People on the Move Key Personnel Decisions Announced by Evonik, Adare, Solvay, PPG, Icheme, Syngenta and Romaco

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The companies Evonik, Adare, Solvay, PPG, Icheme, Syngenta and Romaco have made new appointments to senior positions. PROCESS summarizes the latest management decisions for you.

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Dr. Jörg Harren is leaving to pursue new professional opportunities outside the Evonik Group.
Dr. Jörg Harren is leaving to pursue new professional opportunities outside the Evonik Group.
(Source: Evonik)

Würzburg/Germany — Bernhard Vendt, previously Head of Supply and Waste Management of Evonik for the North Germany region, will take over as Head of the Marl Chemical Park on October 1, 2021. Dr. Jörg Harren, who has managed the site since 2017, will then leave to pursue new professional tasks outside the Evonik Group. Until his departure, Dr. Harren will ensure the handover of duties to his successor and accompany his introduction to key representatives from politics and the authorities.

After graduating with a degree in mechanical and process engineering, Bernhard Vendt began his career in 1990 as a planning engineer at the former Hüls AG in Marl. After further positions as plant manager and production manager at Infracor, he took on the role of head of technology in Marl, Herne and Witten for Infracor in 2009. In 2016, Vendt moved to Hanau, where he took over the management of the Wolfgang Industrial Park site in personal union with the management of materials technology and technical plant safety, before taking up his current position in Marl in 2018.

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Adare Pharma Solutions Expands Executive Leadership Team

Contract Development Manufacturer Adare Pharma announced it has strengthened its executive leadership team with two key hires. Robert Muschert has joined the company as Chief Commercial Officer, and Dr. Vipan Dhall has joined as Chief Scientific Officer. These key additions to leadership are to further advance Adare’s position as a technology driven CDMO solving unique formulation challenges in partnership with pharmaceutical companies.

As Adare seeks to serve more customers in the development and manufacturing of complex drug forms, Muschert will lead commercial strategy and business development efforts for the company. He will hold responsibility for all business development, marketing, and commercial operations activities. Muschert and the APS commercial team are tasked with maintaining Adare’s presence to secure the company's market position in the field of oral dosage formulations, and to expand the brand by promoting its diverse range of technology offerings in new markets. Bringing a deep network to the company, Muschert will help cultivate existing partnerships and develop new customer relationships.

Muschert brings nearly 30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience to the company. His career has spanned business development and sales, supply chain and manufacturing operations, strategic procurement, and technical services in global pharmaceutical and services organizations. Most recently, he was Head of Sales, US Global Account Management Lonza, where he oversaw account management and business development for the company’s east coast partners and new business relationships. Prior, Muschert held various roles at Hovione, Pfizer, and Merck.

The addition of Dhall in the Chief Scientific Officer position is intended to demonstrate Adare’s commitment to bolstering its technologies, capabilities, and services to the pharmaceutical industry. Dhall is charged with maintaining Adare’s leadership position in oral dosage forms and leading efforts to enhance additional competencies and technologies. He is responsible for the company’s pharmaceutical development, technical services and business support, and regulatory affairs teams. As Adare serves even more customers with complex formulation needs, Dhall will build out the pharmaceutical development organization to meet the demands of its client base.

Dhall has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical development experience in traditional pharma as well as the CDMO space. He has held scientific leadership across North America, Europe, and Asia in the pharmaceutical development, analytical development, clinical and drug-discovery spaces. Prior to joining Adare, Dhall was Vice President of Life Sciences, North America at SGS. Previously, he was VP and Global Head of Formulations and Product Development R&D at Piramal Pharma Solutions, a global CDMO. Dhall was critical to the CDMO’s growth, having established greenfield development sites, building the development pipeline, and supporting the drug discovery and clinical CRO businesses. Earlier, Vipan held various positions at Dr. Reddy’s Labs, NPS Pharmaceuticals, and Patheon.

Solvay Appoints Head of DEI Program

Nathalie van Ypersele has been appointed chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer to help Solvay achieve new ambitious DEI targets by 2025.

“As part of our Solvay One Planet commitment, we pledged to improve the quality of life of millions of people – including all of us within Solvay. With the appointment of Nathalie, we’re taking yet another step to make our Group a more just and equitable workplace where everyone can thrive,” said Iham Kadri, CEO of Solvay.

Nathalie van Ypersele will drive the development and deployment of Solvay’s DEI strategy in partnership with Solvay's leaders to empower the necessary cultural change within the company to foster a truly inclusive work environment. She is taking up the position in addition to her current role as head of global communications.

“An internal DEI study showed that while progress is being made within the Group, there are still a number of improvement areas. A common pitfall is to focus too narrowly on diversity figures, so we’ve elected to prioritize building equity first and to create an inclusive environment in which diverse individuals can be at their best. I am happy to take on this challenge with colleagues across the company to give a new impetus to DEI, with concrete targets and measurable results," said Nathalie van Ypersele.

PPG Appoints Two New Vice Presidents

PPG announced two executive appointments, effective July 1. Diane Kappas, current vice president, automotive OEM coatings, Americas, will become vice president, global sustainability. Andrew Carroll, current vice president, industrial coatings, Americas, will become vice president, automotive OEM coatings, Americas and mobility. Kappas will report to Amy Ericson, senior vice president, packaging coatings, and Carroll will report to Rebecca Liebert, executive vice president.

Kappas will collaborate with teams across PPG to drive the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts, including reducing the environmental impact of operations, growing PPG’s positive impact in the communities in which it operates, and increasing sales of sustainably advantaged products, creating value for customers. Kappas has over 35 years of experience at PPG and has held a variety of business and operational leadership roles in manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, human resources, and environment, health and safety (EHS). She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University.

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Carroll will be responsible for leading the automotive OEM coatings business in the Americas region through the development of a growth-focused commercial strategy. He will also lead and manage the global rollout and execution strategy for PPG’s automotive mobility initiatives that focus on the development of a pipeline aimed at autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles. Carroll began his PPG career in 1991 and over the last 30 years has held a range of diverse, impactful leadership roles in technology, product management, and mergers and acquisitions. Carroll earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in engineering, focused on electrochemical engineering, business management and product development from Case Western Reserve University.

Icheme Announces New Trustees and Senior Committee Members

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (Icheme) has announced the successful candidates elected by the membership to take up key roles on the Board of Trustees, Congress and the Learned Society Committee.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the institution and therefore members appointed to the Board are responsible for setting the strategic direction of Icheme. Congress is the member advisory body to the Board of Trustees and consists of two electoral colleges; one that represents geographical member groups worldwide (Regional College) and one that reflects membership grades from student to Fellow (Functional College). The Learned Society Committee (LSC) sets the direction for Icheme’s technical priorities and steers the Institution’s activities as a learned society.

Following a ballot held of all eligible members during April and May, the following appointments will be formally declared at the IChemE Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held as a virtual meeting on 14 June 2021.

Board of Trustees Congress Functional College
President for 2022/2023 (Deputy President from June 2021): David Bogle Regional College Australia (2 seats): James Shorthouse (uncontested); Second seat not filled Chartered (2 seats): Mark Talford; Simon Stanbridge
Honorary Treasurer: Iain Martin (uncontested) Honorary Treasurer: Iain Martin (uncontested) Early Career (2 seats): Hussein Hussen; Fiona McIntosh
Vice President (Learned Society): Alexandra Meldrum Rest of the World: Padraig Collins (uncontested)/td> Student: Dhruv Singh (uncontested)
Vice President (Qualifications): Rob Best (uncontested) All Ireland: Not filled Learned Society Committee
Vice President (Member Engagement): Andrea Hosey (uncontested) UK North East: Not filled Ordinary member (4 seats): Amanda Lake; Steven Flynn; Hui Tong Chua; Adrian Dickison
Ordinary member (3 seats): Macsene Isles-Ahite (re-elected); Mark Sutton (re-elected); Wendy Wilson (re-elected) UK North West & North Wales: William Harper (uncontested) -
- UK South Scotland: Not filled -

As an additional seat had become available on the Learned Society Committee due to a recent resignation, a fifth seat was awarded to Haydn Furlonge who had received the next highest number of votes. A ballot was also conducted on Special Resolutions to update the Royal Charter and By-Laws. The result of this poll will be announced at the AGM.

Icheme’s AGM will take place at 08:00 BST on 14 June 2021. Any member can register for and attend the virtual meeting. Only Voting Members (Chartered and Fellows) will be entitled to vote at the meeting to approve the minutes of the previous year's AGM, and to approve the re-appointment of the Institution's external auditors. Voting Members who have registered to attend the AGM will receive a separate email from our independent electoral service provider, Mi-Voice, containing a unique voting code to be used during the meeting to indicate their preference.

Syngenta Group Appoints Chief Sustainability Officer

Daniel Vennard, former Global Director at the World Resources Institute, will join Syngenta as Chief Sustainability Officer on July 26, 2021. He will be based in Basel, Switzerland, reporting to CEO Erik Fyrwald.

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Vennard will be responsible for developing and implementing Syngenta Group’s sustainability and net-zero goals. He will also work with the business units to fully integrate sustainability into the group’s business strategy. Vennard and his team will build on the company’s Good Growth Plan, which is a bold set of commitments that provides a pathway towards regenerative agriculture to better enable food systems to work in harmony with nature.

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Vennard brings extensive experience developing sustainability strategies and launching global sustainability programs that deliver growth and impact. In his most recent position as Global Director at the World Resources Institute, he founded the Better Buying Lab and brought together a team of scientists who developed, tested and scaled innovations that helped consumers choose sustainable plant-based food. He also launched the Cool Food Pledge, which helped more than forty organizations reduce their food-related emissions.

Prior to joining the World Resources Institute Daniel worked for fifteen years at Mars Incorporated and Procter and Gamble in corporate strategy, sustainability and marketing. (He holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences from Sheffield University, UK.).

Petra Laux, who served as acting Chief Sustainability Officer and Head Business Sustainability EAME, will take on the role of Head of Business Sustainability for Syngenta Crop Protection. In her new role, she will be responsible for integrating sustainability into all aspects of Syngenta’s Crop Protection strategy as well as crop protection regulatory affairs, product stewardship and implementation of public and government affairs globally. Laux will report to Jon Parr, President of Syngenta Crop Protection.

Romaco's Managing Director Retires

Romaco recently bid a fond farewell to Paolo Naldi when the long-serving Managing Director of the Romaco Group’s Italian subsidiary in Bologna, stepped down from professional life. After 24 years at the helm of Romaco, Paolo Naldi is now enjoying well-earned retirement. He was previously responsible for running the Romaco Group’s Italian production facility in Bologna, home of the Macofar and Promatic product brands. Mr. Naldi’s departure from the Board of Management marks the end of an era which dates back to 1997.

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A native of Bologna, he began his professional career in the late seventies with G.N.C., a North Italian manufacturer of pharmaceutical machinery. Yet after only a few years, Paolo Naldi left again in 1985 to set up his own company — Promatic — building electronic tablet counting machines. During the early nineties, he realigned Promatic’s product portfolio, focusing henceforth on the production of cartoners, case packers and final packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. His strategy paid off: Promatic’s secondary and tertiary packaging solutions laid the foundation for today’s leading technologies in the global industry.

In 1992, Paolo Naldi took the decision to sell Promatic to the Romaco Group. He was convinced that by integrating his business into such a successful global player, he would improve the sales prospects for his products and pave the way for stable economic growth. Since then, the Promatic cartoners have been available as stand-alone machines as well as in line with blister and strip packaging machines from Noack and Siebler and powder and liquid filling machines from Macofar. Five years on, in 1997, the Romaco Group management appointed Paolo Naldi as Managing Director of Romaco with responsibility for the Macofar and Promatic product brands. It was a role he fulfilled very successfully right up until his retirement in 2021.