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A Franco-Moroccan woman takes the helm at Solvay

Ilham Kadri will take up his post on 1 January 2019 (photo: DR)
Ilham Kadri will take up his post on 1 January 2019 (photo: DR)
FRANCE / MOROCCO. The Board of Directors of Solvay (€10.1 billion turnover and 24,500 employees in 2017) appointed Ilham Kadri on Tuesday 9 October 2018 to replace Jean-Pierre Clamadieu as CEO of the Belgian chemical group.

This Franco-Moroccan is currently - and since September 2017 - CEO of Diversey, an American company specialising in hygiene technologies and services based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will join Solvay on 1 January 2019 but will not take up her position until 1 March 2019, after a period of handover by Jean-Pierre Clamadieu.

This engineer, a graduate of the Ecole d'Application des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg, France, with a doctorate in macromolecular physico-chemistry, has worked in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for international groups such as Shell-Basell, UCB-Cytec, Huntsman and Dow Chemical.

Since March 2018, the Solvay group has been committed to simplifying its organisation, which has resulted in 600 net job cuts with significant impacts in France.

Frédéric Dubessy

Tuesday, October 9th 2018

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