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Stephan Sielaff and Christian Skilich appointed to the Management Board of the Lenzing Group
Stephan Sielaff and Christian Skilich appointed to the Management Board of the Lenzing Group
21.02.2020

Stephan Sielaff and Christian Skilich appointed to the Management Board of the Lenzing Group

Lenzing expands its Management Board, naming a new CTO and an additional Management Board member for “Pulp and Wood Raw Materials”

The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG, the world’s leading producer of botanic cellulose fibers, has appointed two new members to the company’s Management Board. Stephan Sielaff will serve as the new Chief Technology Officer effective March 1, 2020, succeeding Heiko Arnold, who left the Lenzing Group in November 2019. At the same time, Lenzing’s highest management body led by Chairman Stefan Doboczky will be expanded to include a newly created Management Board position for “Pulp and Wood Raw Materials” and will thus consist of five members instead of four. Christian Skilich will assume the position of Member of the Management Board for Pulp and Wood Raw Materials as at June 1, 2020.

“In the coming years our focus will be on achieving the strategic target of strongly increasing our own supply of pulp in line with our corporate strategy sCore TEN. By creating this new division, the composition of the Management Board now also reflects this focus”, says Peter Edelmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG.

Lenzing expands its Management Board, naming a new CTO and an additional Management Board member for “Pulp and Wood Raw Materials”

The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG, the world’s leading producer of botanic cellulose fibers, has appointed two new members to the company’s Management Board. Stephan Sielaff will serve as the new Chief Technology Officer effective March 1, 2020, succeeding Heiko Arnold, who left the Lenzing Group in November 2019. At the same time, Lenzing’s highest management body led by Chairman Stefan Doboczky will be expanded to include a newly created Management Board position for “Pulp and Wood Raw Materials” and will thus consist of five members instead of four. Christian Skilich will assume the position of Member of the Management Board for Pulp and Wood Raw Materials as at June 1, 2020.

“In the coming years our focus will be on achieving the strategic target of strongly increasing our own supply of pulp in line with our corporate strategy sCore TEN. By creating this new division, the composition of the Management Board now also reflects this focus”, says Peter Edelmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG.

Stephan Sielaff is a chemical engineer who gained experience in the chemical industry in the years 1993 to 2014, holding various management positions for Unilever and Symrise. Since 2014, he has worked for the Swiss specialty chemicals company Archroma, an important supplier of the textile and paper industry, as a Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer (COO).He has been responsible for forming the integrated operational structure and the strategic development of the company.

Christian Skilich, who will assume management responsibility for the new Pulp and Wood Raw Materials Division in the Lenzing Group, boasts outstanding expertise in the field of paper and pulp technology. With a Master of Science in Paper Technology and Engineering & Economics, he first held various positions in the paper, packaging and glass industries. Since 2004, he has worked in a broad range of management areas on behalf of the internationally operating Mondi Group. Christian Skilich most recently served as Chief Operating Officer on Mondi’s Board of Directors, overseeing projects in the USA and Europe.

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(c) Archroma
10.12.2019

Archroma announces CEO transition

Archroma announced its transition plan for the function of Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors of Archroma has appointed Heike van de Kerkhof to succeed current CEO Alexander Wessels effective January 6, 2020. Mr. Wessels has held the CEO position at Archroma since the Company was established in October 2013 and will be appointed as Vice Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. He will also take on a Senior Advisory role within SK Capital working across its portfolio of investments, which includes Archroma.

Alexander Wessels commented, “I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with SK Capital and the Archroma team over the past six and a half years, which has really been an incredible journey. We are coming off another record year in terms of profitability and the business is uniquely positioned to capitalize on its significant momentum moving forward. For me personally, this is the ideal moment to take on my next challenge and in Heike we have found the ideal person to pass the baton to. We look forward to a seamless transition and I am excited to continue to support the Company as a member of the Board of Directors.”

Archroma announced its transition plan for the function of Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors of Archroma has appointed Heike van de Kerkhof to succeed current CEO Alexander Wessels effective January 6, 2020. Mr. Wessels has held the CEO position at Archroma since the Company was established in October 2013 and will be appointed as Vice Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. He will also take on a Senior Advisory role within SK Capital working across its portfolio of investments, which includes Archroma.

Alexander Wessels commented, “I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with SK Capital and the Archroma team over the past six and a half years, which has really been an incredible journey. We are coming off another record year in terms of profitability and the business is uniquely positioned to capitalize on its significant momentum moving forward. For me personally, this is the ideal moment to take on my next challenge and in Heike we have found the ideal person to pass the baton to. We look forward to a seamless transition and I am excited to continue to support the Company as a member of the Board of Directors.”

“I have a true passion for innovation and sustainability, and I am thrilled to join Archroma as its next CEO,” Heike van de Kerkhof commented. “The Company has established itself as a leader in sustainable chemistry based on its strong technology-driven product portfolio with a solid foundation to further build upon. I believe Archroma is uniquely positioned to support its customers’ manufacturing processes in a cost effective and sustainable manner. The investments made into research and technology during the first stage of SK Capital’s ownership have positioned Archroma to reach new levels of growth and success.”

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Archroma ernennt neuen Geschäftsleiter für ihren Brand & Performance Textile Specialties Geschäftsbereich (c) Archroma
14.03.2018

Archroma: neuer Geschäftsleiter für Brand & Performance Textile Specialties Geschäftsbereich

Archroma, ein weltweit führender Hersteller von Farb- und Spezialchemikalien, hat am 8. März 2018 die Ernennung von Marcos Furrer zum Präsidenten seines Geschäftsbereichs Brand & Performance Textile Specialties sowie für Innovation am Stammsitz des Unternehmens in Reinach (Schweiz) bekanntgegeben.

Marcos Furrer folgt auf Thomas Winkler, der nach über 30 Jahren in der Textilindustrie – 12 davon in Führungspositionen der Branche – Ende März in den Ruhestand geht.
„Auf der Suche nach einem möglichen Nachfolger für Thomas Winkler war Marcos Furrer eine naheliegende Wahl für uns“, so Alexander Wessels, CEO von Archroma, in einem Statement zu diesem Führungswechsel. „Furrer vereint ein solides Textil-Knowhow mit starken Führungsqualitäten – genau die richtige Kombination, um das Geschäft in Übereinstimmung mit der ehrgeizigen Wachstumsstrategie von Archroma voranzutreiben.“

Furrer ist gebürtiger Schweizer und hat sich während seiner 20-jährigen Laufbahn ein hohes Ansehen als versierter Geschäftsleiter mit exzellenten Führungsqualitäten und einem ausgeprägten Gespür für die Umsetzung von Zielvorgaben erworben.

Archroma, ein weltweit führender Hersteller von Farb- und Spezialchemikalien, hat am 8. März 2018 die Ernennung von Marcos Furrer zum Präsidenten seines Geschäftsbereichs Brand & Performance Textile Specialties sowie für Innovation am Stammsitz des Unternehmens in Reinach (Schweiz) bekanntgegeben.

Marcos Furrer folgt auf Thomas Winkler, der nach über 30 Jahren in der Textilindustrie – 12 davon in Führungspositionen der Branche – Ende März in den Ruhestand geht.
„Auf der Suche nach einem möglichen Nachfolger für Thomas Winkler war Marcos Furrer eine naheliegende Wahl für uns“, so Alexander Wessels, CEO von Archroma, in einem Statement zu diesem Führungswechsel. „Furrer vereint ein solides Textil-Knowhow mit starken Führungsqualitäten – genau die richtige Kombination, um das Geschäft in Übereinstimmung mit der ehrgeizigen Wachstumsstrategie von Archroma voranzutreiben.“

Furrer ist gebürtiger Schweizer und hat sich während seiner 20-jährigen Laufbahn ein hohes Ansehen als versierter Geschäftsleiter mit exzellenten Führungsqualitäten und einem ausgeprägten Gespür für die Umsetzung von Zielvorgaben erworben.

Biografie
Nach dem Studium der chemischen Verfahrenstechnik an der Ingenieurschule beider Basel (IBB) begann Marcos Furrer seine Karriere im Jahr 1997 als Produktmanager für Schwefelfarbstoffe im Textilgeschäft von Clariant in der Schweiz. In den Folgejahren avancierte er im Unternehmen zum Leiter für kontinuierliches Färben von Cellulosefasern (1999 bis 2001), Leiter der Business Unit (BU) Textile Dyes & Textile Chemicals in Mexiko (2001 bis 2005), weltweiter Leiter der Produktgruppe Cellulosefarben (2005 bis 2007), Leiter der BU Textile Chemicals in Lateinamerika (2007 bis 2009), Leiter der BU Textile Chemicals Nord- & Südamerika (2009 bis 2012), Leiter des Emulsionsgeschäfts (Januar 2012 bis Juni 2012) und Leiter für Marketing und Vertrieb im Bereich Kunststoff- und Sonderanwendungen der BU Pigments (Januar 2013 bis 2015).

Seine jüngste Funktion als Head of Regional Business Line Europe, BU Pigments, Strategic Plastics, führte ihn im Januar 2015 mit dem Auftrag, die neue Regionalstruktur der BU Pigments in Europa umzusetzen, zurück in die Schweiz.
Furrer spricht fünf Sprachen: Englisch, Deutsch, Spanisch, Portugiesisch und Französisch.

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Marcos Furrer: President Brand & Performance Textile Specialties Business, and Innovation. (c) Archroma
Marcos Furrer: President Brand & Performance Textile Specialties Business, and Innovation.
08.03.2018

Archroma: New leader for Brand & Performance Textile Specialties business

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, announces the appointment of Marcos Furrer to the post of President Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, and Innovation, based in Archroma's headquarters in Reinach, Switzerland.

Marcos Furrer will take over from Thomas Winkler who will retire at the end of March 2018 after more than 30 years in the textile industry, among which 12 years at the helm of the business.
Announcing the appointment, Archroma CEO Alexander Wessels said: “Marcos Furrer was rather an obvious choice when we started to look for a potential successor for Thomas Winkler. He has the right combination of strong textile expertise and leadership skills that we need to drive the business in line with Archroma’s ambitious growth strategy.”

A Swiss national with a 20 years career, Mr Furrer has earned a strong reputation as a well-rounded business manager with excellent leadership skills and a taste for delivering on targets.

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, announces the appointment of Marcos Furrer to the post of President Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, and Innovation, based in Archroma's headquarters in Reinach, Switzerland.

Marcos Furrer will take over from Thomas Winkler who will retire at the end of March 2018 after more than 30 years in the textile industry, among which 12 years at the helm of the business.
Announcing the appointment, Archroma CEO Alexander Wessels said: “Marcos Furrer was rather an obvious choice when we started to look for a potential successor for Thomas Winkler. He has the right combination of strong textile expertise and leadership skills that we need to drive the business in line with Archroma’s ambitious growth strategy.”

A Swiss national with a 20 years career, Mr Furrer has earned a strong reputation as a well-rounded business manager with excellent leadership skills and a taste for delivering on targets.

Biography
A Chemical Engineer from the Ingenieurschule Beider Basel, Mr Furrer started his career with Clariant in Switzerland as Product Manager Sulphur Dyes, Textile Business, in 1997. He then grew in the organization as Head of Continuous Dyeing Cellulosic (1999 to 2001); Head of Business Unit (BU) Textile Dyes and Textile Chemicals in México (2001 to 2005); Global Head for the Product Group Cellulosic Dyes (2005 to 2007), Head of BU Textile Chemicals Latin America (2007 to 2009); Head of BU Textile Chemicals Americas (2009 to 2012); Head of Emulsions (January 2012 to June 2012); and Head of Marketing and Sales Plastic and Special Applications, BU Pigments (January 2013 to 2015).

His latest role as Head of Regional Business Line Europe, BU Pigments, Strategic Plastics, brought him back to Switzerland in January 2015, with the mission to implement the new BU Pigments regional structure in Europe.

Mr Furrer speaks 5 languages: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
 

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