General Management Team Members in Mondo Minerals B.V.
Dr. Christian Kather serves as Chief Executive Officer and has held this position since 15th of May 2011. He joined the company in March 2010 and served as Chief Operating Officer until taking over as CEO. Mr. Kather is a member of the Board of Directors. He has a business education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD and a PhD in International Law from the University of Münster, Germany. Previously, he worked as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Evonik Degussa Corp., in Parsippany, NJ. There he was heading the Business Unit Coatings and Additives and was responsible for the global pigment dispersion business. Before that he held a number of senior executive positions within the Degussa Group, both in Europe and the USA, involving performance chemicals, colorants and coatings.
Mr. Wietze van Dijk has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Mondo Mineral from September 01, 2011. After his graduation (master’s degree in business economics) at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, he started his professional career with Canon Europe as budget analyst and moved three years later to Sony Europe as senior Manager Accounting & Control. Prior to joining Mondo Minerals B.V. he has held senior executive positions at Telegate AG in Munich, Reader’s Digest in Amsterdam, MACH Sarl in Luxemburg and AJAX Chubb Varel in Amsterdam.
Dr. Michael Blümer serves as Global Marketing Manager Industrials Business, and he has held this position since 1999. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wuppertal in Germany. Prior to his current position, he was employed by Omya GmbH, and there he held positions as Technical Support Manager, Product Manager, and Technical Consultant.
Mr. Jouni Leppänen serves as Global Marketing Manager Paper Business, and he has been employed in this position since 1997. He joined the company in June 1995 and his first position was as Export Manager for the paper industry. Prior to this, he worked as Director Water Treatment Group, Nalco Chemical Company Finland throughout the years 1988 to 1995. He has a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from University of Turku, Finland.
Mr. Paul Mosely has served as Manager Foreign Projects, East Asia region since he joined the company in November 2010. He has Ph.D in Technology from Edinburgh University in Scotland with fieldwork at Tsinghua University in China. He has worked as Chief Representative for China in Tenova SpA, a global supplier of advanced technologies, products and services for metal and mining industries. Before that he worked in Lurgi Öl-Gas-Chemie GmbH, a leading international technology company, as Vice President, Sales and Marketing in JV Subsidiary in Beijing.
Mr. René Brugman has served as Group Supply Chain Manager since he joined the company in July 2010. Mr. Brugman is also responsible for Global Purchasing and Capacity Management. His previous position was Supply Chain Manager in ASEP. Prior to that, he was EMEA Distribution Center Manager and Planning Manager for Apple Computers. Before joining Apple, he enjoyed an extensive career in the Smiths Food Group (part of PepsiCo), where he served as Supply Chain Manager Northern Europe.
Mr. Mika Perälä serves as Group Operations Manager, and he has held this position since April 2010. He joined the company in September 2005 and served as Production Manager Finland until April 2010. He has an MSc in Technology/Process Engineering/Production Technology and Process Development from the University of Oulu, Finland. Previously he worked as Manufacture and Technology Manager in Kemira GrowHow Oy. Prior to that, he worked as Production Manager in Kemira Denmark A/S and Development Engineer in Kemira Chemicals Oy.
Mrs. Anu Kemppainen serves as Group SEQ Manager and has been in this position since April 2010. She joined the company in November 2003, serving as SEQ Manager Finland until appointed Group SEQ Manager. She has an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Oulu, Finland. Previously, she was Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Orion Pharma, Kuopio in Finland.
Mrs. Ritva Piipponen serves as Group Human Resources Manager and has occupied this position since October 2009. Before being appointed Group HR Manager, Mrs. Piipponen was responsible for Human Resources for Finland and, additionally, she enjoyed group coordination responsibilities. She joined the company in 1995 and held the positions of Accounting Manager, Business Analyst, and Project Manager Finland. Prior to that, she worked as a lecturer in the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. She has an MSc in Business Administration/Business Law and Accounting from the University of Vaasa, Finland.
Mr Ajeeth Enjeti has been appointed Chief Transformation Officer of Mondo Minerals from December 01, 2011. He has a Bachelor of Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, a Master's of Science (specialization in Marketing) from the University in Delhi and an MBA (specialization General Management and Strategy ) from IMS Switzerland. He worked as a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company in Sweden from 2008 until the end of 2011. Before that he held positions in the technology and consumer products industries with Pepsico India Holdings, IBM India and IBM Middle East GMSR.
Mr Thierry Louisnard has served as Head of Process Development since December 01, 2011. Mr Louisnard holds an Engineering ESEM degree from Polytech Orleans in France and a Master in Business Management from IAE Toulouse (France). He is a senior manager with over 25 years of experience in mining operations, specializing in minerals processing. From 1987 until 2010 he worked for RIO TINTO Mining Group.