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)
In April 2018, Alfred Stern was appointed CEO effective 2 July 2018. Alfred Stern held the position of Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology since 2012.
Alfred Stern joined Borealis as Senior Vice President Innovation & Technology in 2008, coming from E.I. Du Pont de Nemours where he held several leadership positions in the areas of research and development, sales and marketing, and quality and business management in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. In his last assignment, he was Global Business Manager of a business unit in Engineering Polymers in the United States.
He holds a PhD in material science and a Master's Degree in polymer engineering and science, both from the University of Leoben in Austria.
Alfred Stern has been awarded, among others, the H.F. Mark Medal, the DuPont Award for a new product patent and a Prize of Honour from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research.
An Austrian citizen, he is married and has two children.
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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