Rogers Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has elected a new President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce D. Hoechner, effective October 3, 2011, at which time he will also become a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Hoechner, 51, will succeed Robert D. Wachob, 64, who will become Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Hoechner has many years of broad leadership experience across numerous geographies, businesses and functions in the specialty chemicals industry with particularly strong international business expertise. For the past five years, Hoechner was based in Shanghai, China, first with Rohm and Haas Co., for whom he worked for 28 years, and then moving to Dow Chemical upon its acquisition of Rohm and Haas in 2009. While in Shanghai, Hoechner was responsible for a variety of businesses, most recently as President, Asia Pacific Region, Dow Advanced Materials Division with regional revenues of more than $2 B. Hoechner has also led a number of specialty chemical global business units, which had wide-ranging operations in Europe, North America, Latin America, as well as Asia.

“I am very pleased to be joining Rogers, a company that clearly has done an excellent job of positioning itself for success in the fast growing megatrends markets related to the Internet, Mass Transit and Clean Technology," Hoechner said. "I look forward to working with the Rogers team to build on this solid foundation and to continue to grow the company.”