New CEO to Head Chemicals and Materials Firm Solvay

October 15, 2018

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New CEO to Head Chemicals and Materials Firm Solvay
Ilham Kadri will join Solvay as its CEO on January 1. Image courtesy of Solvay

A new chief executive officer will take the lead of global specialty chemicals and materials group Solvay on January 1, replacing Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, who currently holds the Brussels-based firm’s top role and serves as its director. 

Solvay announced that its Board of Directors appointed Ilham Kadri as CEO of the group, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and member of its board. Most recently serving as CEO and president of U.S. hygiene technology and services firm Diversey, Kadri has occupied roles in major firms like Huntsman, Dow Chemical, and Shell-Basell across a wide swath of geographic locations. 

“Her knowledge of our strategic markets, strongly customer-focused mindset, and her capacities to build a galvanizing vision make her the leader that the group needs to accelerate its cultural transformation and unleash its growth potential, said Nicholas Boël, the chairman of Solvay’s board, in a statement. “She can count on a solid and experienced Solvay management team to fulfill this mission.”

Kadri earned a PhD in macromolecular physico-chemistry from Louis Pasteur University in and an engineering degree from the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials Science. 

“Early next year, I will work alongside Solvay’s teams to accelerate value creation based on innovation, collaboration, a customer-centric culture and a clear sense of purpose,” Kadri said in the announcement. “These fundamentals will guide my actions at Solvay.”

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