Executive Management

Charlie Shaver

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Charlie Shaver is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Nouryon. He has been instrumental in its transformation to a stand-alone company (following its separation from AkzoNobel) and in driving its growth.

Prior to joining Nouryon in 2018, Mr. Shaver served as Chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., a global coatings company. He was also an Operating Partner of private equity firms Golden Gate Capital and The Carlyle Group, as well as CEO and President of the TPC Group Inc. Mr. Shaver began his career with The Dow Chemical Company, where he held a series of operational, engineering and business positions from 1980 to 1996.

Mr. Shaver is currently Chairman of the Board of U.S. Silica, a global industrial minerals and logistics leader, a member of the board of directors of Atotech, a specialty chemicals company, and a member of the board of directors of Nobian, Nouryon’s former Industrial Chemicals business. He also serves as a mentor to veterans under a Nouryon partnership program with American Corporate Partners. In the past, he served on the boards of several public companies and industry organizations, including the American Chemistry Council and the American Coatings Association.

Mr. Shaver has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Renier Vree

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Renier Vree is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Nouryon. He has executive oversight of the company’s Finance and Information Management functions.

Mr. Vree joined Nouryon in 2018 from Arcadis, a publicly listed global design, engineering and management consulting company, where he served for eight years as Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the Board of Management, as well as for six months as interim CEO. He started his career at Royal Philips N.V. in 1987, where he held managerial and finance positions, including CFO and Executive Vice President at Philips Lighting.

Mr. Vree is a member of the board of directors of Nobian, as well as Chairman of the Board of the post-graduate program Executive Master of Finance and Control (EMFC) at Maastricht University, and Chairman of the Committee of the “Future Role of the CFO” at the Association of Register Controllers (VRC) in the Netherlands.

Mr. Vree has a degree in Quantitative Business Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and a post-master’s degree as a Registered Controller from the Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Michael Finn

Executive Vice President, Business Affairs,
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Michael Finn is Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Nouryon. He oversees Legal, Compliance, Executive Compensation, Communications, ESG and Government Affairs.

Mr. Finn joined Nouryon in 2018 and has nearly 30 years of legal experience. Prior to Nouryon, he spent six years as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Axalta Coatings Systems, and 11 years at General Dynamics, where he held a number of positions, including as General Counsel for Advanced Information Systems, Senior Counsel at GD’s corporate headquarters, and General Counsel and Director of Ethics and Export Compliance at GD’s European subsidiary in London, England. He also held a variety of other legal positions, including an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission.

Mr. Finn is a member of the board of directors of Nobian. He was recognized with the 2018 General Counsel Impact Award by The Legal Intelligencer and has led legal departments that have received numerous awards and commendations. He provides pro bono legal services to several groups, helping writers, artists and creators in need of legal aid and assistance. He also serves as a mentor to veterans under a Nouryon partnership program with American Corporate Partners.

Mr. Finn graduated with honors with a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University and graduated cum laude from New York University’s School of Law.

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Richard Elder

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Growth and Chief Transformation Officer

Richard Elder is Executive Vice President, Strategy & Growth and Chief Transformation Officer at Nouryon. He is responsible for helping to develop and integrate Nouryon’s Global Transformation program, with a focus on Strategy, Growth and Commercial Excellence.

Mr. Elder joined Nouryon in 2019 after a 25-year career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior partner in its Washington, D.C., office and a leader in its Transformation, Private Equity and Organization practices. He brings extensive experience in transformation processes and strategy development and has applied his private- and public-sector experience to help global industrial, manufacturing, aerospace and defense organizations develop new strategies and implement large-scale transformations. He started his career as an officer for the US Air Force.

Mr. Elder has been a board member for more than 10 years with Athletes for Hope, which connects professional athletes with charitable causes.

Mr. Elder holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA with honors from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

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Larry Ryan

Executive Vice President and President, Performance Formulations and the Americas

Larry Ryan is Executive Vice President and President of Performance Formulations and the Americas at Nouryon. He is responsible for the Performance Formulations Business, which is comprised of five business lines: Agricultural, Home & Personal Care, Construction, Natural Resources, and Intermediates. He also oversees Nouryon’s activities in the Americas.

Mr. Ryan joined Nouryon in 2019 from The Dow Chemical Company where he was Business President, North America and Growth Platforms & Technologies. At Dow, he previously held the positions of Business President, Transportation, Business President of Energy and Water Solutions, and Global Director of Oil, Gas and Mining. Prior to Dow, he worked at Halliburton as its Global Manager for Water Treatment. Mr. Ryan also served as CEO of SulphCo Inc. and, before that, spent eight years with General Electric, where he held a variety of technical and commercial leadership positions.

Mr. Ryan is a board member of the American Chemistry Council, and a former member of the board for PFLAG, the largest organization in the US that unites families, allies and people who are LGBTQ+. In 2018, Financial Times recognized him as one of the Top 50 Leading Ally Executives.

Mr. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

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Johan Landfors

Executive Vice President and President, Technology Solutions and Europe

Johan Landfors is Executive Vice President and President, Technology Solutions and Europe at Nouryon. He is responsible for the Technology Solutions Business, which is comprised of five business lines: Polymer Catalysts, Specialty Oxidants, Inorganic Specialties, Engineering Polymers and Renewable Fibers. He also oversees Nouryon’s activities in Europe.

Mr. Landfors started his career in R&D and manufacturing at Eka Chemicals in Sundsvall, Sweden, before it became part of Nouryon’s predecessor. Prior to taking on the role of Managing Director of Polymer Chemistry, he was the general manager of the company’s surfactants business in EMEIA (Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa) and in the Americas, and held senior executive positions in the Pulp and Performance Chemicals business unit.

Mr. Landfors is Chairman of the Public Affairs Advisory Forum of CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, and a member of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and a board member of the employers’ organization Innovation and Chemical Industries (IKEM) in Sweden.

Mr. Landfors holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and a Ph.D degree in Electrochemical Engineering, partially completed at Texas A&M University.

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Sobers Sethi

Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets and China

Sobers Sethi is Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets and China at Nouryon. He is responsible for accelerating the growth of the company’s businesses in emerging markets (Asia Pacific, the Middle East
and Africa) and China.

Mr. Sethi joined Nouryon in 2020 from Axalta Coatings System and its predecessor company. He was instrumental in the carve-out of Axalta from its former owner. Prior to that, he also managed his family's automotive businesses.

Mr. Sethi studied Economics at Clark University and has an MBA from Cass Business School in London, England.

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Tift Shepherd

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Tift Shepherd is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Nouryon. She is responsible for leading Nouryon’s overall human resource strategy, talent acquisition and development, and HR operations
and technology.

Ms. Shepherd joined Nouryon and its predecessor company in 2007 and has worked in multiple offices in Sweden, the Netherlands and the US. She has served as General Counsel and Regional Compliance Officer in the Americas, and as General Counsel for the Performance Formulations Business.

Before joining Nouryon, Ms. Shepherd spent almost 10 years in private practice as an associate and partner with Troutman Pepper LLP in Atlanta in its Corporate and Securities practice group.

Ms. Shepherd received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her law degree from the University of Georgia.

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Robert King

Senior Vice President and Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer

Robert King is Senior Vice President and Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer at Nouryon. He is responsible for the company’s Health and Safety, Procurement and Corporate Supply Chain functions, which support the strategies of the businesses, including manufacturing, capital projects and engineering, as well as operational and environmental sustainability and sustainable sourcing.

Mr. King joined Nouryon in 2020 from PPG Industries, a Fortune 500 company, where he was Vice President of Global Operations, Industrial Segment. He has also held leadership roles at Nutrien, a leading agricultural manufacturing and retail company, where he led Nitrogen Operations and later created a global supply chain for the world’s largest agriculture retail business. He started his career at Celanese, a global specialty chemical company, where he worked in the US, China and the UK. He has more than two decades of experience in global supply chain and manufacturing management, and leadership expertise in implementing foundational operations excellence across technologies and industries.

Mr. King is a Former Chair and Chair Emeritus of the Texas Tech Chemical Engineering External Advisory Board. He also serves as a mentor to young professionals entering the workforce.

Mr. King has an Executive MBA and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

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Vivi Hollertt

Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer

Vivi Hollertt is Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer at Nouryon. She is responsible for developing and overseeing Nouryon’s Global Sustainability agenda, including chairing its Global Sustainability Network. She also leads the company’s Global Communications function, which includes overseeing the company brand, internal communications, media relations, crisis communications, and digital communications.

Ms. Hollertt joined Nouryon and its predecessor company in 2014. Prior to that, she worked for FleishmanHillard, a global communications agency, where she was a Director for international accounts at several multinationals, including Royal Philips N.V. She was also a spokesperson for Heineken International.

Ms. Hollertt serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Nouryon Women’s Network.

Ms. Hollertt graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in International Communication Management from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Communication Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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Samantha Dreilinger

Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity

Samantha Dreilinger is Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity at Nouryon. She leads the global Compliance function, which monitors compliance with anti-corruption, antitrust/competition law, ethics, data privacy and trade/ export control rules and regulations and ensures that Nouryon and its business partners uphold their commitment to ethical business conduct. She is also responsible for developing and overseeing Nouryon’s strategy for Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) which supports the company’s diverse, respectful and inclusive workplace.

Ms. Dreilinger joined Nouryon in 2019 from PVH Corp., the parent company of global fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, where she ran the global compliance program. Prior to PVH, she worked in private practice with the Government Investigations group of the international law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Washington, D.C., and the White-Collar Defense group at the Korean law firm Kim & Chang in Seoul, South Korea.

Ms. Dreilinger serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Nouryon Women’s Network.

Ms. Dreilinger received a B.M. in Jazz Saxophone Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Rajeev Rao

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Rajeev Rao is Senior Vice President Corporate Development at Nouryon. He is responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) across Nouryon and works closely with our businesses to develop and execute our M&A and inorganic growth strategies.

Mr. Rao joined Nouryon in 2019 with an extensive industrial and consulting background in the chemicals sector. Before joining Nouryon, he spent several years at Axalta Coating Systems, most recently as Vice President of Global Powder Coatings. Prior to that, he led Axalta’s Strategy and Business Development group and was responsible for driving an ambitious acquisition program which enabled entry into several attractive end markets. Prior to Axalta, Mr. Rao held senior roles at Halliburton Company and McKinsey & Company. He started his career in research and development at AkzoNobel.

Mr. Rao has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Egbert Henstra

Senior Vice President, Transformation and Strategy, Performance Formulations and the Netherlands

Egbert Henstra is Senior Vice President, Transformation and Strategy, Performance Formulations at Nouryon. He is responsible for leading the Transformation and Strategy activities in the Performance Formulations business and oversees Nouryon’s activities in the Netherlands.

Mr. Henstra started his career at Akzo before it became part of Nouryon’s predecessor company. He worked as a market research consultant in the carpet fibers business, then held a variety of financial and general management positions before taking on a leadership role as Managing Director of the Global Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business headquartered in Shanghai, China. He also acted as Country Director China.

Mr. Henstra has been a board member of the Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) since 2019.

Mr. Henstra studied Business Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has a postgraduate Controllers qualification from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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