Synthomer Board

Executive directors

M Willome – Chief Executive Officer


Nationality
: Swiss
Position and date of appointment: Chief Executive Officer since November 2021; member of the Disclosure Committee.

Key appointments: Michael is a non-executive director of Glaston Corporation, Helsinki.

Skills and experience: Michael was previously CEO of Conzzeta AG, Zurich, (now Bystronic AG), a global industrial company listed on the SIX Swiss exchange. Prior to Conzzeta, Michael spent 19 years with Clariant, latterly leading its global Industrial & Consumer Specialities business from 2010 to 2015. This followed 13 years in leadership roles in Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong, as well as in Canada and Turkey.

S G Bennett – Chief Financial Officer 

Nationality: British 
Position and date of appointment: Chief Financial Officer since May 2015; member of the Disclosure Committee.
Key appointments: No external appointments. 
Skills and experience: Stephen was previously at INEOS where he had been Chief Financial Officer at Petroineos Refining since 2006. In addition to this role, Stephen had acted as Chief Financial Officer of INEOS Upstream Limited, a start-up oil and gas exploration business, and of INEOS Olefins and Polymers South and INEOS Phenol. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1986 and is a qualified chartered accountant. He was at Full Circle Industries plc as company secretary and group controller before moving to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in 1997 as a director in transaction services. At PwC, he specialised in public and private equity transactions across a variety of sectors including chemicals.


R Atkinson - Chief Counsel & Company Secretary

Nationality: British 
Position and date of appointment: Company Secretary since 1998; Group Chief Counsel.
Key appointments: No external appointments. 
Skills and experience: Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1988 practising as a corporate lawyer before moving into industry.


Non-executive directors

C Johnstone - Chair

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment:Chair of the Board and the Nomination and Disclosure committees. Caroline joined the Board in March 2015 and was appointed Chair in December 2020 having been Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees prior to appointment as Board Chair.  
Key appointments: Caroline is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Employee Engagement Committee of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, and is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Shepherd Building Group Limited, a private company which owns Porakabin Limited. Caroline also has an honorary role on the board of the University of Manchester. 
Skills and experience: Caroline has nearly 40 years’ experience of working with large global organisations on turnaround, culture change, delivering value from mergers and acquisitions and cost optimisation programmes. She sat on the board of the Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as people partner. Caroline is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.  

The Hon. A G Catto - Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment: Non-Executive Director since 1981. Designated Non-Executive Director to lead workforce engagement. 
Key appointments: Alex is Managing Director of CairnSea Investments Limited, a private investment company, and a Non-Executive Director of several early stage companies that have been backed by CairnSea.
Skills and experience: Prior to the establishment of CairnSea Alex was a Director of Morgan Grenfell & Co and then Lazard Brothers & Co Ltd.


Dato’ Lee Hau Hian - Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: Malaysian
Position and date of appointment: Non-Executive Director since 2002; first joined the board in 1993 and stood down in 2000 to become an Alternate Director.
Key appointments: Hau Hian is a Director of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd and is the President of the Perak Chinese Maternity Association. He also serves as a Director of Yayasan De La Salle.
Skills and experience: Hau Hian is the Managing Director of Batu Kawan Bhd, a listed Malaysian investments holding company, with interests in plantations and chemicals manufacturing. He has experience in organisational transformations, acquisitions, chemical and manufacturing operations.

B W D Connolly - Senior Independent Director

Nationality: British
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since January 2014; Chair of the Remuneration Committee; member of the Audit, Disclosure and Nomination Committees. Senior Independent Director since April 2015.
Key appointments: Brendan is a Non-Executive Director of Victrex PLC, a Non-Executive Director of Pepco Group NV, a Non-Executive Director of Applus and two private equity backed companies, one of which he chairs.

Skills and experience: Brendan has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Until June 2013 Brendan was a senior executive at Intertek Group plc and had previously been chief executive officer of Moody International (which was acquired by Intertek in 2011). Prior to Moody, he was managing director of Atos Origin UK, and spent more than 25 years of his career with Schlumberger in senior international roles over three continents. Brendan has previous experience as chairman of the remuneration committee of a UK listed company.


R C Gualdoni - Independent Non-Executive Director

Nationality: German and Italian
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since July 2021; member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Key appointments: Roberto is Chair of CABB Group and a member of the Board of Directors of Aerogel Corporation.
Skills and experience: Roberto has over 25 years’ chemical sector experience at BASF where he held senior operational roles covering international sales, marketing, procurement and M&A and served on a number of joint venture Boards. His final role at BASF was as President of its Styrenics business, which was carved out as part of a joint venture as Styrolution, and which Roberto led as Chief Executive for three years until 2014. Roberto has previous Board-level experience in Saudi Arabia, Finland and Belgium

H Van Deursen - Independent Non-Executive Director

Nationality: American
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since September 2018; member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees since 1 March 2019.  
Key appointments: Holly is a Non-Executive Director of Kimball Electronics Inc and Albermarle Corporation.
Skills and experience: Until 2005, Holly was Group Vice President, Petrochemicals, at BP. She has worked in the global chemical industry for over 25 years and held senior positions across North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, Holly has 13 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the USA.


C S Dubin - Independent Non-Executive Director 

Nationality: British and American
Position and date of appointment: Independent Non-Executive Director since July 2020; member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Key appointments: Cynthia is a Non-Executive Director and Interim Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the UK Competition and Markets Authority; Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and member of the Governance Committee of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.; Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit committee of Hurco Companies, Inc; Non-Executive Director of Franchise Group Inc.

Skills and experience: Cynthia has over 35 years’ experience in the power, oil and gas and broader clean energy technology sectors where she held senior finance and business roles. She was Chief Financial Officer of JKX Oil & Gas plc and prior to that a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Canamens, a start-up oil and gas business. Cynthia began her career in the banking industry in New York specializing in advising and lending to large energy projects. From 1993-2005 she held London-based positions with Edison Mission Energy, a premier US owned electric power generator who operated internationally where she became Vice President and Finance Director of their Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations in 1998.


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