Steve joined Devro on 1 June 2019
Experience: Steve has international experience in speciality chemicals businesses, manufacturing and diverse industrial markets. Steve was Chief Executive Officer at Low & Bonar plc from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Low & Bonar, Steve spent 10 years with BTP plc (now part of Clariant) in a variety of leadership positions managing international speciality chemicals businesses. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Zotefoams plc and he is also a Non-Executive Director of Elementis plc, where he chairs the Remuneration Committee. Previously Steve was a Non-Executive Director at Cape plc, Anglian Water Services Ltd and Dialight plc.
Skills: Steve brings with him from both his executive and non-executive career considerable experience of international and industrial businesses. He is a Chartered Accountant.
Steve is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Rutger joined Devro as Group Finance Director in April 2016 and became Chief Executive Officer on 28 February 2018.
Experience: Prior to joining the Company, Ruger was Group Chief Financial Officer of Element Six, the global leader in manufacturing synthetic diamond supermaterials. Previously, Rutger held senior positions in finance and general management with ICI/Akzo Nobel and Unilever. He holds a postgraduate finance degree from the Free University of Amsterdam and a degree in economics from the Erasmus University.
Skills: Rutger brings broad experience from having worked in a wide range of international businesses with exposure to food manufacturing, consumerfacing businesses and in business-to-business environments. Having both worked in broad finance roles and in general management he has also wide functional experience.
Rutger is Chairman of the Non-Executive Directors’ Remuneration Committee.
Rohan joined Devro as Chief Financial Officer on 1 December 2020.
Experience: Prior to joining the Company, Rohan was Chief Financial Officer of Asahi International, part of Asahi Group Holdings, the Japanese global beer, spirits, soft drinks and food business group. Between 2002 and 2016 Rohan held a range of finance roles with SABMiller, living and working in Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, Russia, the UK and South Africa. He played an important role in the carve-out of the businesses acquired by Asahi Group in 2016 as part of the ABInbev acquisition of SABMiller and is a commercially focused finance leader with a track record of making significant contributions to successful growth initiatives across a number of businesses in both mature and emerging markets.
Skills: Rohan is a Chartered Accountant has an MBA and brings to the Board a broad finance and international background.
Lesley joined Devro on 1 May 2020.
Experience: Lesley was the Group Chief Financial Officer for Stock Spirits PLC from 2011 to 2017, prior to which she held similar positions at William Grant & Sons, and at United Breweries (an Indian listed public company). She is a non-executive director of Aberforth Split Level Income Trust plc and of The Artisanal Spirits Company plc (where she also chairs the Audit Committee). She has served as non-executive director of Trackwise Designs PLC (where she also chaired both the Audit and Remuneration Committees). Lesley is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG.
Skills: Lesley’s extensive finance and business experience from her roles in international manufacturing businesses is a valuable addition to support the development and execution of the Company’s growth strategy.
Lesley is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Jeremy joined Devro on 1 May 2020.
Experience: Jeremy is Executive Vice President at Roquette Group, a privately owned global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins. He has headed their global commercial function and overseen their four business units for the last five years. During that time, he has driven a global strategic, operational and organisational change programme across the company. Prior to this, he spent more than 20 years with Dow Corning in a variety of global business and commercial leadership roles, which included 10 years establishing and growing speciality businesses in Asia.
Skills: Jeremy’s extensive business leadership experience in international nutrition, health and speciality chemicals adds skills and insights that are invaluable to support the development and execution of the Company’s growth strategy.
Chantal joined Devro on 1 January 2021.
Experience: Chantal joined Kellogg’s European business in 2018 as Vice President leading the R&D and Innovation team. During her international career working with global food manufacturers she helped shape commercial strategies through product innovation. Working in a variety of roles over 16 years at Danone, she developed considerable expertise in the successful delivery of customer-focused innovation. She subsequently spent seven years leading Group Bel’s research, innovation and development where her leadership and approach to product innovation played a pivotal role in reinvigorating the brand, enabling the business to grow beyond its traditional core cheese markets.
Skills: Chantal holds a doctorate in Biotechnology Chemical Engineering Sciences bringing to the Board extensive experience of successful product innovation in international food manufacturing businesses.
Malcolm was appointed to the Board at the AGM on 26 April 2017.
Experience: Malcolm is President, Global Flavour Solutions, International-EMEA and Chief Administrative Officer of McCormick & Company Inc., a global leader in flavour listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He leads McCormick’s Flavour Solutions business globally as well as the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (‘EMEA’) Region. He also oversees Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, McCormick’s Business Transformation Programme, IT, Corporate Communications, Global quality and McCormick’s Sustainability Strategy. He was previously responsible for all of McCormick’s operations outside the Americas.
Skills: Malcolm brings his expertise in the food industry to the Devro Board in both the consumer and industrial sectors, along with significant experience of international business. Malcolm is Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee and of the Executive Directors’ Remuneration Committee.