Leadership Team


Paul Waterman

Chief Executive Officer

Joined Elementis: February 2016

Paul has a proven track record in developing markets, products and opportunities for creating value, business optimisation and transformation. Paul’s global experience provides the skill set required to deliver the Company’s strategy and provide inspiring leadership. Prior to joining Elementis, Paul was global CEO of the BP Lubricants business in 2013 after having overseen the BP Australia/New Zealand downstream business. In 2010, Paul was country president of Australia. Prior to this he was CEO of BP’s global aviation, industrial, marine and energy lubricants businesses (2009 to 2010) and CEO of BP Lubricants Americas (2007 to 2009). He joined BP after it acquired Burmah-Castrol in 2000, having joined the latter in 1994 after roles at Reckitt Benckiser and Kraft Foods. Paul holds a BSc in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Ralph Hewins

Chief Financial Officer

Joined Elementis: September 2016

Ralph was appointed CFO-Designate and Executive Director on 12 September 2016 and became the Elementis Group CFO on 1 November 2016.

Ralph is an accomplished CFO who has a strong track record in finance, strategy development and implementation, and M&A which enables him to provide effective financial leadership to underpin the delivery of the Reignite Growth strategy.

Ralph had a 30 year career with BP, where he held a number of significant leadership positions, including roles in financial management, sales and marketing, corporate development, M&A, strategy and planning. In 2010, Ralph was CFO of BP Lubricants and served on the board of Castrol India Limited from 2010 until 2016.

Ralph holds an MA in Modern History and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD.

Luc van Ravenstein

SVP Global Performance Specialties

Joined Elementis: February 2012

Luc is responsible for leading the Performance Specialties business, which combines the segments previously known as Global Coatings, Energy and Talc. Previously, he led the Global Coatings business through the transformation programme and drove the execution of its growth strategies.

Luc started his career with Elementis leading the Personal Care and Surfactants businesses following leadership positions at specialty chemicals company Croda.

Luc has an MSc degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and a Professional Doctorate in Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Stijn Dejonckheere

SVP Global Personal Care

Joined Elementis: November 2007

Stijn is responsible for the leadership of the Personal Care business which includes Cosmetics and AP Actives businesses. Stijn is an accomplished leader who has demonstrated an ability to build and lead high-performing commercial teams. Stijn spent many years developing his career at Elementis in various positions in our Personal Care and Coatings business, most recently as Director Global Sales Personal Care. Prior to Elementis, he also held leading commercial roles at Capsugel, now Lonza, and Barentz. His leadership skills combined with strong commercial experience and focus on customer relationships will be key to ensure successful execution of our strategy and the acceleration of growth in our Personal Care segment. Stijn holds Master degrees in Bio-Engineering from Ghent University and Agro-Management from Montpellier SupAgro and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program from the Wharton School.   

Arthur Norman

SVP Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Joined Elementis: April 2023

Arthur brings a strong passion for safety, driving end-to-end supply chain performance and building high performing teams.

Arthur is responsible for supply chain, manufacturing, capital projects, quality and health and safety.

Arthur joined Elementis following a 25 year career at DuPont, where he was Global Integrated Operations Leader for Water and Protection.  Prior to this Arthur performed the same role for the Electronics and Industrial Platform at DuPont.  He has gained extensive experience in operational excellence through leading large manufacturing facilities, implementing continuous improvement programmes globally and leading international teams.

Arthur has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia.

Joe Lupia

SVP Global Technology

Joined Elementis: January 2019

Joe joined in 2019 to run Global R&D and Product Stewardship. His former commercial experiences enable him to ensure our innovation pipeline is capable of delivering both technical and financial success. Joe is responsible for collaborating with the business leaders to develop new technologies that enhance our customers’ product performance as it pertains to the quality, sustainability and efficiency needs of our partners. Joe has 30 years’ experience in the chemicals industry and joined us from BASF where he had many different technical and commercial roles over his 24 year tenure. Joe has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Seton Hall University.

Chris Shepherd

Chief Human Resources Officer

Joined Elementis: November 2017

Chris leads the Group Human Resources and Communications function and is responsible for talent, succession, HR operations, reward programmes and internal communications. Chris’ focus is on embedding the Company’s culture and values throughout the organisation, developing internal talent and standardising our global people processes. Chris has over 20 years’ experience of global human resources gained in a mix of privately held US and UK listed plcs with the first 12 years of his career in manufacturing and supply chain. Chris holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool.

Anna Lawrence

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

Joined Elementis: March 2021

Anna has responsibility for all legal and compliance matters across the Group and is the Group Company Secretary. Anna also serves as the Group’s Chief Compliance Officer and chairs the Ethics & Compliance Council. She has extensive international experience gained through holding senior legal positions in companies across diverse sectors including Rolls-Royce plc, Johnson Matthey plc and Kingfisher plc. She qualified as a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP and holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice from BPP Law School and is an Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Eric Waldmann

Chief Procurement Officer

Joined Elementis: February 2007

Eric leads all activities associated with managing procured goods and services, including further consolidation of sourcing, and standardisation of processes and procedures across the global sites, and ensuring our suppliers align with our ESG framework.

Eric led the Chromium business segment prior to the divestment to Yildirim in 2023. In his 16 years with Elementis, he has held senior roles in Finance and Procurement and therefore brings depth of commercial, finance and procurement experience.

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University, and an MBA from Villanova University.