Scott Bader has appointed Jean-Claude Pierre as its new group chief executive officer (CEO), taking over from Philip Bruce who retires at the end of June, after 10 years in the role and 41 years in the chemical industry.
Pierre officially starts on June 15, and will take full control of the business. He will be located at Scott Bader’s global headquarters in Northamptonshire in the UK.
The appointment of Pierre is based on an impressive performance record in a number of key senior management and board level leadership roles. He has over 26 years of multinational business experience in a variety of roles and diverse markets including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, mining, nutrition, oil & gas, adhesives, and coatings. His career to date has spanned technical, commercial, and management consulting positions, initially with blue chip companies ICI, Ashland, and BASF, working in chemicals, automotive, and specialty coatings, based in the UK, USA, Germany, and France, then nine years in China since 2006.
During his time in China, Pierre became president of the global division of Beckers Group, a partner with HEJUN Management Consulting, and most recently was the managing director of EMS Group, China. His qualifications include a Master’s degree from ITECH-Lyon engineering institute for plastics, textiles, and composites in France, a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University, and an MBA from Hult International Business School in the U.S. Pierre’s broad ranging business expertise and experience will enable him to quickly understand and add value to both the Speciality Chemicals and Composites business divisions that make up the Scott Bader Group.
Passionate about business transformation and people, the significant strategic changes made by Scott Bader under Philip Bruce are acknowledged by the incoming new CEO. “I am very excited to be joining this uniquely independent business and to build upon what has already been accomplished by the team in changing the strategic direction of the business,” said Pierre. “The ‘Vision 2020’ strategy has added new advanced products and significantly increased Scott Bader’s global business presence through key acquisitions and joint ventures in recent years. The next five years are critical to leverage this expanded global position in key markets, find new opportunities, and continue to invest in innovation and people, the two core strengths of the business.”
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