The Netherlands: European Chemistry Industry Council Versalis CEO Daniele Ferrari Becomes Cefic President
Daniele Ferrari, CEO of Versalis (Eni) and President of Plastics Europe was elected President of Cefic, effective immediately, at Cefic’s annual General Assembly.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — Ferrari succeeds Hariolf Kottmann, Chairman of the Board of Clariant, who has held this post since October 2016. Marco Mensink, Cefic’s Director General argued that with the challenges of Brexit, upcoming EU elections and transition to a more low-carbon economy, the industry needed a strong and capable leader like Daniele. At the same time he thanked Hariolf Kottmann for his leadership over the past two years. Under his presidency Cefic has been restructured, a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Chemicals Agency (Echa) was signed and China’s membership in the International Council of Chemical Associations (Icca) has been secured.
According to Daniele Ferrari, the EU chemical industry is already playing a key role in addressing the world’s biggest challenges by developing technologies to mitigate climate change, use resources more efficiently and facilitate recycling. His ambition was to promote a European environment in which the chemical industry can grow and support the transition to a sustainable society, towards the circular economic model.
Daniele Ferrari is Chief Executive Officer of Versalis and Chairman of Matrìca, a joint venture focusing on renewable chemistry, positions he has held since 2011. A thirty-year career in the chemical industry has seen him take on managerial assignments in Italy, the UK, Belgium and the US, working for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and Huntsman Corporation.
Since June 2017 Daniele Ferrari has also been President of Plastics Europe, a pan-European association representing plastics manufacturers. He will combine the role of President of Cefic and Plastics Europe for a month before handing over to his successor in Plastics Europe (yet to be appointed). He is also Vice-President for Europe of the Italian Chemical Association (Federchimica) and serves as a non-executive director of Venator Materials and Huntsman Corporation.