Thorsten is a normal guy led by the idea of making chemicals easily accessible. This is why he embarked a journey to create the leading platform for sustainable chemicals deal-making. To get there, Thorsten nurtures and serves a team of makers and creators in Amsterdam and is mainly responsible for finding new paths, creating a psychologically safe space for the people around him, ensuring customer value and sponsors' generosity. Thorsten spent his professional career inside the chemical industry and has assumed roles across the value chain and across the globe.
Business President, Coatings & Performance Monomers President, Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa and India
Neil Carr is Business President of the US $4 billion global Coatings and Performance Monomers portfolio. This fully integrated portfolio provides a range of products from raw materials to industry leading, innovative, next-generation coatings solutions. Carr was named to this post in April 2016.
Carr also serves as President of Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa and India – a positioned he assumed in June 2018. In this role, Carr is responsible for designing and leading the growth agenda for this critical and dynamic region.
Immediately prior to his current roles, Carr served as Business President of Dow Industrial Solutions, a business that enables manufacturing of the world’s goods and services with additive solutions supporting industrial manufacturers associated with virtually all end markets.
Carr has had an extensive career as a leader of businesses and functional organizations for Fortune 500 companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in both North America and Europe. This has included leadership positions for businesses including paints and coatings and specialty additives businesses, as well as for procurement and logistics support organizations.
Carr holds an MBA from the Kingston Business School, London, as well as an Economics degree from Cardiff University, South Wales.
Procurement Director - Head of Distribution Management & Polymers
Antonio’s career spanned across chemical industries and companies, and mainly with Novartis, Lonza and Clariant.
He spent most of his life in Europe and in strategic Procurement, but also in Production and Supply Chain.
After his return from Asia, he was assigned to develop a new supply strategy for the Group, to proactively tackle increasing complexity and to cope with new supply market trends and dynamics, related to procurement of needed chemicals. Thus, in his current role, Antonio and his global Category Team are responsible to accelerate value creation through collaboration with Distribution Partners with focus on sustainable and innovative supply concepts, for all Clariant Businesses and their global sites.
Antonio holds an advanced degree in Procurement from the University of St. Gallen (IMH), Switzerland.
Antonio is Italian, works and lives in Switzerland, with his wife and their two kids.
W R Grace & Co
Global Channel Management Materials Technologies
Chief Digital Officer - Customers
Global Head of Supply Chain Management Cargo & Device Protection
After holding several Supply Chain, Customs/Export Control and Project Management positions within Süd-Chemie he worked for the “Clariant Integration Team” in 2011 before joining Business Unit Functional Minerals as Net Working Capital Officer.
Since 2015 he is responsible for the global value chain, strategic procurement and new material development of Cargo & Device Protection – a fast and profitably growing business group within BU FM specialized on desiccants, oxygen scavengers and humidity indicators.
He is a skilled Head of Supply Chain Management with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals industry in an international environment for more than twelve years with in-depth intercultural experience.
As SSA certified Lean Sigma Black Belt he is very familiar with International Project Management, Continuous Improvement Methods and Process (Re-)Engineering.
Throughout his career he also acquired sustainable knowledge in Customer Service, Operations and SAP/APO.
In his spare time he is a dedicated supporter of FC Bayern München and enjoys spending time on the golf course.
Klaus Hald Winstroem
Head of UK/Fr/Ir and Nordic, Coatings Adhesives & Specialties
PHD Marketing & Strategy
Joanna Stephenson graduates from UMIST in 1992 joining Dow Chemical as a Commercial Trainee. Progressing through a range of roles in the plastics division, she worked in Germany and their HQ in Zurich, Switzerland finally becoming Global Product Director for the Dow Films business. Relocating to London in 2005, Jo moved to Sun Chemical to become European Marketing Director and from there to Linpac Group as Vice President for Marketing & R&D. In 2014, she successfully pitched the Board to outsource the marketing function of Linpac to her establishing PHD Marketing & Strategy, a bespoke B2B marketing business supporting clients in a range of market sectors. PHD now has 25 clients nationally and internationally and employs 13 staff.
Jo is a Non Executive Director of Cornelius Group, Co Founder of Women In Packaging (an initiative to support the attraction and development of female employees in the sector), and a Board Director in the European Flexographic Industry Association.
Head of Digital4Clariant
Global Distribution Manager
Lotte Vater, born in 1991, is Global Distribution Manager at Synthomer, a leading manufacturer for aqueous polymers. In her role she focuses on structured distribution relation management and on finding the right distribution partners for Synthomer products globally. She joined the company in 2016 as part of the regulatory affairs team based in Harlow, UK, before moving to distribution management as a Junior Distribution Manager the following year.
Lotte graduated with a B. Sc. in Chemistry from the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany. During her studies she gained first professional experience in the chemical industry, working as a scientific assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute. Intrigued by the business side of the chemical industry, she decided to join Synthomer after graduating.
Aston Chemicals Ltd.
Supplier and Business Development Manager
Product Safety & Quality Specialist
Clelia Rusca is 28 years old and she joined Univar Solutions Italy in October 2018 as Product Safety & Quality Specialist. She graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Genoa and through first working experience she acquired knowledge of the REACH, CLP legislation and Quality Management System (ISO 9001).
In Univar Solutions she supports the organization in being compliant with REACH, CLP, by managing specifications and SDS documents, answering to customers’ requests, delivering training, liaising with local and EMEA functions, and taking care of any aspect related to product safety.
She is a very good team player with good communication skills, proactive, focused on internal and external customer satisfaction.
She speaks English and basic French.
Furthermore, she played volleyball for many years being part also of a Second Division Team.
Aston Chemicals Ltd.
Technical Development Chemist
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