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: Jackie was most recently 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 Co-operative 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 innovation, research, product development, marketing and business development.

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 new role she will 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.

Sarah Voaden

Group Human Resources Director

Sarah joined Devro in December 2014, bringing 30 years of experience across a broad range of technology-based industry sectors. A metallurgist and mechanical engineer holding operational roles for 12 years, she subsequently held responsibility for executive level, global HR management positions. Sarah brings with her a practical understanding of how to develop organisational effectiveness and strong leadership teams. She holds FCIPD, FIMechE, executive coaching and mediation practice qualifications.

Kevin Shoemaker

Group Supply Chain Director

Kevin joined Devro in September 2016 as we transitioned to a global supply chain. He brings 38 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 newly created role of Global Commercial Director. He brings with him a wealth of experience in global commercial roles in business-to-business environments, and has worked for companies including Dow, Trinseo and Amcor.

Peter’s appointment is the final step towards a truly global commercial structure and a key enabler for achieving our growth ambition as part of our 3Cs strategy.


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