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Nexeo Plastics announces Joost D’Hooghe as VP EMEA

New European Leader joins from Polymers and Materials Manufcaturing Industry

Internationalpolymers distributor Nexeo Plastics, Inc. (The Woodlands (Houston), TX – United States of America) earlier this week announced Joost D’Hooghe as its new vice president of EMEA. He will be responsible for “continued development and expansion of the company’s footprint throughout the region across all existing and prospective vertical markets”. The role was previously held by Paul Tayler, Chief Executive Officer of Nexeo Plastics.

D’Hooghe joins Nexeo Plastics from DSM Engineering Materials, a global manufacturer of materials, where he last served as Vice President of Business Lines, leading  a global team in Automotive, Electrical and Industrial and Consumer Electronics Materials. He held several progressive positions at DSM, including Commercial Director of EMEA and European Sales Manager. Previous stations in his career included Promens, a tier-1 Automotive manufacturer and Steelweld BV (part of VDL Group), an equipment manufacturer.

D’Hooghe holds a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Delft and an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Source: Nexeo Plastics press release

HGE – DCG / 07.01.2021



Caldic appoints new CEO, Olav van Caldenborgh joins Board of Directors

Executive Management Change at Dutch Distribution Company

International producer and distributor of food ingredients and chemicals, Caldic B.V. (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) announced that its long-time CEO Olav van Caldenborgh will join the Board of Directors of Caldic Holdco B.V., where he will be taking on new responsibilities as non-executive director. He is to “strengthen Caldic’s leading food ingredients and specialty chemicals distribution market position and continue its strong growth trajectory.”

Olav van Caldenborgh,  who took over the CEO position 14 years ago, led Caldic’s transformation from a regional full-line distributor into a global distributor of food ingredients and speciality chemicals, the announcement said. This transformation included the divestment of the company’s Formaldehyde production and tank storage activities earlier this year. During this time, Caldic grew from a turnover of EUR 400 mn to EUR 900 mn, closing 20 M&A deals and giving the the group a differentiated specialty service offering.


In a related move, Alexander “Xander” Wessels has been appointed CEO and joined Caldic effective 12. October 2020. He is an industry veteran with over 30 years of food ingredient, pharma and chemicals experience. Before joining Caldic he was CEO of chemical company Archroma, where he earlier this year took over the Vice Chairman position. Previously he has held executive positions in DSM, heading the Food Specialties and later the Pharma Business Groups, Campina, ICI Plc. and Unilever N.V. Plc.


Source: Caldic press release


HGE – DCG / 19.10.2020



OQEMA announces new Members of its Executive Board

Preparations for Generation Change at German Distribution Group with new Additions to Executive Board

Chemicals distributor OQEMA AG (Mönchengladbach, Germany)  has recently announced its new Executive Board (“Vorstand”). Besides Peter Overlack as long-time Chief Executive (CEO), new members are Patrick Barthels as Chief Sales Officer (“CSO”) in charge of Sales and Purchasing, and Hartmut Kunz as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”).


In an interview published on the company website, Peter Overlack, third generation shareholder of the company founded by his grandfather, lays out his future plans for the company. He also indicates that he is working on the planning process for his succession at the helm of the company within the next few years. He will by then have spent close to 35 years in the family enterprise. 


The full interview can be accessed via the link: https://oqema.com/de/news/detail/news/neuer-vorstand-bei-der-oqema-ag-2/  

Source: OQEMA press release


HGE – DCG / 08.04.2020