Our organisation

Executive committee

President

Crotty Tom

Director

INEOS GROUP

Short CV
Tom Crotty is a Director of INEOS with responsibility for Corporate Affairs and Communications and the development of INEOS business in new territories. Following a 20 year career with ICI, he came into INEOS in January 2001 as CEO of INEOS Fluor. He subsequently became CEO of INEOS ChlorVinyls and then INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe.

Tom Crotty is currently Vice-President of Plastics Europe, Chairman of Cogent, the UK Sector Skills Council for the Process Industries and sits on the UK’s CBI Climate Change Board. He is married with three children and his interests include golf, rugby and music.

Vice-Presidents

Prof. Dr. Diercks Rainer

President Petrochemicals

BASF SE

Short CV
Rainer Diercks’ career with BASF started in 1986, when he joined BASF AG’s ammonia laboratory. He became head of formaldehyde technologies development in 1990, and moved through the ranks of the companies through the years. Mr. Diercks’ responsibilities and positions with the company have included being manager of the silver catalysts plant, as well as the formaldehyde plant; Assistant to Deputy Chairman of the BASF Board; Director, Economic Evaluation sub-department; Vice-President, then Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning department. He was subsequently appointed President, Inorganics Division in 2001, then President, Chemical Research & Engineering Division in 2004. Mr. Diercks assumes his current position as President Petrochemicals Division since 2010.

Rainer Diercks was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1956. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Hamburg and Berkeley.

Schuller Marc

Executive Vice President

ARKEMA FRANCE

Short CV

Treasurer

Bertschi Hans-Jörg

President & CEO

BERTSCHI

Short CV

Born in 1957, Hans-Jörg Bertschi studied Economics at the St. Gall University for Economy and Social Sciences. His doctorate dealt with the construction of the Transalpine Railway in Switzerland (1985).

He is married and father of 3 adult daughters.

Hans-Jörg Bertschi has subsequently started his career as a Business Logistics Manager (Europe) in Digital Equipment, Geneva. Since 1988 he is the President and CEO of Bertschi Holding AG, Dürrenäsch (Switzerland).

Additional functions are President of HUPAC SA, Chiasso (since 1995), Member of the Board of Cemat SpA, Rome (since 2001), and Member of the Board of SBB Cargo International AG, Olten (since 2010).

Hans-Jörg Bertschi is member of the EPCA Board and Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of ECTA (European Chemical Transport Association). Both EPCA and ECTA are Brussels based, international non-profit associations organized under Belgian law.

In Attendance

Demeestere Cathy

CEO

EPCA

Short CV

Ciuciu Caroline

Deputy Executive Officer

EPCA

Board Members

Baiget Ester

Business President of Industrial Solutions

DOW EUROPE GmbH

Short CV

Ester Baiget is business president for Dow Industrial Solutions. She is responsible for ensuring long-term growth and profitability as well as the strategic direction and global business performance of this industry-leading portfolio that provides products used as functional ingredients or processing aids in the manufacture of a diverse range of products.

With several years of varied international experience as a technical and commercial business leader, she has driven transformational change and enhanced profitability across a diverse range of businesses. She has a track record of achieving results that outpace average market growth and of defining strategy to optimize the commercialization of innovative new product families and generate new margin sales. At the same time she shares her passion for science and inspires colleagues and future generations of STEM engineers.

Baiget joined Dow in 1995 as an engineer in Tarragona, Spain, part of the team accountable for the start-up and commissioning Dow’s first metallocence asset in EMEA. Since then, she has held a variety of technical, commercial and strategic roles of increasing importance and responsibility. Some key accomplishments include: technical sales leader for Dow Fiber Solutions where she led the development of Dow’s Global Textile Technology Centre; global director of strategic development, working directly with Dow’s chairman and CEO and global business director for the EO/EG and Technology business. Most recently, she served as EMEAI commercial director for Dow Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications, with responsibility for profit and loss as well as the commercial organization, end-use marketing and customer relationships for the business portfolio across the region. She took on her current role in 2016.

In addition, Baiget serves as vice president of FEICA (Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry), represents Dow as a board member of EPCA (European Petrochemical Association) and is a STEM ambassador. Ester previously represented Dow on the board of MEGlobal, a joint venture between Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait and EPCA (European Petrochemical Association).

Based in Horgen, Switzerland, she holds a chemical engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Tarragona (Spain).

Doesburg Ronald

General Manager Base Chemicals Europe

SHELL CHEMICALS EUROPE B.V.

Short CV

Ronald Doesburg has worked with Shell in various roles in several Downstream businesses including, Lubricants, Supply & Distribution, and the Pernis Refinery.

In May 2011 Ronald joined Shell Chemicals as Product Manager Hydrocarbon Solvents EU/AF/ME, based in Rotterdam after which he moved to the Base Chemicals business in various roles where he is now the General Manager for Base Chemicals Europe.

Chelminski Piotr

Business Development Downstream, Power and Heat Generation Officer

POLSKI KONCERN NAFTOWY ORLEN

Short CV
 

Member of the Management Board; Business Development / Power and Heat Generation Officer

Mr Piotr Chelminski is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Agriculture. In 1996, he completed postgraduate course in management at the University of Management and Marketing in Warsaw (Partner of the University of Denver in USA). He studied at the Institute of Heat Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology in the field of gas energetics on specialization of Gas Turbines and Combined Gas Systems. During his professional career he has accumulated years of experience holding various positions on the management boards of Polish and other foreign-owned companies, including listed companies. In the years 1995 – 1996 he served as Vice-President for sales, marketing and export of Okocimskie Zaklady Piwowarskie S.A. (brewery). From 1996 to 1996 he worked for Eckes Granini GmbH & Co. KG (fruit beverages) as Regional Director for CEE region and as President of its subsidiary, Aronia S.A. During 1999 – 2001 he has been a Member of the Board of Directors, Browar Dojlidy Sp. z o.o. (brewery). From 2001 to 2002 he held the position of the Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Supervisory Board of Werner & Merz Polska Sp. z o.o. (manufactures products in cleaning, care and conservation). In the following years (2001 – 2006) he served as Member of the Board of Directors and as Member of the Supervisory Board – direct operational supervision of Sales and Marketing, Kamis-Przyprawy S.A. (leader in the Polish seasoning and species market). From 2006 to October 2009  he served as Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Gamet S.A. Torun, Poland (production of furniture accessories), and (2007 - 10/2009) as Member of the Board of Directors, Gamet Holdings S.A. Luxembourg.

From December 2009 to April 2013 he held the post of Chairman of Board of Directors and CEO at Unipetrol, a.s. 

On March 6th, 2012, he was appointed to the position of the Member of PKN ORLEN Management Board responsible for Petrochemical Operations, effective from March 10th, 2012. At the same time the Company’s Supervisory Board agreed for holding by Mr Piotr Chelminski a position in the Board of Directors of Unipetrol, a.s., PKN ORLEN’s subsidiary.
He was entrusted with the post of Member of Supervisory Board of Unipetrol on April 8th, 2013.
On March 6th 2014, Supervisory Board of PKN ORLEN S.A. reappointed Mr. Piotr Chełmiński to the position of Member of the Management Board, for the common three year term of office, starting May 16th, 2014, i.e. after the day of the Ordinary Shareholders Meeting that approved financial statement for 2013.

Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ANWIL S.A. and Vice-Chairman of Supervisory Board Basell Orlen Polyolefins Sp. z o. o.

Gammelin Johann-Caspar

Chairman of the Board of Management

EVONIK PERFORMANCE MATERIALS GmbH

Short CV

Education

  • 1983-1989  Studied economics at the Ruhr University Bochum
  • 1989           Diplom-Ökonom

Career

  • 1989-1995  Various Marketing & Sales functions, Hüls AG
  • 1996-2006  Internal Management Consulting, Hüls AG
                       Corporate function Fusion and Integration, Degussa AG
  • 2006-2012  Corporate functions Strategy, RAG
                       Head of Corporate Development, Evonik Industries AG
  • 2012-2014  Head of Site Services, Evonik Industries
  • 2015           AG Head of Management Segment Performance Materials, Evonik Industries AG

Hoekstra Eelco

Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO

ROYAL VOPAK

Short CV

Mascolo Leonardo

Base Petrochemical Director

REPSOL

Short CV

Leonardo Mascolo born in Foggia (Italy), is married and has an eight year old daughter.

He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Bologna University with a specialization in TLCs and Microelectronics and a post-grade Master in Telecommunications (1994, I.S.S.T., Rome) and one in Business Management (2001, LUISS Business School, Rome).

He joined Repsol Group in 1999 as Production Assistant at Repsol’s PMMA plant in Rome, Italy.

In early 2000, he took on the position of Production, Logistic & TI.

In June 2002 he was named General Manager of Repsol Polivar S.p.A., position that he maintained until 2008 when the PMMA business was sold to Arkema by Repsol.

In mid-2008 Mr. Mascolo moved to Repsol’s Headquarters (Madrid, Spain) as Product Manager for Olefins & Aromatics until the end of 2010.

Since January 2011 he is Repsol’s Base Petrochemicals Director.

Holton Daniel

Global Basic Chemicals Product Executive

EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL COMPANY

Short CV

Dan Holton is the Global Basic Chemicals Product Executive for ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Dan joined ExxonMobil in 2003 after completing his MBA at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  From 2003 to 2012, Dan held a variety of marketing, sales, financial planning, and manufacturing roles with ExxonMobil Chemical based in Houston, Texas.

From 2012 to 2014, Dan held operations and commercial roles in ExxonMobil’s Fuels & Lubricants business based in the Washington DC area.  Dan returned to Houston in 2015 as the Financial Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical.  He was named to his current position in September 2015.

Prior to business school, Dan earned bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and worked in management consulting.  Dan currently lives in Brussels with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.  He enjoys cycling, running, and coaching youth soccer and basketball. 

Nielsen Jens Holger

CEO

SAMSKIP

Short CV
Jens Holger Nielsen has worked for Samskip for the past 5 years. Prior to Samskip, he gained 20 years of container business and logistics experience from the A.P. Moller Maersk container business, predominantly Maersk Line.

He started as a management trainee at the A.P. Moller Maersk head office in Copenhagen in 1986. His last two positions within Maersk Line were as Managing Director for Maersk Line UK and Ireland. Both positions were based in London (2002-2006) and included responsibility for all associated activities. Before that he worked as Vice-President Business Development Europe for the A.P. Moller Maersk container business (2000-2002) at the head office in Copenhagen.

He has lived and worked in seven countries across USA, Africa and Europe, is fluent in English, German, French and Danish.

Jens holds a full time MBA from INSEAD, France.

Renglet Jean-françois

Vice-President Marketing Base Chemicals

TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS & REFINING

Roudeix Richard

Vice President Olefins & Aromatics Europe

BASELL SALES & MARKETING COMPANY BV

Short CV

Richard Roudeix is currently responsible for LyondellBasell’s Olefins business for the Europe region and the president of LyondellBasell companies in France. He has held roles in France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and the USA, with business experience in Europe, North America and Asia with LyondellBasell and predecessor companies Basell, Elenac, Montell and Shell.  A significant proportion of his career has been in the polymers business. Richard is a graduate of the Ecole des Mines engineering school and of a post-graduate program from French Petroleum Institute.Since 2012, Richard has been appointed Chairman of the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (now renamed Petrochemicals Europe)

Sievers Hans-Christian

Chairman of the Executive Board

HELM AG

Short CV

Hans-Christian Sievers
1985 - 1987: Helm AG Hamburg
1987 - 1994: Helm de México, Mexico City Product Manager Chemicals, Sales and Purchases
1994 - 2000: Managing Director of Helm de México
2001 - 2011: Member of the Executive Board of Helm AG, Hamburg responsible for Helm's foreign subsidiaries
As of 2012: Chairman of the Executive Board of Helm AG, Hamburg

Other activities:

- Ostasiatischer Verein, Hamburg Member of the Board

- Lateinamerikaverein, Hamburg Member of the Board

Soccol Stefano

Vice President Business Unit Intermediates

VERSALIS S.p.A

Short CV

Williams Mark

Vice President Europe

SABIC

Short CV

Mark L Williams is the Vice President of SABIC in Europe 

Mark Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 1989 and has a career spanning 26 years in the Petrochemicals and Polymers industry working across Europe, USA and the Middle East. 

The focus of his current role is creating a sustainable and competitive environment for the European Petrochemicals Industry and the development of talent to achieve this. 

Mark has extensive manufacturing experience and has previously been responsible for SABIC’s Manufacturing and Strategic planning in Europe focused on transforming the competitive performance in safety, reliability, productivity and cost to achieve best quartile performance. 

Mark has been responsible for the leadership of Petrochemical and Cracker complexes across Europe and in Texas. 

His achievements have included the safe and successful start-up of the World’s largest Low Density Polyethylene plant, Prestigious CIA (UK) Company of the year award for excellence in manufacturing and innovative low emission Cracker shut down and start-up techniques. 

Mark serves on the boards of the CIA, CEFIC and Plastics Europe and is a graduate of the London Business School General Management Development Program. He was previously on the board of the UK National Skills Academy for the Process Industry (NSAPI). He is married to Maureen and they have 2 teenage boys.

Ex-Officio

Diaz Manuel Oscar

Executive Director

APLA

Short CV
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Mensink Marco

Director General

CEFIC

Thompson Chet

President

AFPM

Short CV

Chet M. Thompson

President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Chet Thompson began his role as president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers AFPM) in May 2015. Thompson leads a staff that advocates for petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers before Congress and the Executive Branch on a broad range of public policy issues. AFPM, under his leadership, works to emphasize the importance of petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers and their positive impact on U.S. manufacturing, jobs growth, energy independence and national security.

Prior to joining AFPM, Thompson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell and Moring LLP, where he was chairman of the Environment & Natural Resources Group, one of the country’s premier environmental practices. His practice included counseling, litigation, and regulatory and legislative representation for a wide array of clients under major environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act; the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, the Resource Conservation Act; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, Liability and Recovery Act. While at Crowell Morning he represented AFPM as external counsel for nine years.

Thompson previously served as deputy general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he provided legal advice to the Agency’s administrator, general counsel and program offices. Before joining EPA in 2004, he spent 10 years at Collier Shannon Scott PLLC, where his work focused on the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Thompson has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. by Chambers & Partners, and was awarded a Certificate of Accommodation by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. Thompson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D. from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He and his family reside in Potomac, Maryland.

Chairperson

Devos Johan

Group Sales Director

BERTSCHI AG

Short CV
Johan Devos started his career as sales representative with Huktra NV at Zeebrugge, Belgium. He joined Bertschi AG in 1993 as sales representative for Northern Europe and the UK/Ireland. Currently Johan holds the position of Sales Manager Europe for the Bertschi Group. He is also a member of the Bertschi Management Steering team.

Johan holds a Batchelor degree as a translator German-English-Dutch as well as a Business Management Degree.

Members

Arroyo Martínez Fernando

Logistics and Customer Services Director

REPSOL

Short CV

I get my degree in Industrial Chemistry at the Science University Of Valladolid (Spain) in 1985 and after two years working in the waste water biological treatment sector I began my career in Repsol in 1988. In this company I started as technician of quality in our Polyolefins facilities at our Puertollano complex, before moving to our Technical Center in Madrid in 1990, working in the development of new Polyethylene products, mainly for the film and sheet sector .  In 1997, I completed my MBA at the IESE School of Madrid and in parallel I moved to the Business Line of Polypropylene. In this new department I worked as Product Manager in different applications (injection, automotive sector) until 2007 when I was promoted to the role of Business Director of PP where I worked until the beginning of this year. At present I lead the Logistics and Customer Services Department of our Chemical Division.

Ciuciu Caroline

Deputy Executive Officer

EPCA

Demeestere Cathy

CEO

EPCA

Short CV
Cathy holds a Masters in Law from the University of Ghent, with a specialization in European Law from the Europa Instituut Amsterdam. She also is an alumna of Harvard Business School (International Senior Executives Management Program) and MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (Strategic Supply Chain Management).

Cathy started her career with Petrofina (now TOTAL) as a company lawyer on Headquarter level active in international commercial, public and contract law as well as arbitration. She evolved into several senior management level jobs in Belgium and abroad, involving, amongst others, development strategy and mergers & acquisitions in the Paint sector; marketing and sales Petrochemicals in Europe and global trading Polymers; administration and development of Oil and Gas assets worldwide.

In September 1998 Cathy joined EPCA as Executive Officer-Secretary General. She contributed to the creation of ECTA (the European Chemical Transport Association) in 1999, that she managed as Secretary General from January 1999 to June 2010, facilitating numerous joint CEFIC-EPCA-ECTA working groups for the development of best practices in European chemical supply chains and ECTA becoming the Responsible Care partner of CEFIC in European Land Logistics.

She is a judge in the commercial court of Brussels.

Dries Michael

Vice President, Global Logistics Procurement, GR/L

BASF SE

Short CV

Michael Dries’ career with BASF started in 1990, when he joined BASF AG’s Logistics Procurement Department. In 1996 he became Head of Logistics at Shanghai BASF Colorants and Auxiliaries, Shanghai, P.R. China, followed by an assignment as Head of Logistics and Technical Procurement at BASF Company Ltd., Seoul, Rep. of Korea. After one year at BASF AG, Ludwigshafen he was in 2002 appointed Director, Logistics, BASF YPC Company Ltd., Nanjing, P.R. China. He was subsequently appointed in 2006 Vice President, General Services at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen and led as of 2010 the senior project Opal 21 / Logistics. Mr. Dries assumes his current position as Vice President, Global Logistics Procurement since 2015.
Michael Dries was born in Eltville, Germany, in 1961. He studied economics and business administration at the Universities of Mainz and Cologne.

Elwine Anthony

Global Head of Chemicals

DAMCO EUROPE

Gooch Paul

President

THE LOGICAL GROUP

Short CV
Paul Gooch is a global Supply Chain expert with more than 30 years’ experience in Supply Chain, Logistics, International Trade, Customer Service, Work Process Reengineering, and M&A Project Management in the oil and chemical industry.

He is the Founder and Managing Director of The Logical Group, a Supply Chain practice providing consultancy services and interim management to the chemical and logistics industries.

Prior to creating The Logical Group, Paul Gooch was a career executive with The Dow Chemical Company for more than 25 years. He held regional leadership roles in the United Kingdom and Benelux, and subsequently became European Logistics Director with responsibility for a USD 500m spend, Logistics Work Process owner and Global Director for Dow’s international trade and marine container activities. He was also European Customer Service leader, and Global Leader for Dow’s Shared Services Implementation Center.

Paul Gooch has been a member of the Global Advisory Board of Fritz Companies, the EPCA Supply Chain Program Committee and the Cefic Logistics Committee. He has been Chairman of the Board of CDI and a member of Gerson Lehrman Group. He is a regular speaker on logistics at industry conferences in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Hermand Jean-Christophe

Logistics Manager – Base Chemicals

TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS & REFINING

Short CV
Jean-Christophe Hermand has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Brussels. After holding several manufacturing positions in polymers and specialty Chemicals in Europe and the US, he joined Total Petrochemicals in 2005 as worldwide transport Safety Manager. In mid 2010 he took over the responsibilities of Logistic Manager for Base Chemicals and Styrene for Europe and Asia. Following the creation of the new Total Refining Chemicals branch, he is now responsible for the Base Chemicals Logistics activities in Europe.

Marshall Peter

Director-Supply Chain Operations, Europe, Mid-East, Africa

DOW EUROPE

Short CV
Peter Marshall is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has worked for the Dow Chemical Company since September 1983. Since April 2012 he is the Director of Supply Chain Operations for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and is based in Horgen Switzerland.

His previous experience includes positions in Process Research, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at various sites across Germany, UK and the Netherlands. More recently he was based at the Corporate HQ in Midland, Michigan and was responsible for global supply chain improvement initiatives and the development of a Service Business unit. Peter is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Mahmud Ismail

Global Chemicals Director

ROYAL VOPAK

Short CV

Ismail Mahmud

Global Chemicals Director, Royal Vopak of the Netherlands

Ismail has been with Vopak for 17 years and is currently Global Director for Vopak’s chemicals business with offices in HQ located in Rotterdam. Prior to this role (since the last 4 years), Ismail was located in Singapore for 10 years where he held the positions of Commercial Director Asia and Managing Director Singapore. Prior to Vopak, Ismail worked for Engro Chemical (previously an ExxonMobil Affiliate) for a period of 8 years.

Currently, Ismail is responsible for sales, marketing and commercial activities in Vopak for all chemical related storage activities. Currently about 50 of the 76 terminals owned and operated by Vopak worldwide are for chemical businesses. His experience in logistics and tank storage services spans over multiple regions with specific focus on Industrial Terminaling, where he leads one of Vopak’s core strategies in this service market segment.

He is a Mechanical Engineer from Lehigh University, USA and an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University, USA.

Meersmans Patrick

Director Supply Chain Polymers, Europe

SABIC

Short CV

Professional experience

SABIC

06-2014 – current                             Director Supply Chain Polymers, Europe

09-2013 – 06-2014                            Sr. Manager Supply Chain Sourcing & Contracting

09-2011 – 12-2013                            Integration Manager SABIC Port Logstics Facility, Jubail KSA

02-2010 – 09-2013                            Manager Supply Chain Improvements

01-2009 – 02-2010                            Project Manager 1SABIC

06-2005 – 01-2009                            Supply & Inventory Manager

Philips Semiconductors

12-2004 – 06-2005                            Business Analyst

Quintiq

04-2002 – 12-2004                            Business Consultant

Education

PhD in Operations Research        Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc in Econometrics                      Maastricht University

Building on Talent                            IMD Business School

Preston Liz

VP Europe

AGILITY

Short CV

Liz holds an HND Business Studies from Crewe & Alsager College and was awarded ICI industrial student sponsorship.

She started her career in ICI and followed Phil Browitt to join Agility as Strategic Procurement Manager in 2000. She has occupied several senior positions within the company over the years.

She currently holds the position of Vice President Europe.

Robert Nicolas

Managing Director Bulk Europe

XPO LOGISTICS

Short CV

Born in 1972, Nicolas studied Innovation in Biology at the "Institut des sciences & Techniques de l'ingénieur d'Angers" (ISTIA) and is a graduate from the Strasbourg university (DESS gestion industrielle).

He joined Groupe SAMAT - a european transport company specialized in hazardous goods in 1998 as Commercial key accounts manager, became Site Manager in 2003 and COO for France in 2007.

On 1 décember 2014, Nicolas was appointed Managing Director of the XPO (previously Norbert Dentressangle) European Bulk Bussiness Unit.

Saint-Romain Jean-Louis

Vice President Logistics

ARKEMA

Short CV

Graduated from ENSCP  / PhD in Chemical Engineering / Post Doc in MIT
R&D Group Leader / Company ORKEM / Bitumens and Carbon precursors
R&D Center Director / Company CECA then  Ato Findley /  Adhesives, Phenolic resins and Dispersion Polymers
Supervision of  Ato Findley Affiliates in Spain and Italy  / Adhesives
General Manager  Bostik France / Adhesives
Global Purchasing Director Bostik Group /  Adhesives
Appointed July 1st  2015 as VP logistic of Arkema / Specialty Chemicals

Schäfer Hans

Managing Director Global Markets / Global Sales

HAPAG-LLOYD AG

Short CV

Hans Schäfer joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1994. After completing a trainee program, the Hamburg native worked in the Sales department of Hapag-Lloyd in Milan, Italy from 1997 to 1998. He then acquired a Master Degree in Business Administration. From 2000 to 2003, he was employed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers before returning to Hapag-Lloyd in Global Account Development. From 2005 until 2008, Hans Schäfer served as Director of Sales in Vietnam and then in Trade Management Far East in Singapore until 2010. From 2010, he was responsible for Region Europe as Senior Director Sales and Customer Service. Hans Schäfer was appointed Managing Director Global Markets/Global Sales in July 2014.

Verstraeten Dirk

Director Global Logistics Procurement

COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG

Short CV
  • 2010 – today –  Bayer AG Leverkusen, Procurment, Global storage, bulk shipping and plant logistics.
  • 2006 – 2010  –  Bayer AG Leverkusen, Procurement Global Plant Logistics.
  • 1989 – 2006  –  Bayer Antwerp NV – different operational & site logistics management functions.
  • 1988 – 1989  –  Steinweg NV Antwerp – shipping clerc.
  • 1985 – 1986  –  Lloyd insurance  NV – insurance clerc.

Ex-Officio

Verlinden Jos

Director Transport & Logistics

CEFIC

Short CV
Jos Verlinden qualified as a chemical engineer at the Leuven University (Belgium) in 1977 and obtained a PhD in 1982.

In 1982 he started to work for the Belgian Association of Chemical Industries with responsibility for transport safety and occupational safety & hygiene.

In 1989 he joined ICI, a large chemical multinational, as logistics manager of ICI Belgium and later of ICI Europe. In 1993 he was appointed as the ICI corporate transport safety advisor responsible for regulatory compliance, emergency response, safety auditing and safety training for ICI’s logistics operations.

In May 2000 he started to work for Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) as SQAS (Safety and Quality Assessment Systems) Manager. In 2002 he became Cefic Director Transport & Logistics. His main interests include European Transport Policy, Sustainable Logistics, Best Practices in Logistics, SQAS and Responsible Care.

Chairperson

Bleukx Wouter

Business Unit Manager Organic Chlorine Derivatives

INOVYN Trade Services SA

Short CV
Wouter Bleukx is a chemistry and biochemistry engineer with a PhD in applied biological sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) Belgium. He followed in addition several management and business administration courses and is currently European Customer Service Manager for INEOS ChlorVinyls since August 2011. Before that, Wouter was the Technical, Sales and Marketing Manager within the Business Unit Chemicals of Tessenderlo Group.

In Attendance

Ciuciu Caroline

Deputy Executive Officer

EPCA

Debuyst Nathalie

Communication & Education Manager

EPCA

Members

Barański Stanislaw

Senior Expert in Public Affairs Office

PKN ORLEN S.A.

Short CV

Before starting his career with PKN Orlen in January 2015, Stanislaw Barański has occupied several positions as Advisor in the public domain,  with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland and the Ministry of the Interior of Poland.

For the European Commission, Stanislaw Barański performed several observatory missions of parliamentary and presidential elections in several countries.

He holds a Master degree in Sociology and History both from the University of Warsaw and has completed a PhD course on International Relations at the University of Warsaw.

Bhanvra Harbinder

Senior Business Manager Olefins & Gases

SABIC

Cleghorn Simon

Commercial Manager – Pygas & Benzene (EU)

SHELL CHEMICALS

Short CV
Simon Cleghorn is responsible for all the commercial arrangements surrounding the Shell Chemicals business in the field of aromatics feed and benzene (and other secondary C6+ products).  Responsibilities in this area include short-/ mid-/ long-term supply and sales contracts, risk management, and commercial input into strategic projects.  Simon joined Shell in 2000, and since then has held a number of positions within Shell.  Some of these include Strategy Consulting; Energy Trading Analyst; Energy Strategy Manager; Energy Procurement Manager.  A business graduate of a British University and a French École Supérieure de Commerce, prior to joining Shell, Simon worked for 4 years as the the Brussels-based political assistant to a former Member of the European Parliament.

Demeestere Cathy

CEO

EPCA

Short CV
Cathy holds a Masters in Law from the University of Ghent, with a specialization in European Law from the Europa Instituut Amsterdam. She also is an alumna of Harvard Business School (International Senior Executives Management Program) and MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (Strategic Supply Chain Management).

Cathy started her career with Petrofina (now TOTAL) as a company lawyer on Headquarter level active in international commercial, public and contract law as well as arbitration. She evolved into several senior management level jobs in Belgium and abroad, involving, amongst others, development strategy and mergers & acquisitions in the Paint sector; marketing and sales Petrochemicals in Europe and global trading Polymers; administration and development of Oil and Gas assets worldwide.

In September 1998 Cathy joined EPCA as Executive Officer-Secretary General. She contributed to the creation of ECTA (the European Chemical Transport Association) in 1999, that she managed as Secretary General from January 1999 to June 2010, facilitating numerous joint CEFIC-EPCA-ECTA working groups for the development of best practices in European chemical supply chains and ECTA becoming the Responsible Care partner of CEFIC in European Land Logistics.

She is a judge in the commercial court of Brussels.

Dr. Feldmann Oliver

Director Business Management C4 & Heavy Cracker Products

BASF SE

Girmann Christoph

National Operations Manager Germany & Netherlands

AGILITY LOGISTICS

Short CV

Christoph´s career in Logistics started in 2005 when he joined GeoLogistics, today known as Agility

Logistics Solutions BV. Since then he has developed into his current role as National Operations Manager, Germany & Netherlands. 

In his current role he focuses on operational excellence by making sure working instructions are up to date and lead internal audit processes. Furthermore, he leads carrier and customer reviews with a high focus on key performance indicators (KPI). As the market demands efficiency, especially on OTIF – On Time in Full – he leads a project team looking for smart logistic solutions to improve the supply chains of customers whilst also focusing on reducing the environmental footprint. Christoph also leads a project in Germany and the Netherlands to reduce paper use and improve productivity while smartly implementing computer systems and aligning internal KPI measurements. This has already allowed the company to spread work over boundaries to ensure a high level of service is maintained, even during high order levels. 

In his first few years with Agility Christoph worked for multiple divisions within the company such as Airfreight / Sea freight / Overland / Fairs & Events and within the project department. Beside these responsibilities he also completed a Bachelor of Business Administration, graduating in June 2014 with the title of State Certified Business Economist.

Koch Michael

Head of QSHE & Training

BERTSCHI

Short CV
Michael Koch started his career with Bertschi in 2006 where he currently holds the position of Head of QSHE & Training. Since 2009 Michael has been a participant in several Cefic, EPCA and / or ECTA working groups. Michael has had a commercial education, did his English language study in London and completed a QMS Auditor training.

Montenegro-Garcia Ana

Technical Service & Development Polyolefins Manager

REPSOL

Short CV
Having joined Repsol in 1998, Ana Montenegro currently holds the position of Technical Service and Development Manager at the Polyolefins Business Unit.
Ana previously worked as Product Manager in several Polyolefins applications (pipes, cable, adhesives, auto,…) and as Polypropylene Technician at the Technology Repsol Center.
Ana holds a Masters in Science and Technology of Polymers and Rubbers from the Superior Center for Scientific Research and a Master in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Executive also in Madrid.
She also completed an R&D Strategic Management training at INSEAD, France.

Ruban Xavier

Commercial Manager Ethylène

TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS & REFINING

Short CV
Xavier Ruban is Commercial Engineer from Catholic University of Louvain.
He joined TOTAL in 2001 where he has held different positions within Refining: Controlling, Valorization and Supply-Trading.
He recently joined TOTAL Petrochemicals’ division where he is now Commercial Manager C2.

Schmitz Joerg

Supply Chain Director Hydrocarbons, EMEA

DOW BENELUX BV

Short CV
Joerg joined Dow in 1999 as a manufacturing engineer in Stade, Germany.
After the acquisition of Wolff Walsrode AG in 2007, he was appointed as supply chain integration leader for Dow Wolff Cellulosics.
In 2010 he moved to Supply Chain Operations to lead the Road, Rail and Storage Logistics group.
In 2013 he was appointed as Business Supply Chain Director for Hydrocarbons EMEA. Currently Joerg is based in Terneuzen, The Netherlands.
Joerg holds a degree in Technical Chemistry from Fachhochschule Hamburg, Germany.

Smeets Maarten

Sales & Marketing Manager

ROYAL VOPAK

Short CV

Maarten Smeets joined Vopak in 2008 after working for thee years in a consultancy role in the oil and energy sector. Started at Vopak in the Netherlands chemicals team, looking after the chemical business in the Port of Rotterdam. Currently working as sales and marketing manager at the corporate head office looking after chemicals and gasses. 

Thomas-Martin Kristin

Global Basic Chemicals Planning Advisor

EXXONMOBIL PETROLEUM & CHEMICAL EUROPE

Short CV

2000-2004  -  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA  -  B.S. in Chemical Engineering

2004  -  Operations Assignment Program – Dow Chemical Company - Freeport, TX, USA

2006  -  Coproducts & Oxy Fluids Contact Engineer – ExxonMobil Chemical  -  Baton Rouge, LA, USA

2008  -  Oxy Fluids Production Coordinator -  Baton Rouge, LA, USA

2009  -  Olefins and Light Ends Coordination Section Supervisor -  Baton Rouge, LA, USA

2010  -  USGC NGL Supply Planner – EM Gas & Power Marketing -  Houston, TX, USA

2012  -   Metals Mechanical Section Supervisor – ExxonMobil Chemical -  Baytown, TX, USA

2013  -  Process Section Supervisor -  Baytown, TX, USA

2015  -  Americas Manufacturing Planning Manager -  Houston, TX, USA

2016  -  Global Basic Chemicals Planning Advisor -  Brussels, Belgium

Chairperson

Brunelle Nathalie

General Secretary

TOTAL SE

Short CV

Nathalie Brunelle, Senior Vice President Strategy, Development & Research of Total’s Refining & Chemicals Division. 

Ms. Brunelle is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school in Paris and of a joint post graduate program between the French Petroleum institute (IFP) and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. 

After the mergers between Total, Fina and Elf, Ms. Brunelle transferred to Belgium, where she held different positions in Business Development and Marketing & Sales for Base Chemicals. From 2006 to 2008, she was Operations Manager at Fina Antwerp Olefins, a joint venture between Total Petrochemicals and ExxonMobil in Antwerp. 

In 2009, she was named Vice President; Strategic Planning at Total Petrochemicals and in 2010 became Vice President, Base Chemicals Marketing & Sales. 

Mrs. Brunelle was appointed to her current position on January 1, 2012 and transferred to Paris headquarters. 

Mrs. Brunelle has been non-executive Director of CEPSA and Rosier SA (Fertilizers).

Members

Arns Dorothee

Executive Director

Petrochemicals Europe

Short CV

Dorothee Arns, a German national, completed her university studies in Saarbruecken (Germany), Dublin (Ireland) and Granada (Spain) with two Master degrees: one in Applied Languages & Linguistics and the other one in Business Administration with special focus on Marketing, International Management and private law. Her professional career in the chemical industry started in 1995 when she joined the marketing & sales trainee programme of BASF in Ludwigshafen. In the course of the years she held senior management positions in various areas of BASF´s chemicals business, notably in marketing, sales, eBusiness and controlling.

On 1 July 2013 she was appointed Executive Director of Cefic’s Petrochemicals and Plastic Additives Programme as well as of Petrochemicals Europe, the Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe, formerly APPE. In a first assignment to Cefic from 2006 to 2011 she headed the solvents’ cluster as Director General of ESIG, the European Solvents Industry Group.

Demeestere Cathy

CEO

EPCA

Short CV

Cathy holds a Masters in Law from the University of Ghent, with a specialization in European Law from the Europa Instituut Amsterdam. She also is an alumna of Harvard Business School (International Senior Executives Management Program) and MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (Strategic Supply Chain Management).

Cathy started her career with Petrofina (now TOTAL) as a company lawyer on Headquarter level active in international commercial, public and contract law as well as arbitration. She evolved into several senior management level jobs in Belgium and abroad, involving, amongst others, development strategy and mergers & acquisitions in the Paint sector; marketing and sales Petrochemicals in Europe and global trading Polymers; administration and development of Oil and Gas assets worldwide.

In September 1998 Cathy joined EPCA as Executive Officer-Secretary General. She contributed to the creation of ECTA (the European Chemical Transport Association) in 1999, that she managed as Secretary General from January 1999 to June 2010, facilitating numerous joint CEFIC-EPCA-ECTA working groups for the development of best practices in European chemical supply chains and ECTA becoming the Responsible Care partner of CEFIC in European Land Logistics.

She is a judge in the commercial court of Brussels

Ciuciu Caroline

Deputy Executive Officer

EPCA

Fyffe Gina

Director

INTEGRA

Short CV

Having graduated in science from the University of Edinburgh, Gina’s career in petrochemicals spans the last 35+ years.

After a short period in biomedical research, she spent 10 years at Exxon Chemical in marketing, steam cracker operations, and shipping both in the UK and the Brussels international HQ.

During her time at Exxon she was a founding member of WISTA (Women In Shipping and Trading Association), with 5 industry friends. WISTA has since grown into a global organisation offering training, support and networking opportunities to women in the industry.

The last 26+ years have been spent working in international trading, having founded the trading and logistics company, Integra in 1989.

In addition to her Integra trading company and main board positions, Gina sits on the board committees of the SCIC (Singapore) and GPCA (Mid East), BTS Tankers Singapore, a charitable medical foundation in Europe, and is president of the board of governors of the German European School, Singapore.

Gina is a regular speaker at conferences on shipping, logistics and petrochemicals for the main consulting companies.

In Asia as part of her commitment to social welfare, training and education she talks and works with companies to develop strategies for social impact investing both at local start-up and government body levels.

On a personal level, Gina is married with 2 school aged children and is currently studying for her diploma in fashion jewellery design and manufacturing at JDMIS in Singapore. In her spare time she is busy co- writing a book on Scottish social history in conjunction with the Scottish and Celtic history dept. of the University of Edinburgh.

Iturriaga Abarzua Anne-Gret

Head of Communications

INEOS KOELN GmbH

Short CV

Born 16 June 1964 in Klagenfurt, Austria

Married, two children

Living in Pulheim, Germany

Academic background

University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business Communications and Publicity, Anthropology, Philosophy, Slavic Studies, Advertising, Public Relations

Work experience

Freelance journalist and author for Austrian and German media, broadcasters and PR/media agencies (e.g. ORF, GGK)

Lecturer for German as a foreign language

Casting and promotion for film directors and agencies

Employment

From 1995 PR Consultant in Vienna based agency Partners in Public Relations, with customers such as Plastics Europe, ECVM, API, Kooperationsabkommen Forst-Platte-Papier etc.

From 1997 Manager for Communications and QSHE for EVC (European Vinyls Corporation), later INEOS ChlorVinyls in Wilhelmshaven/Germany; API Board Member

Since 2008 Head of Communications for INEOS in Köln with 2,000 employees and 200 apprentices/dual students and INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe with 3,700 employees; responsible for internal and external communications; community relations, lobbying, emergency response, CSR (GO Run For Fun, The Daily Mile) etc.

Professional associations/membership

IPRA Germany Chair, IPRA Golden World Award, TuWaS!

Community Board, EACV, DPRG, BDP, VCI Deutschland, VCI North Rhine-Westphalia, Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland, Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce’ Diversity Workshop, Common Purpose Rhineland, University lecturer, NLP practitioner

Awards

International Corporate Media Award of Excellence, 2013

City of Cologne’s “Diversity wins!” Award, 2012

Hobbies

Sports, travelling, arts, Austrian cuisine

Johnson Kate

General Manager

SHELL CHEMICALS EUROPE

Short CV

Kate joined Shell in the UK in 1986 after completing a chemistry degree. Her career in Shell has been largely in Chemicals - in commercial roles in 4 different product lines as well as in projects. Outside of Chemicals, she has enjoyed stints in crude oil Trading, Group Finance, procurement and our bitumen/sulphur business. Currently she is the global manager for the propylene oxide and derivatives business.

She also represents the Downstram Businesses in the Shell Netherlands Executive Committee for the Shell woman's network.

Phillips Loraine

Logistics & Distribution Manager, EMEAF

EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL EUROPE

Short CV

Loraine is currently Executive Logistics and Distribution Manager for the Chemical division of Exxon Mobil in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Her organization is responsible for the efficient operation of the network chain while driving improvements to meet service needs to enable the execution of the business strategies. The span is broad, from raw material sourcing and production planning, managing imports and exports flows around the world through to delivery of finished product to the end customer. She is leading a global program to bring upgraded IT platform functionality to the logistics and distribution network. Her team is also responsible for infrastructure improvements that support the integrated supply chain aspects of multibillion $ capital growth projects. Her passion is the relentless pursuit of excellence in Safety, Health and Environmental performance. 

Loraine graduated in Chemistry at the University of Loughborough, UK, in 1987 and joined ExxonMobil Chemical in the commercial organization in Southampton, England.  She held a variety of positions in sales, manufacturing, quality, logistics, procurement and market development before joining the technology organization in 1993, based in Machelen, Belgium.  This was followed by roles in product management, marketing and financial reporting across a number of chemical businesses.  

In 2003 she relocated to Houston, USA, to take up a global business planning position, followed by supply and then manufacturing, including a focus on energy efficiency.  In 2010, Loraine returned to Belgium in the Intermediates business before taking up her current position in January 2013.   

For many years she has engaged in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, both within the corporation and in more public settings. She sees this as a key enabler to drive innovation and operational improvements in the business and more broadly in industry. 

Loraine lives in Brussels and is married with 2 children.    

Rojas Maria Pilar

Corporate Culture Manager

REPSOL, SA

Sigamoney Rovani

Assistant Programme Specialist UNESCO Engineering Initiative SC/UEI

UNESCO

Smits Niels

Production Leader LHC

DOW BENELUX BV

Walldorf Jutta

Head of Diversity & Inclusion

BASF SE

Watson Claire

Head of Talent Management Europe

SABIC

Short CV

Claire joined Sabic in 2006. She has occupied several positions in the HR department and is currently Head of the Talent Management for Europe. Prior to her career in Sabic, Claire held HR positions for Boots the Chemist, Steel River of Sage.

Demeestere Cathy

CEO

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 60

admin@epca.eu

Ciuciu Caroline

Deputy Executive Officer

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 60

admin@epca.eu

Prevoo Nathalie

Deputy General Manager

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 63

nathalie.prevoo@epca.eu

Conway Eleanor

Membership & Meetings Administrator, IMPCA Coordinator

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 72

eleanor.conway@epca.eu

Debuyst Nathalie

Communication & Education Manager

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 66

nathalie.debuyst@epca.eu

Jurquet Bruno

Accountant

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 69

bruno.jurquet@epca.eu

Mockbil Omar

Community and Communication Officer

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 64

omar.mockbil@epca.eu

Piret Frédérique

Management Assistant

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 71

frederique.piret@epca.eu

Villegas del Val Roberto

IT & Database Manager

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 70

roberto.villegas@epca.eu