Newpark Appoints Paul Howes CEO

Newpark Resources' board has named Paul L. Howes as the company's CEO and a member of the board. Howes succeeds James D. Cole, who will devote his full energies to the development of new water treatment technology as chairman and CEO of Newpark Environmental Water Solutions.

"We are pleased that Paul Howes has taken the helm at Newpark," said David Hunt, chairman of Newpark's board. "Paul has demonstrated the ability to build a company in his prior executive roles, and we are confident that the ongoing diversification and new product initiatives currently under way within Newpark will be successfully continued under his leadership."

Howes is a 1980 graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in engineering. His career has included experience in the defense industry, chemicals and plastics manufacturing, and the packaging industry. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Astaris, a primary chemicals company headquartered in St. Louis.