Covestro LLC has named Aleta Richards to succeed Christine Bryant as head of commercial operations for its North American Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) business, effective February 1, 2018. Richards’ appointment Bryant being named the new head of Polyurethanes in North America, effective the same date. Having started her career at Covestro (then part of Bayer) in 1990, Richards has held various leadership positions throughout the company, including time spent in the North American CAS group, where she led global key account sales and strategic marketing for four years. She also served as head of the Bayer US HR organization, which provided HR administrative services for roughly 14,000 Bayer employees.  Currently, she serves as head of regional product management for the North American Polycarbonates business. “I’m looking forward to taking on a greater leadership role and rejoining my friends and colleagues in CAS,” said Richards. “This is an exciting time to be at Covestro, where the increased focus on innovation and sustainability is taking our global business in a bold, new direction. I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead a team that is at the forefront of this movement regionally.” While her business responsibilities will change, Richards plans to continue in her leadership capacity as executive sponsor of the Covestro ACCESS employee resource group, an internal network for African American employees. She also co-hosts a book chat for female colleagues. A Pittsburgh native, Richards received both her bachelor’s degree and MBA in marketing and international business from the University of Pittsburgh.