Our organisation

Executive committee


Schuller Marc

Executive Vice-President


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Baiget Ester

Business President of Industrial Solutions


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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.

Baiget represents Dow as Vice-President of EPCA (The 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

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

Williams Mark

Vice-President Europe


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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.


Bertschi Hans-Jörg



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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.

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Ciuciu Caroline



Board Members

Doesburg Ronald

General Manager Base Chemicals Europe


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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.

Gammelin Johann-Caspar

Chairman of the Board of Management of EVONIK Performance Materials GmbH, Member of the EVONIK Management Board performance Materials


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  • 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

Hoekstra Eelco

Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO


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Mascolo Leonardo

BU Director, Base Petrochemicals


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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


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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. 

McNally John

Chief Executive Officer


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John McNally was born in the UK but was raised and educated in the USA. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1982 and a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1987.  

He has worked in the petrochemical industry for 27 years, first for BP and then INEOS, in a variety of Technical, Operational and Commercial Management roles in 5 countries. 

His most recent previous role was as Chief Operating Officer for INEOS Bio based in Florida, USA. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer for INEOS Olefins and Polymers, UK in August 2014. In the past four years, he has overseen over £500m of investment in the Grangemouth petrochemicals complex.

John is married and has two sons in university.  He currently resides with his wife in London near the INEOS UK Headquarters, but splits his time between the London and Grangemouth offices.

Michels Hartwig

President Petrochemicals


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Hartwig Michels was born in 1963. He studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


President, Petrochemicals, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany


President, Region Europe & MEA, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen


President, Procurement, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen


Group Vice President, Regional Business Unit, Diols & Polyalcohols Europe, BASF Aktiengesellschaft (since January 14, 2008 BASF SE), Ludwigshafen


Group Vice President, Regional Business Management, Eastern Europe, Africa, West Asia, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen


Group Vice President, Global Business Unit, Performance Chemicals for Leather, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen


Director, Global Marketing Leather Chemicals, BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen


Director, Controlling Textile and Leather, Dyes and Chemicals, BASF Aktiengesellschaft in Ludwigshafen and Singapore


Joined Finance division of BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen

Nielsen Jens Holger



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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


Roudeix Richard

Senior Vice-President, Olefins & Polyolefins Europe, Asia and International


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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


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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


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Szostek Paweł

Executive Director of Petrochemical Sales Intermediates


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Mr. Paweł Szostek is a graduate of University of Gdansk.

He has completed postgraduate studies of European Law and Integration at the Technical University of Gdansk and he has also gained a title of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Since 2005 he holds various positions at PKN ORLEN S.A. with last three positions of Director of Sales Controlling Department at PKN ORLEN S.A., CFO of ORLEN OIL and Director of Key Account Wholesale Services at PKN ORLEN S.A.

Since 1st of June 2018 he holds the position of Executive Director of Petrochemical Sales. He also serves as Member of the Board of ORLEN KolTrans (Poland), Paramo (Czech Republic) and Ventus Nafta (Lithuania).


Díaz Manuel Oscar

Executive Director


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Mensink Marco

Director General


Thompson Chet

President & CEO


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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.


Devos Johan

Group Sales Director


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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 Director Europe for the Bertschi Group. He is also a member of the Bertschi Management Steering team. 

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


Bessant Guy Alexander



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Guy Bessant was appointed President, Stolthaven Terminals, a division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, in March 2015. Prior to relocating to the Netherlands, he had more than fifteen years of experience in the chemical and transportation industries within the Asia Pacific and Middle East region having held senior management positions in Sasol, Covestro and Stolt-Nielsen.

He holds a BA in Modern Chinese Studies with Management from the University of Leeds (U.K.), a postgraduate diploma in International Commercial Law from Northumbria University (U.K.), and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (U.K.).

Bortolotti Harald

Sales Director and Associated Member of the Board


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Born: 1957 in Hall in Tirol, Austria

Harald Bortolotti joined LKW WALTER International in 1978 upon completing his education at the Innsbruck Commercial College.

Having started in UK operations he successively took on the role of Sales Manager for Italy, Spain and Germany.

He was then Director of Human Resources in Kufstein, before becoming Sales Director and Associated Member of the Board - positions he currently holds.

He has decades of experience as Key Account Manager for major players in the Petrochemical Industry. As Treasurer and Vice President of the European Freight Leaders & Logistics Forum, he is actively involved in working groups across industries and EU projects.

Arroyo Martínez Fernando

Logistics and Customer Services Director


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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



Dries Michael

Vice President, Global Logistics Procurement, G-FP/L


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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


Goswell Simon

Director Supply Chain EAI


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Simon Goswell is the Supply Chain Director for LyondellBasell’s  European, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific Polymers and Chemical Supply Chain operations.   He has worked for LyondellBasell and its predecessor companies for the last 28 years in a variety of sales and business management roles and prior to his current role was the Sales Director for Europe, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific for their Intermediates and Derivatives business.

Mahmud Ismail

Global Chemicals Director


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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.

Hermand Jean-Christophe

Logistics Manager – Base Chemicals


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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


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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.

Meersmans Patrick

Director Supply Chain Polymers, Europe


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Professional experience


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


04-2002 – 12-2004                            Business Consultant


PhD in Operations Research        Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc in Econometrics                      Maastricht University

Building on Talent                            IMD Business School

Masullo Carmine

VP Supply Chain


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Carmine Masullo, 58, is Vice President of the Supply Chain Unit at Versalis, the premier petrochemical company in Italy and a subsidiary of the global Oil & Gas company, Eni.

In his 30-year experience, Carmine has held key positions across the board in the business, ranging from Sales&Marketing to Supply management within multinational enterprises, private firms and Italian SMEs.

After a start-off as Process Specialist in the Research and Technologies group of Enichem Anic in 1984, his career has continued at ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) with responsibilities within the high-performance thermoplastic compounds business, and has moved up to serving as Industry Manager Automotive at ICI Advanced Materials marketing group based in Welwyn Garden City.

Appraised for his expertise in the business, and following his experience as Export Sales Manager for thermoplastic compounds at the Italian Lati Industria Termoplastici, a milestone in his career has been his joining Lonza, the chemical division of the Swiss multinational Alusuisse-Lonza, as Business Global Manager for Plasticisers based in Milan. At Lonza, Carmine has been later appointed Purchasing & Logistic Director and then Commercial director in the spin-off Polynt.

Carmine joined Versalis in 2011 as VP of the Elastomer business before being appointed in the current position in 2014.

Carmine Masullo holds a degreein Industrial Chemistry.

Preston Liz

Chief Executive Officer


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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.

Schäfer Hans

Managing Director Global Markets / Global Sales


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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


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  • 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.

Vialatte Jean-Marc

Vice President Supply Chain Group


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Jean-Marc VIALLATTE, 45 years old, is a graduate engineer from IFMA (Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée) in France and from Cambridge University in the UK. He holds a Master’s in mechanical engineering and automated production systems, and an APICS certification.

In 1997 he joined the American group Avery Dennison as customer logistics Project Manager, before heading the introduction of an ERP system for France. He later held a number of Lean Sigma heavily oriented operational posts in plants, being consecutively production manager, plant manager and operations manager France.

In 2006 he joined the Hamelin group as Subsidiary General Manager before becoming Group Managing Director in charge of operations, supply chain and information systems. In this position he oversaw the complete transformation of the group, and put in place a new organization based on standardized processes and an SAP solution rolled out across the group’s 50 sites on the five continents.

In 2013 he joined the Tarkett group as supply chain Vice President for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, creating the group’s supply chain function, and later became the group’s Global supply chain Director in charge of the transformation.


Verlinden Jos

Director Transport & Logistics


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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.

Devos Peter

Managing Director


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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.



Montenegro-Garcia Ana

Technical Service & Development Polyolefins Manager


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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.

In Attendance

Debuyst Nathalie

Communication & Education Manager



Bastiaansen Nick

Trader Aromatics


Short CV

Nick Bastiaansen holds a Master degree in Applied Economics from the K.U.Leuven with a major in International Business. He joined the Total Group in 2007 and has held different positions within the Group since then, both in Paris and Brussels. He is currently Senior Trader Aromatics within the Refining & Base Chemicals Europe division.

Bogacki Mariusz

Pricing Manager


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Mariusz Bogacki holds master degree in Finance and Accounting. He completed also postgraduate studies of Agriculture at Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

He started his professional career in banking and airline industry.

He joined PKN ORLEN in 2011. His professional path in PKN ORLEN Mariusz began in Controlling area covering mainly petrochemical business units in PKN Group.  

Being experienced in business challenging, starting from 2016  he plays the role of Pricing Manager in ORLEN Capital Group coordinating pricing policy of the Group in CEE region.

Ciuciu Caroline



Cleghorn Simon

Commercial Manager – Pygas & Benzene (EU)


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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.

Girmann Christoph

National Operations Manager Germany & Netherlands


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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.

Hadorn Alain

Quotations & Projects BU Liquids


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Born in 1984, Alain Hadorn has finished his studies with a Master of Arts in Law and Economics in 2009 and worked in a leading business law firm in Zürich thereafter. He passed his bar exam in 2013. By January 2014, Alain Hadorn joined the Bertschi Group and has undergone a complete logistics traineeship program incl. planning, a period as truck driver, leading a dispatch-department as well as tender and HR management. Since 2015, Alain Hadorn is Project Manager Quotations for the Business Units Liquids of the Bertschi Group, and as such also Deputy Commercial Manager of this BU. He is married and father of 2 boys.

Iturriaga Abarzua Anne-Gret

Head of Communications


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


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


International Corporate Media Award of Excellence, 2013

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


Sports, travelling, arts, Austrian cuisine

Ismael Michen Marina

Market Manager, Dow Industrial Solutions

The Dow Chemical Company

Short CV

Marina Ismael Michen holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. She works for The Dow Chemical Company since 2011, where she experienced different positions from technical to commercial. Since March 2018 she works for the Industrial Solutions business as the Global Market Segment Leader for the Crop Defense segment and as the Market Segment Manager for Food, Feed and Crop Defense in EMEAI. She is Brazilian and lives in Switzerland with her husband and children.

Kurus Derya

Business Management C4 & Heavy Cracker Products


Meijknecht Jochem

Commercial Manager


Short CV

Jochem Meijknecht is a Commercial Manager responsible for commercial and operational activities of the LyondellBasell Propylene system in Europe.

Together with a team of 7, he coordinates the sales from 4 crackers and purchases for 11 Poly-propylene and 3 Propylene-Oxide plants. Having joined LyondellBasell in 2014, he previously held the role of Business Consultant for the Global Gasoline Components team.

Jochem holds degrees in Finance and International Relations, and worked for 3 years at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations.

Nagels Ben

Commercial Manager


Short CV

Born in 1986, Ben Nagels has finished his studies with an MBA in International Business, whereafter he joined Vopak in 2008. He currently holds the position of Commercial Manager Belgium.

Ott Jarno

Sr. Buyer Logistics Services EAME


Short CV

Jarno Ott started his career in shortsea business and is now working for Huntsman since 2014 (Purchasing Department) as Senior Buyer of Logistic Services for the Huntsman Performance Products Division within EAME region.

Ruigt Paul

Category Manager Shipping & Barging - Petrochemicals


Short CV

Paul Ruigt started his career with SABIC in 2006 where he currently holds the position of Category Manager for Shipping & Barging. He previously worked in the Supply Chain Polymers department and held a position within SABIC’s Company Procurement department. 

Paul holds a Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from the Technical University Eindhoven.

Thomas-Martin Kristin

Global Basic Chemicals Planning Advisor


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


Sigamoney Rovani

Assistant Programme Specialist UNESCO Engineering Initiative SC/UEI



Brunelle Nathalie

Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs Refining & Chemicals


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).


Ciuciu Caroline



Bianchi Emanuele

Training & Development Department


Short CV

Emanuele Bianchi is Training and Development Manager for International Resources in Versalis (Eni). His professional path in ENI began in Eni Corporate University in the Recruitment Department.

He has been in Versalis since 2007, initially in the Training & Development on the Italian plants and more recently on International context. Experienced in career counselling, he manages selection and induction activities, performance management and annual reviews, professional paths within the company and training needs.

Graduated from Cattolica University of Milan – Faculty of Psychology, he holds a certification from a Couselling Training School founded on Carl Rogers’ person - centered approach.

Fuhrken Thomas

Global ISC Director Performance Silicones


Short CV

In his current role Thomas is leading the ISC strategy implementation, including facilitating the Integrated Business Planning (IBP)/Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process and leading the Planning team for several product lines in Performance Silicones.

Thomas’ responsibility at IBP/S&OP level is also to manage overall Performance Silicones Exports in the context of the STAR implementation.

Thomas started his career in 2002 in Dow Stade Site Logistics being responsible for the central drumming facility including scheduling of activities, technical support and development, ODMS and auditing for GMP & ISO, after he worked for three years for a beverage company in Germany as a Trainee in Supply Chain and in Project Management.

Assignments as Business Supply Chain Planner within the EPOXY business and as Operations Service Leader in Dow Logistics supported his development so that he took over the role as Mode Leader for Road, Rail & Outplant Operations in August 2013. In this role Thomas was responsible for all Road & Rail Transportation in Europe as well as all Terminal and Warehouse operations in the Region before he was named Dow Logistics Director Europe in August 2016. In this role Thomas was responsible to further develop the Dow Logistics Organization in Europe and to lead all organizational integration activities for Lion and Orion. In addition to this, Thomas was acting as the interim Leader for the ITO Team in Dow Logistics with the key responsibility of splitting the organization into two teams including hiring and onboarding new leaders for each of them to ensure future success. 

Thomas was named to his current role as Global ISC Director Performance Silicones in February 2017. 

In addition, Thomas is member of the EMEAI Steering Team for WIN representing the Supply Chain function in this critical program. He is also trainer for several Dow Trainings and acts as a Sponsor in the Sponsor to Success program to support women in their career development. 

Thomas graduated with a Diploma in Economic Engineering for Transportation and Logistics from the Technical University Bremerhaven, Germany. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds an APICS CSCP certification.

Fyffe Gina

Executive Director / CEO


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


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


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


International Corporate Media Award of Excellence, 2013

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


Sports, travelling, arts, Austrian cuisine

Johnson Kate

General Manager


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


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


Six Hans-Christoph

SVP Human Resources


Short CV

Hans-Christoph Six is Senior Vice President HR at Evonik Performance Materials located in Essen / Germany. He studied business administration and has more than 25 years of professional experience in different global acting companies.

27.07.1986 – 07.07.1988:      apprenticeship industrial clerk, Telenorma GmbH, Frankfurt
01.10.1988 – 08.10.1991:      university of applied sciences, Frankfurt; diploma in business administration 

08.07.1988 – 30.09.1988:      Telenorma GmbH
Industrial Clerk / Administrator global HR-reporting 

01.02.1992 – 31.05.2001:      Milupa GmbH & Co. KG
HR manager and director in different roles and countries 

01.06.2001 – 29.02.2004:      Degussa AG
HR-Manager Business-Unit Finechemicals                                          

01.03.2004 – 31.05.2012:      Evonik Industries AG
Global HR-Partner for the Service-Unit Process-Technology and Engineering / Chemical Energy Management 

01.03.2004 – 31.05.2012:      Evonik Industries AG
Global HR-Partner for the Business Unit Advanced Intermediates 

Since 01.01.2015:                  Evonik Performance Materials GmbH
Global HR-Partner for the Segment Performance Materials

Veraa Mariëlle

HR Advisor Commercial Business Europe


Short CV

Mariëlle Veraa is a Human Resource Advisor for the Commercial Business of LyondellBasell in Europe. 

Within her respective business units she is responsible for all personnel related matters, talent management, succession planning and training. 

She joined LyondellBasell in 2011 as Sr. Assistant and has joined HR in 2012 as HR Generalist. After studying next to her fulltime job she has successfully obtained her Bachelor degree in Human Resource management in 2016 after which she has been appointed in her current role.


Arns Dorothee

Executive Director


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.

Ciuciu Caroline


Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 60


Prevoo Nathalie

Deputy General Manager

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 63


Conway Eleanor

Membership & Meetings Administrator, IMPCA Coordinator

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 72


Debuyst Nathalie

Communication & Education Manager

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 66


Lenhart Johann

Meetings and Events Coordinator

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 87


Piret Frédérique

Management Assistant

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 71


Villegas del Val Roberto

IT & Database Manager

Tel:+32 (0)2 741 86 70