Executive Management

Charlie Shaver

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Member of the Executive Committee

Charlie Shaver is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Nouryon. 

Mr. Shaver joined Nouryon in 2018 and has been instrumental in its transformation to a stand-alone company (following its separation from AkzoNobel) and in driving its growth performance.

Prior to Nouryon, he 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. He 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 (NYSE: SLCA), a global industrial minerals and logistics leader, and a member of the board of directors of Nobian, a privately held industrial chemicals business headquartered in Europe. 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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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 these business lines: Agricultural & Food, Engineered Polymers, Home & Personal Care, Inorganic Specialties, Intermediates, Natural Resources, and Paints & Coatings. He also oversees Nouryon’s activities throughout 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 Strategy and Technology Solutions and President Europe

Johan Landfors is Executive Vice President Strategy and Technology Solutions and President Europe at Nouryon. He is responsible for the company's strategy and asset planning and the Technology Solutions business, which is comprised of two business lines: Polymer Catalysts 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 of 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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Paresh Bhakta

Senior Vice President and Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer

Paresh Bhakta is Senior Vice President and Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer at Nouryon. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s Health and Safety, Procurement and Corporate Supply Chain functions and global manufacturing network that includes 57 sites worldwide.

Mr. Bhakta joined Nouryon in 2020 from Henkel, where he was the Senior Vice President of Operations. He has also held a variety of senior operational leadership roles at DSM and Celanese. Through his career at DSM and Celanese, he has lived and worked in the Netherlands and China in addition to the US. Mr. Bhakta has more than two decades of experience in operations with a focus on global manufacturing management, process engineering, and supply chain. Additionally, he has mentored young engineers entering the workforce for nearly 10 years.

Mr. Bhakta has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Philip Clark

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Philip Clark is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Nouryon. He is responsible for the company’s global technology and innovation strategies in alignment with the company’s sustainability and growth targets. He also serves as the business leader that builds research capabilities in support of the company’s strategic direction.

Mr. Clark joined Nouryon in 2022 from 3M, where he was the Vice President and Technical Director for the 3M Automotive and Aerospace Solutions Division. He has held a variety of senior technical leadership roles at 3M. Through his career at 3M, he lived and worked in South Korea, in addition to the US. Mr. Clark has more than 20 years’ experience in technology development and product commercialization with a focus on product development, process technology and new product introduction portfolio management.

Mr. Clark serves as a member of the Conference Board’s Innovation and Digital Transformation Institute and the Product and Services Leadership Council.

Mr. Clark has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University as well as a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Bates College where he was a Dana Apprentice Chemical Fellow.

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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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Rajeev Rao

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Rajeev Rao is Senior Vice President of 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 of Transformation and Strategy and 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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Suzanne M. Carroll

Senior Vice President, Home and Personal Care

Suzanne Carroll is the Senior Vice President of Home and Personal Care at Nouryon. She is responsible for the Home and Personal Care Business, which provides a broad array of specialty ingredients for the home, industrial and institutional, and personal care markets, including surfactants, chelates, antimicrobials, synthetic and biopolymers.

Ms. Carroll joined Nouryon in 2019 from DuPont, where she was Corporate Innovation Strategy Director and previously Global Business Director, Performance Solutions. Prior to DuPont, she spent nine years at the Dow Chemical Company, where she led multiple businesses, including Dow Microbial Control and Dow Food, Pharma and Medical. She started her career at specialty chemicals manufacturer Rohm and Haas, where she worked for 19 years in research and development and a variety of commercial roles.

Ms. Carroll is a board member of the American Cleaning Institute. In the past, she served as Chairperson for the Microbial Control Executive Council, which is a sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), and she is a former board member of Viance, a joint venture between parent companies International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and Venator Materials PLC.

Ms. Carroll holds a B.S. honors degree in Chemistry from Saint Joseph's University in Pennsylvania.

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