Rutger Helbing

Chief Executive Officer

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, he 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, consumer-facing 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.

Jackie Callaway

Chief Financial Officer

Jackie joined Devro as Chief Financial Officer on 1 May 2018.

Experience: Prior to joining the Company, Jackie was Group Financial Controller of Brambles Limited, the ASX top 20 supply chain logistics company, where she led Brambles global finance transformation programme. Between 2008 and 2013 she was Chief Financial Officer of Consolidated Minerals Limited, the manganese ore producer, where she led a $405 million refinancing and was responsible for investor relations. Jackie has also held further senior finance roles at, amongst others, Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited, New Zealand’s leading dairy producer. Jackie served on the Australian Financial Reporting Council between May 2016 and June 2018.

Skills: Jackie is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She brings broad financial, business and international experience to the Board.

Michael Lauesgaard

Group Business Development Director
Michael joined the Company in February 2016 as Group Business Development Director, assuming overall responsibility for end-to-end product management including R&D, product portfolio and partnership. Prior to joining Devro, Michael has spent his career building expertise through marketing, business development and sales functions, latterly in Chr. Hansen and Novozymes.

Beverley Munro

Group Business Excellence Director

Beverley, a qualified Chartered Accountant, has worked with Devro for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience through various roles including commercial, general management, finance and supply chain. Until 2016, she ran the Devro Pty business in Bathurst, Australia, overseeing major restructuring and expansion and up to 2018 she led the development of customer relationships in the Asia Pacific region, leading to significant sales growth. In her current role she will continue to drive the implementation of new processes and enhanced use of existing tools to support the management of the integrated global business and delivery of the 3Cs strategy. Given her broad experience within the business she is well positioned for this role.

Kevin Shoemaker

Group Supply Chain Director
Kevin joined Devro in September 2016 as we transitioned to a global supply chain. He brings 39 years of international supply chain and manufacturing experience to Devro and is responsible for sourcing, making and delivering products to our customers. Prior to this he was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Purac/Corbion, where he was responsible for 10 manufacturing sites and global supply chain activities. His 15 years in the lactic acid and derivatives industry with Corbion were preceded by 20 years in corn wet milling, the majority of which were spent with Cargill. Kevin is a graduate from Iowa State University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering.

Peter Whitmore

Global Commercial Director

Peter joined Devro in November 2018 in the new role of Global Commercial Director. He has a wealth of experience in global commercial roles in businessto-business environments, and has worked for companies including Dow, Trinseo and Amcor.

He has overall responsibility for leading our global commercial team to enable the achievement of our growth ambition as part of our 3Cs strategy.

Anton Zawada

Group Human Resources Director

Anton joined Devro in April 2020, bringing over 25 years of experience in human resources from within the FMCG and food industry. Previously, Anton was with Tate & Lyle from 2016 where he was HR Director Global Corporate Functions partnering with Finance, IS/IT, Strategy, Legal, Corporate Affairs and HR to set and deliver on their respective global functional people strategies, as well as more recently providing leadership to Global Security and Facilities.

Prior to this Anton spent four years with AB Mauri as Regional HR Director for their International Region, 17 years with British American Tobacco in a variety of local, regional and global roles, and three years with Sheffield Consulting, an HR Consultancy in New Zealand.

Anton has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

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