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 degree 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 degree in Modern History and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD.

Walker Allen

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Joined Elementis: 1999

Walker leads the Group’s Legal function with global responsibility for all legal matters within the Group including litigation, M&A and intellectual property matters. As Chief Compliance Officer, Walker’s remit includes oversight of the Group’s compliance programme including the development of our Group compliance policies and procedures. Walker has 25 years’ experience as an in house lawyer within global businesses having started his career in private practice in two New York City law firms. Walker is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted as in-house counsel in New Jersey.

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.   

Luc van Ravenstein

SVP Global Coatings and Energy

Joined Elementis: January 2012

Luc is responsible for leading the Global Coatings and Energy businesses. As the transformation programme in Global Coatings was completed in 2019, Luc's focus in 2020 will be to drive the execution of our growth strategies as laid out in our recent capital markets day. 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.

Eric Waldmann

SVP Global Chromium

Joined Elementis: February 2018

Eric is responsible for the leadership of our global Chromium operation which includes the commercial team and strategic sourcing. Eric has held a number of roles in our Chromium business, most recently as VP Finance and Sourcing. Prior to joining Elementis, Eric’s experience was focused in the areas of finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions and sourcing. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University, and an MBA from Villanova University. Eric is a member of the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) Council, which overseas and sets the strategy for promoting the value and sustainability of chromium and represents the chromium industry worldwide.

Christian Kather

SVP Global Talc

Joined Elementis: 2018 as part of the Mondo Minerals acquisition

Christian has led Talc business since 2011 and joined Mondo in 2010. He has a business education from Harvard Business School and Insead and a PhD in International Law from the University of Munster, Germany. Previously, Christian worked as Senior Vice President & General Manager at Evonik Degussa Corp., in Parsippany, NJ. There he was heading the Business Unit Coatings and Additives and was responsible for the global pigment dispersion business. Before that he held a number of senior executive positions within the Degussa Group, both in Europe and the USA.

Steve Ridge

SVP Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Joined Elementis: March 2019

Steve brings to Elementis his solid experience in overseeing a global manufacturing and supply chain foot print. With a proven track record of leading international teams and a passion for safety and continuous improvement. Steve drives a strong safety culture and operational excellence across all of Elementis facilities around the world. Steve is responsible for supply chain, manufacturing, capital projects, procurement, quality, health and safety. Steve joined Elementis from FMC where he was the global manufacturing director. Prior to FMC, Steve was the global EHS and Operational Excellence Director at Celanese. Steve earned a masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelors degree in Chemistry and Math from Florida Southern College.

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. He is also responsible for product stewardship and sustainability matters. 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.

Ajeeth Enjeti

SVP, Strategy and Transformation

Joined Elementis: 2018 as part of the Mondo Minerals acquisition

Ajeeth joined Elementis as part of the Mondo Minerals acquisition and leads the Strategy and Transformation agenda for the Company. Previously, Ajeeth was COO and a board member of Mondo Minerals (now Elementis Talc), where he was part of the leadership team that led the Mondo Minerals transformation into a higher value company. Prior to Mondo, Ajeeth was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, overseeing major strategic projects for Fortune 500 corporations. Earlier in his career, Ajeeth also held various senior commercial roes at multinationals such as PepsiCo and IBM in Asia and the Middle East. Ajeeth earned his MBA from IMD (Switzerland) and holds a master’s degree in Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Laura Higgins

Group Company Secretary

Joined Elementis: January 2018

Laura is the Group’s Company Secretary and is responsible for providing Board support and advice on corporate governance, UK listing obligations and corporate transactions. Laura is also responsible for overall Group risk management processes and the global insurance programme and is a pension trustee. Laura has held various senior company secretarial positions at public quoted companies including Sky, Britvic, Betfair and Rio Tinto. Laura holds a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice and a BA (Honours) in Law and Legal Studies with History. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.