Synthomer today announces that it has appointed Stephan Lynen as President of its Adhesive Solutions division, succeeding Toby Heppenstall who is leaving the company. Stephan will join Synthomer on 1 May 2023 and become a member of the Executive Leadership Team reporting to Michael Willome.

Stephan has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the chemical industry, principally at Clariant, the global speciality chemicals company, where he became Chief Financial Officer in April 2020 having previously led several of its businesses, including its Additives unit for almost four years. He is a proven business leader with general management and functional experience in commercial and operational activities, strategy, finance, M&A, post-merger integration, transformation and restructuring. He has strong international experience having held positions in the USA, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, China, and Europe.

Synthomer CEO Michael Willome commented:

"I look forward to welcoming Stephan to Synthomer and working with him to take the Adhesive Solutions division forward. The acquired adhesive resins business at its core has expanded our geographic and market reach and has a high-quality customer base and substantial synergies with the rest of company. At the same time, it is currently facing a weak demand environment, supply chain and plant reliability challenges that are being resolved, and lower-than-expected production capacity, as described in our recent results. We are therefore fortunate to be able to enhance the experience level of Adhesive Solutions’ management with Stephan’s appointment. He has a proven track record of delivery and I am confident that under his leadership we will capture the division’s full potential.

“On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank Toby for his strong contribution and commitment to Synthomer over more than six years, and wish him every success in the future."