- Board of directors
- Supply Chain Program Committee
- Young EPCA Think Tank
- Talent & Diversity Inclusion Council
- CEO & EPCA staff
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.
Prof. Dr. Diercks Rainer
Rainer Diercks was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1956. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Hamburg and Berkeley.
Executive Vice President
Marc Schuller was born in 1960, and is a graduate from ESSEC - École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales-, in Paris.
He joined Orkem in 1985 as Acrylics Product Manager. In 1990, he joined the Strategy division of Total, and in 1992, he became Vice-President of the Structural Resins department at Cray Valley.
In 1995, he was appointed Commercial Director Petrochemicals/Special Fluids at Total, and later Vice-President, Base Petrochemicals at TotalFina.
In 2000, he was appointed Vice-President of Atofina’s Butadiene/Aromatics business unit, and Special Project Manager for the President.
In 2003, he became Vice-President of the Thiochemicals and Fine Chemicals business unit.
Marc Schuller is now Arkema Executive Vice-President - Industrial Chemicals business segment, also overseeing Raw Material/Energy Procurement.
President & CEO
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.
Business President of Industrial Solutions
DOW EUROPE GmbH
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).
General Manager Base Chemicals Europe
SHELL CHEMICALS EUROPE B.V.
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.
Business Development Downstream, Power and Heat Generation Officer
POLSKI KONCERN NAFTOWY ORLEN
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.
Chairman of the Board of Management
EVONIK PERFORMANCE MATERIALS GmbH
- 1983-1989 Studied economics at the Ruhr University Bochum
- 1989 Diplom-Ökonom
- 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
Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO
Eelco Hoekstra joined the Executive Board of Royal Vopak in Rotterdam in 2010. He was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO as per the 1st of January 2011. He has almost twenty years of experience in the international tank storage industry.
After joining Vopak in 2003, Mr Hoekstra took up the position of Managing Director of Vopak Horizon Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. In 2005, he relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he assumed the position of President of Vopak Latin America. In 2008, he was appointed Division President of Vopak Asia in Singapore.
Mr Hoekstra holds a Master’s in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is a member of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC); a member of the Advisory Boards of the Rotterdam School of Management; a member of the Board of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA); and a Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Base Petrochemical Director
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.
Global Basic Chemicals Product Executive
EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL COMPANY
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
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.
Vice-President Marketing Base Chemicals
TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS & REFINING
Vice President Olefins & Aromatics Europe
BASELL SALES & MARKETING COMPANY BV
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)
Chairman of the Executive Board
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
- Ostasiatischer Verein, Hamburg Member of the Board
- Lateinamerikaverein, Hamburg Member of the Board
Vice President Business Unit Intermediates
Stefano Soccol is graduated in chemical engineering and has been working for more than 20 years in the chemical and petrochemical industry.
In the last part of his working experience Stefano Soccol has managed the company international development through strategic alliances, acquisition of technological and industrial assets and new joint Ventures on global scale.
During the years he has built a solid experience in managing complex projects and as commercial director in engineering and contracting companies .
He has been for more than three years in Versalis Vice President for the Business Development and Licensing and has recently been appointed as director of the business unit for Olefins, Intermediates and Aromatics.
Vice President Europe
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.
Diaz Manuel Oscar
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.
Group Sales Director
Johan holds a Batchelor degree as a translator German-English-Dutch as well as a Business Management Degree.
Arroyo Martínez Fernando
Logistics and Customer Services Director
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.
Vice President, Global Logistics Procurement, GR/L
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.
Global Head of Chemicals
Logistics Manager – Base Chemicals
TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS & REFINING
Director-Supply Chain Operations, Europe, Mid-East, Africa
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.
Global Chemicals Director
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.
Director Supply Chain Polymers, Europe
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
12-2004 – 06-2005 Business Analyst
04-2002 – 12-2004 Business Consultant
PhD in Operations Research Erasmus University Rotterdam
MSc in Econometrics Maastricht University
Building on Talent IMD Business School
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.
Vice President Logistics
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
Managing Director Global Markets / Global Sales
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.
Director Global Logistics Procurement
COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
- 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.
Director Transport & Logistics
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.
THE EUROPEAN CHEMICAL TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION
Peter Devos is Managing Director at ECTA, the European Chemical Transport Association.
In 1988, he graduated as AgroEngineer from the University of Louvain, Belgium and holds a second master in Industrial and Business Management.
After a Supply Chain career of more than 25 years at Monsanto in different leading supply chain functions and disciplines across Europe, Peter started up his own independent company in 2016. As independent Supply Chain Practitioner, he is now focusing to further improve the Chemical logistics processes and this together with all stakeholders across the Chemical Supply Chain.
Business Unit Manager Organic Chlorine Derivatives
INOVYN Trade Services SA
Communication & Education Manager
Senior Expert in Public Affairs Office
PKN ORLEN S.A.
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.
Senior Business Manager Olefins & Gases
Commercial Manager – Pygas & Benzene (EU)
Dr. Feldmann Oliver
Director Business Management C4 & Heavy Cracker Products
National Operations Manager Germany & Netherlands
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.
Head of QSHE & Training
Technical Service & Development Polyolefins Manager
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.
Commercial Manager Ethylène
TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS & REFINING
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.
Supply Chain Director Hydrocarbons, EMEA
DOW BENELUX BV
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.
Sales & Marketing Manager
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.
Global Basic Chemicals Planning Advisor
EXXONMOBIL PETROLEUM & CHEMICAL EUROPE
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
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).
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.
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
Born 16 June 1964 in Klagenfurt, Austria
Married, two children
Living in Pulheim, Germany
University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business Communications and Publicity, Anthropology, Philosophy, Slavic Studies, Advertising, Public Relations
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
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.
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
International Corporate Media Award of Excellence, 2013
City of Cologne’s “Diversity wins!” Award, 2012
Sports, travelling, arts, Austrian cuisine
SHELL CHEMICALS EUROPE
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.
Logistics & Distribution Manager, EMEAF
EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL EUROPE
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
Head of People Success and Production Director Hydrocarbons
DOW BENELUX BV
Niels Smits is Production Director for all Terneuzen based Hydrocarbons assets. His organization is responsible for safely and reliably delivering hydrocarbon monomers to downstream customers at a competitive advantage.
He is also leading the site’s People Success Leadership Team to have the site recognized as the preferred site for people to achieve sustainable community, business, functional and personal success.
Smits joined Dow in 2000 as an engineer in Delfzijl, Netherlands in the MDI facility. Since then, he has held a variety of Manufacturing and Environmental Health and Safety roles in Terneuzen, Netherlands and Freeport, Texas. He took on his current role in 2015.
Based in Terneuzen, Netherlands, he holds a chemical engineering degree and Technical Management Certificate from the University of Eindhoven (Netherlands). Niels is married and has two daughters.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Head of Talent Management Europe
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.
Membership & Meetings Administrator, IMPCA Coordinator
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