ballbach.
Wu most recently was the President & CEO for Momentive Performance
Materials, Asia-Pacific, located in Tokyo. Prior to the acquisition of
Momentive by a private equity firm, he was the President & CEO of the
company otherwise known as GE Toshiba Silicone. During Wu's 18 years
with GE, he held various general management, sales and marketing roles
in North America and Asia. Wu has a BS in Chemistry from the
University of Hong Kong and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology.
About VWR International, LLC
VWR International is a leading global laboratory supply company
with worldwide sales of $3.5 billion U.S.. VWR International's
business is highly diversified across products and services,
geographic regions and customer segments. The company offers products
from a wide range of manufacturers to a large number of customers
primarily in North America, Europe and Asia. VWR International's
principal customers are major pharmaceutical, biotechnology,
industrial and government organizations as well as universities and
schools. VWR International distributes a diversified product mix,
including chemicals, glassware and plasticware, equipment and
instruments, furniture, protective apparel, production and safety
products, and other life science and laboratory products and supplies.
VWR International supports its customers by providing storeroom
management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration,
technical services, and laboratory bench top delivery. VWR
International maintains operations in over 20 countries and employs
over 6,500 people worldwide. VWR International is headquartered in
West Chester, Pennsylvania.
For more information on VWR International, phone 1-800-932-5000,
visit www.vwr.com, or write, VWR International, 1310 Goshen Parkway,
P.O. Box 2656, West Chester, PA 19380-0906.
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