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A Franco-Moroccan woman takes the helm at Solvay

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Tuesday, October 9th 2018 à 13:27 | Read 93 times

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.


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