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Board of Management

Dr Christian Kohlpaintner

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag SE

  • Nationality: German
  • Year of birth: 1963
  • Place of birth: Stephanskirchen, Germany

Dr Christian Kohlpaintner
Member of the Board of Management since January 1, 2020
Specific expertise and experienceThe Ph.D. chemist Dr Christian Kohlpaintner has more than 25 years of management experience in the chemical industry. This includes international executive roles in both China and the US where he lived and worked for several years each. Dr Christian Kohlpaintner is member of the Board of Directors of the EPCA European Petrochemical Association and a permanent guest in the Präsidium of Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI).
Responsibilities
  • Corporate Board Office
  • Global Human Resources
  • Corporate Planning & Strategy
  • M&A Brenntag Group
  • Global Communications
  • Global Marketing
  • Corporate Internal Audit
  • Corporate Compliance
  • QSHE
  • Sustainability Brenntag Group
  • Corporate Relations & Government Affairs
CareerSince 2020CEO and Member of the Board of Management, Brenntag SE, Essen, Germany
2009 - 2019Member of the Executive Committee (amongst others responsible for the growth-oriented business areas and the region of Asia), Clariant AG, Pratteln, Switzerland, and Shanghai, China
2005 - 2009CEO and Member of the Board, Chemische Fabrik Budenheim KG, Budenheim, Germany
2003 - 2005Managing Director, Chemische Fabrik Budenheim KG, Budenheim, Germany
1997 - 2003Various positions at Celanese AG, Dallas, USA, and Kronberg, Germany: amongst others Marketing Director and Vice President for Innovation and Ventures
1993 - 1997Various positions in Germany and the US at Hoechst AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Education and Training1990 - 1992Ph.D. in Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany
1984 - 1990Chemistry (Diploma), Technical University of Munich, Germany
Supervisory Board mandates at non-group companies or comparable functionsNone.
Dr Kristin Neumann

Dr Kristin Neumann

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag SE

  • Nationality: German
  • Year of birth: 1972
  • Place of birth: Marburg, Germany

Member of the Board of Management since April 1, 2022
Specific expertise and experienceThe Ph.D. economist Dr Kristin Neumann has several years of management experience with various leadership roles in Germany and also one in the UK. Dr Kristin Neumann has many years of professional experience in finance and accounting.
Responsibilities
  • Corporate Controlling
  • Accounting Brenntag Group
  • Legal Brenntag Group
  • Tax Brenntag Group
  • Treasury Brenntag Group
  • Corporate Investor Relations
  • Corporate Insurance Management
  • Shared Services Brenntag Group
  • Finance EMEA
  • Finance Americas
  • Finance APAC
  • Finance China & Hong Kong
CareerSince April 2022CFO and Member of the Management Board, Brenntag SE, Essen, Germany
2014 - 2022CFO and Director of Human Resources (until the beginning of 2021), LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG, Neu-Isenburg, Germany
2000 - 2014Various positions at Thomas Cook AG: amongst others Member of the Board of Management for Continental Europe as CFO, CFO UK, Head of Controlling Germany
Education and Training1997 - 1999Ph.D. in Business economics, University Göttingen, Germany
1993 - 1997Business economics (Diploma), University Göttingen, Germany
1991 - 1993Apprenticeship as a bank clerk, Deutsche Bank AG, subsidiary Gießen, Germany
Supervisory Board mandates at non-group companies or comparable functions
  • Zeppelin GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany (Member of the Supervisory Board)

Henri Nejade

Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Specialties

Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Specialties and Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag SE

  • Nationality: French
  • Year of birth: 1962
  • Place of birth: Astara, Iran

Henri Nejade
Member of the Board of Management since July 1, 2015
Specific expertise and experienceHenri Nejade has extensive international management experience with more than 30 years in chemical industry and chemical distribution. Henri Nejade joined Brenntag in 2008 and has held international leadership positions in Asia, Europe and on a global level since then. Henri Nejade is chairman of the Singapore Chemical Industry Council Limited (SCIC), the official industry association representing the Singapore Energy and Chemicals cluster in the private sector, and member of the Board of Directors of the International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA).
Responsibilities
  • Brenntag Specialties EMEA
  • Brenntag Specialties Americas
  • Brenntag Specialties APAC
  • Controlling Brenntag Specialties
  • Global Industry Development
CareerSince 2021COO Brenntag Specialties and Member of the Management Board, Brenntag SE, Singapore and Essen, Germany
2008 - 2021Various positions: amongst others CEO & President EMEA & Asia Pacific, Brenntag Group, Singapore and Essen, Germany
2000 - 2008Various positions: amongst others Vice President International Affaire, Global Sales and Marketing Director at corporate level, Strategy Director, Vice President Head of Strategic BU at silicone division, Solvay (EX-Rhodia), Paris, France
1994 - 2000Various positions at General Electric Group, Germany, The Netherlands, and France: amongst others South Europe & Middle East Sales Director, European Product Manager and Marketing Innovation Director
Education and Training2014 - 2015Certified Corporate Governance – Independent Director Program, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and Singapore
2011 - 2012Executive Program Finance and Strategy, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and Singapore
2001 - 2002Executive MBA (CPA), EM Lyon Business School, France
1982 - 1987Master in polymer and postgraduate degree in industrial chemical, University of Bordeaux, France
Supervisory Board mandates at non-group companies or comparable functionsNone.
Steven Terwindt

Steven Terwindt

Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Essentials

Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Essentials and Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag SE

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Year of birth: 1967
  • Place of birth: Maasdriel, The Netherlands

Member of the Board of Management since August 1, 2020
Specific expertise and experienceSteven Terwindt has more than 20 years of professional experience in the chemical distribution sector. Steven Terwindt joined Brenntag in 1998 and has held various international management positions at Brenntag in Latin, Central, and North America since then.
Responsibilities
  • Brenntag Essentials EMEA
  • Brenntag Essentials North America
  • Brenntag Essentials LatAm
  • Brenntag Essentials APAC
  • Brenntag Essentials China & Hong Kong
  • Controlling Brenntag Essentials
  • Global Key Account Management
  • Global Sourcing & Supply Brenntag Essentials
  • Brenntag International Chemicals
CareerSince 2020COO Brenntag Essentials and Member of the Board of Management, Brenntag SE, Essen, Germany
1998 - 2020Various positions at Brenntag Group in Latin America, Central America, North America, and Germany: amongst others President & CEO Brenntag North and Latin America, COO North America, President Canada, Regional Managing Director Mexico & Central America, Managing Director Peru, Commercial Director Venezuela
1994 - 1998Senior Policy Maker, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands
Education and Training
2010Certificate Mergers & Acquisitions, University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School, Philadelphia, USA
1992 - 1993Business Economics, International Trade & Economic History (M.Sc.), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
1989 - 1992Economics & History (B.Sc.), University of Essex, Colchester, UK
Supervisory Board mandates at non-group companies or comparable functionsNone.

Ewout van Jarwaarde

Chief Transformation Officer

Chief Transformation Officer and Member of the Board of Management of Brenntag SE

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Year of birth: 1983
  • Place of birth: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ewout van Jarwaarde
Member of the Board of Management since January 1, 2021
Specific expertise and experienceEwout van Jarwaarde has several years of executive management experience driving growth, transforming organizations, and driving commercial and operational excellence. Ewout van Jarwaarde has been building digital- and data-driven capabilities across various industries globally to unlock value for customers and supply partners.
Responsibilities
  • Digital Transformation
  • Data & Analytics
  • Core IT Platforms
  • Digital Business Architecture
  • Information Security
  • Brenntag Excellence
  • Transformation Office (incl. Project Brenntag)
  • Indirect Procurement & Procurement Excellence
  • E2E Deployment
  • Controlling CTO Domain
CareerSince 2021CTO and Member of the Board of Management, Brenntag SE, Essen, Germany
2017 - 2020CEO, CarNext B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008 - 2017Partner (from 2014) and various positions between 2008 - 2014 at McKinsey & Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Education and Training
2009 - 2010MBA, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, USA
2001 - 2007Industrial Engineering and Management (M.Sc.), University of Twente, The Netherlands
2001 - 2007Chemical Engineering (M.Sc.), University of Twente, The Netherlands
Supervisory Board mandates at non-group companies or comparable functionsNone.