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Sep 2007March 2017

Head of Procurement

Alent plc (Alpha / Enthone)

Alent (formerly part of Cookson Group, meanwhile part of MacDermid Performance Solutions) is a global
supplier of high performance specialty chemicals to the electronics and surface finishing industries with
manufacturing sites, research and development facilities, as well as sales and distribution centers


  • Full responsibility for all purchasing activities of Alent’s European sites
  • Global sourcing
  • Driving cost-savings projects for specific products and services
  • Supplier development
  • Procurement reporting
  • Managing team of Purchasing Managers across geographies
Mar 2007Aug 2007

Head of Purchasing

PolymerLatex GmbH

PolymerLatex was one the world's leading producers of synthetic latex with sites in Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Finland. It was created in 1996 as a joint venture of Bayer, Degussa and Röhm dispersions divisions and supplies customers in the adhesives, carpet, construction, glove, molded foam, paper and textile industries worldwide. Sales revenues in 2007 were EUR 481 million and the company employed some 600 people.


  • Full responsibility for all purchasing activities worldwide
  • Managing team of Purchasing Managers across geographies
  • Driving cost-savings projects for specific commodities and services
  • Establishing new reporting / forecasting system
  • Leading purchasing and procurement project for a new site in South-East Asia

Left PolymerLatex after several months of employment due to fundamental differences regarding the re-positioning of Purchasing.

Jan 2006Dec 2006

Global Purchasing Director Direct Materials

Cognis Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Cognis was spun off from Henkel in 2001 and is owned by a group of financial investors. In 2006 Cognis was a leading specialty chemicals company with a global turnover of over EUR 3 billion and 8,000 employees in 30 countries. Cognis is currently undergoing a transformation process towards a more decentralized organization, following an unsuccessful attempt by the investors to sell the company in the summer of 2006.


  • Developed and started implementing the global purchasing strategy for chemical raw materials, packaging, trading goods and toll manufacturing
  • Built and guided cross-functional strategic purchasing teams worldwide
  • Set up global market monitoring and analysis
  • Delivered substantial savings despite unfavorable market conditions
  • Initiated strategic supplier development program
Jun 2003Dec 2005

Director Principal Relations

Celesio AG

With a turnover of EUR 20 billion (2005) and about 35,000 employees, Celesio is the European market leader in pharmaceutical distribution. Celesio Solutions was created in 2003 as a new division to provide comprehensive logistics, distribution and added value services to the global pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

As Director Principal Relations responsible for establishing, maintaining and developing the relationships with pharma and biotech companies on top decision-making level and for coordinating the activities of Celesio Solutions affiliates in different countries towards their international customers. This strategic role encompassed key account management, commercial and business development aspects and required very extensive travel.


  • Defined and implemented the strategic approach for current and future business development
  • Set up the infrastructure and introduced the coordination of all affiliates' activities with existing and potential customers
  • Introduced efficient reporting, improving quality and amount of measurable information
  • Helped to integrate the newly acquired businesses into Celesio Solutions
  • Established personal contacts with key decision makers in pharma and biotech companies
  • Initiated extensive dialogue with current and potential customers about all aspects of their supply chain strategy and mutual business opportunities
  • Won new important contracts
Jan 2001May 2003

Director, Projects

ICG Commerce / hpi GmbH

ICG Commerce was the leading comprehensive procurement services provider, combining both best-in-class worldwide purchasing expertise and sophisticated technology, including business-to-business e-procurement. ICG Commerce offered a comprehensive suite of services to address the full spectrum of savings opportunities for direct and indirect purchases of its customers.

As Director, Projects responsible for coordination, management and implementation of purchasing and supply chain optimization projects delivering value to customers in a broad range of industries (multi-billion $ purchasing volume).


  • Leaded teams of experts responsible for generating substantial savings for the customers in the areas of raw materials, packaging, technical purchasing, MRO, services
  • Conducted analysis and opportunity assessments for purchasing and supply chain optimization and outsourcing projects in Europe, North America and Asia
  • Developed and implemented new purchasing strategies at different levels
  • Provided advice within the company and to the customers aimed at further purchasing process improvement
Jan 1996Dec 2000

Global Purchasing Manager

Hoechst AG / hpi GmbH

Hoechst AG was one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies with production sites on all continents and worldwide purchasing activities. As Purchasing Manager, responsible for a vast product portfolio worth in excess of USD 50 million p.a., with particular focus on Asia and Eastern Europe.


  • Successfully managed worldwide purchases for Hoechst sites
  • Acquired an in-depth knowledge of global purchasing in Asia, Europe and North America
  • Initiated and completed a number of cost savings and supply chain projects
  • Advised production sites and external companies on purchasing process optimization
Aug 1993Dec 1995

Country Purchasing Manager

Hoechst AG, Moscow Office

Hoechst AG had great interest in purchasing raw materials and chemicals from the states of the former Soviet Union.


  • As first Purchasing Manager for Hoechst in Moscow successfully built up from the scratch and expanded purchasing operations in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union
  • Explored new purchasing opportunities and developed supplier relationships leading to long-term cooperation
  • Implemented a unique logistics scheme to ensure smooth supplies to Hoechst sites worldwide
  • Delivered huge savings to the company
  • Recruited and trained personnel for further business development


Sep 1988Jul 1993

Masters Degree

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
  • Degree with Honors
  • Thesis on "Great Britain and the European Union after Maastricht"
  • Extensive curriculum ranging from Economics through Politics, International Relations, Diplomacy and History to Philosophy, Sociology, Arts and Languages
  • Internships, incl. stays abroad


  • Born on October 17, 1971 in Moscow, Russia
  • German national
  • Married, 2 daughters


  • Traveling
  • Watching movies
  • Arts & Culture