The people driving Borealis to success represent a rich mixture of backgrounds, cultures, skills and competencies. The company employs more than 6,900 well-educated professionals from over 30 nations and, including its joint ventures, operates in over a dozen countries. Diversity is also reflected in the international nature of Borealis' owners and in the backgrounds of its Executive Board.
Chief Executive (CEO)
Thomas Gangl was appointed as the new Borealis CEO in April 2021. Prior to joining Borealis, Thomas was Executive Board Member of OMV, responsible for Refining & Petrochemical Operations at OMV since 2019.
With more than 20 years of experience at OMV, Thomas has not only played a significant part in shaping the company’s refining and petrochemicals business but was also responsible for establishing chemical recycling and thereby laying the foundation for OMV’s circular economy strategy.
Thomas Gangl began his OMV career in 1998 as a process engineer at the Schwechat refinery after studying process engineering at the Vienna University of Technology (Vienna, Austria) and mechanical engineering at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK). In 2011, he became General Manager of OMV Deutschland GmbH and Site Manager in Burghausen, Germany. In 2014 he was appointed as Site Manager in Schwechat and 2016 he took over the role as Senior Vice President of the Business Unit Refining & Petrochemicals with responsibility for all three OMV refineries.
Thomas Gangl is an Austrian citizen. He is married and has a son.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Mark J. S. Tonkens joined Borealis in 2009, and since November 2014 held the position as CFO. Before that he held the position of Senior Vice President Group Controlling. He has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Business Economics and a post graduate Chartered Accountant (Register accountant) degree from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Before joining Borealis he fulfilled a number of senior management roles in the Royal Philips group as CFO and Senior Vice President of various major global Business Units or Country Organisations located from the Netherlands and Greece in Europe to Taiwan and Hong Kong in Asia.
Mark Tonkens is a Dutch citizen, married, has three children and lives in Vienna, Austria.
Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology
In January 2019, Lucrèce Foufopoulos was appointed to the Borealis Executive Board as Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology.
Lucrèce Foufopoulos joins Borealis after a career of more than 20 years in the chemical and petrochemical industry. Most recently, she served Eastman Chemical as Vice President & General Manager of the Rubber Additives business unit. Prior to joining Eastman Chemical, Lucrèce Foufopoulos held a variety of positions at multinationals, including Dow Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Dow Corning and Tyco. She is also a board member of Royal Vopak, the world’s leading independent tank storage company.
Lucrèce Foufopoulos holds a European Master’s degree in Polymer and Composites Engineering from the University of Leuven, a Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Ghent, both in Belgium, and executive business education from Insead in Paris, France and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Lucrèce Foufopoulos is married and holds dual Belgian-Swiss citizenship.
Executive Vice President Base Chemicals & Operations
Martijn van Koten was appointed Executive Vice President in 2013 and is responsible for Base Chemicals and Operations.
He joined Borealis after a distinguished and varied career of more than 19 years at Shell, which has given him broad experience covering the disciplines of Manufacturing, Technical Service, R&D and Strategic Development. As a member of Shell’s Global Manufacturing leadership team in his most recent role as Vice President Manufacturing East, based in Singapore, he represented Asia and the Middle East in the Global Manufacturing organisation and was responsible for Shell’s refineries, petrochemical plants and manufacturing joint ventures in the region. Prior to this assignment he fulfilled various roles ranging from Production Unit Manager, Project Manager and two times Site General Manager across several locations in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Russia, Sweden and Singapore.
Martijn van Koten has a Masters (Ir) degree in Chemical Technology from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He is married and has two daughters.
Executive Vice President Middle East and Growth Projects
Philippe Roodhooft was appointed Executive Vice President Middle East and Growth Projects in November 2017.
He first joined Neste Chemicals in 1990 as a project engineer in Beringen, Belgium. After the merger with Statoil he became responsible for plant management in Borealis Kallo and later on in Beringen. He moved to Vienna, Austria in 2007 and since then fulfilled several senior management positions as General Manager for the Central European production sites, Senior Vice President Operations for the Borealis group of companies and Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Product Management for Polyolefins. In 2013 Philippe moved to Borouge ADP in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as Chief Operating Officer.
He holds a Master degree Cum Laude in Applied Science from the “Katholieke Universiteit Leuven”, Belgium with a specialisation in Production Management and Electro Mechanical Engineering. Philippe was born in 1963 and is a Belgian citizen. He is married, has 2 children and lives in Vienna, Austria.
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