"Our goal is clearly defined: We want to lead Brenntag to sustainable success, position the company for the future and strengthen and expand our position as a global market leader."

Christian Kohlpaintner, CEO Brenntag SE


Brenntag is the global market leader in a full-line range of chemical & ingredient products and value-added services. Our more than 17,000 employees provide tailor-made application, marketing and supply chain solutions. Our full-line portfolio comprises specialty and industrial chemicals and ingredients of a world-class supplier base. Building on its long-standing experience, unmatched global reach, and local excellence, Brenntag works closely alongside its partners to make their business more successful. Brenntag operates a unique global network with about 700 locations in 78 countries. Having entered the chemical distribution business in 1912, Brenntag has successfully expanded to become the global market leader in the distribution of specialty and industrial chemicals, chemical products, and ingredients. We offer a product portfolio consisting of more than 10,000 chemicals and ingredients for a variety of industries.

Key Leadership

• Scott Leibowitz, Regional President, Brenntag Essentials North America • Lars Schneider, Regional President, Brenntag Specialties Americas • Donovan Mattole, Vice President HR, Americas • Leslie Reeve, Vice President Legal, North America • Jeff Rudy, Vice President, Supply Chain, Americas • Dieter Woehrle, Senior Vice President, Finance, Americas • Viktor Alvarado, Vice President Controlling – Brenntag Specialties, Americas

Dr. Christian Kohlpaintner, Chief Executive Officer: The Ph.D chemist Dr Christian Kohlpaintner has more than 25 years of management experience in the chemical industry. This includes international executive roles in both China and the US where he lived and worked for several years each. Dr Christian Kohlpaintner is Member of the Board of Directors of the EPCA European Petrochemical Association and a permanent guest in the Präsidium of Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI).

Dr. Kristin Neumann, Chief Financial Officer: The Ph.D. economist Dr Kristin Neumann has several years of management experience with various leadership roles in Germany and also one in the UK. Dr Kristin Neumann also has many years of professional experience in finance and accounting.

Henri Nejade, Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Specialties: Henri Nejade has extensive international management experience with more than 30 years in chemical industry and chemical distribution. Henri Nejade joined Brenntag in 2008 and has held international leadership positions in Asia, Europe and on a global level since then. Henri Nejade is chairman of the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC), the official industry association representing the Singapore Energy and Chemicals cluster in the private sector.

Steven Terwindt, Chief Operating Officer Brenntag Essentials: Steven Terwindt has more than 20 years of professional experience in the chemical distribution sector. Steven Terwindt joined Brenntag in 1998 and has held various international management positions at Brenntag in Latin, Central and North America since then.

Ewout van Jarwaarde, Chief Transformation Officer: Ewout van Jarwaarde has several years of executive management experience driving growth, transforming organizations, and driving commercial and operational excellence. Ewout van Jarwaarde has been building digital- and data-driven capabilities across various industries globally to unlock value for customers and supply partners.

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