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The Chemistry Australia Board comprises leading Chief Executive Officers and Managing Directors from the Australian chemistry industry. The Board provides leadership to our industry on a range of strategically important issues and ensures that the activities of Chemistry Australia are directed to those areas and services that provide greatest value to members.

 Louis Vega

Louis A. Vega
Chair, Chemistry Australia
President & Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand
Vice President Olympic & Sports Solutions
The Dow Chemical Company

As President & MD, Vega is accountable for all operations across Australia and New Zealand; leading Dow’s 400 employees, four manufacturing sites and seven business centers. He is charged with the Region’s growth strategy, revenue and profitability, ‘go to market’ strategy, business development, investment decisions and multiple third party collaborations. 

In his role as Vice President of Olympic & Sports Solutions, Vega is responsible for extracting the full business and brand value of Dow’s partnerships with the Olympic Movement, NASCAR Racing, the PGA and all of Dow’s sports franchises to drive revenue growth for the Company. Vega has established a business structure uniquely positioned to harness the combined power of the Dow brand, the Olympic Movement and Dow’s sports partnerships to drive revenue opportunities for Dow and value for Dow stakeholders. In this role, Vega serves as the primary focal point to the International Olympic Committee, sports federations and Host Committees for upcoming Olympic Games.

Prior to joining Dow, Vega’s career was a progressive series of roles in Washington, DC; from Capitol Hill to the Executive Branch, over the span of 12 years.  He has a degree in Government & Public Relations from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.


Stephen Bell
Chief Executive Officer
Qenos Pty Ltd

Stephen Bell completed a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University Of Melbourne and following this, he undertook 2 years postdoctoral research in Boston, USA.  Thereafter, Steve joined ICI Australia's Crop Care business in 1987 as a Research Team Leader prior to moving into ICI's Plastics business.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the Petrochemical and Engineering Plastics businesses, Steve has a strong track record of delivering growth and improved business performance through differentiation utilising innovation and technology. During his career, Steve has held a range of business management and executive roles.  Until recently, Steve had executive responsibility for all aspects of Qenos's commercial operations including Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain, Feedstock & Procurement, Product Technology and the Speciality Products trading business. He was also the Vice President Commercial for ChemChina


Steve’s current role is the Chief Executive Officer, Qenos.


John Cerini

John Cerini
Integrated Packaging Group

John has been the CEO of the Integrated Packaging Group since 2003. Prior to joining IPG John was a Senior Executive and Divisional General Manager in the Amcor packaging business for 10 years and CEO of Detmold Packaging for five years.

Since joining IPG, John has capitalised on growth opportunities in flexible packaging in industrial materials handling, and the horticulture and agricultural crop packaging sectors. This has been achieved through acquisition, organic growth and a commitment to research and development.

John has a broad range of successes that include business turnaround, Asian based manufacturing, joint venture establishment and acquisition.

Cameron Dunn
Managing Director
FBT Transwest

Cameron joined FBT Transwest as Managing Director in 2009. Prior to this, Cameron has held senior roles within the Transport and Logistics Industry in a career that commenced in 1986 at United Tankers. He has worked in the Industry for businesses providing specialised services for the chemical, plastics and food sectors.

A career highlight was in 1998 when he was awarded the Young Western Australian Transport and Logistics Professional of the Year.He is on the Board of the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) and holds the position of Vice President. Cameron is also Deputy Chairman of the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) and on the board of ARTIO – Vic.

Cameron completed his education at MBS and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the CEO Institute.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans
Vice President - Corporate Affairs
Orica Limited

Paul Evans was appointed Vice President - Government Relations, Social Responsibility and Community at Orica Limited in April 2016. His brief was expanded to cover media, internal and external communications in 2018 in the role of Vice President - Corporate Affairs.

His time at Orica follows four years as the Chief Executive Officer at the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and setting up the first corporate offices in Adelaide for BP Developments Australia. Prior to this, Paul was the Director of Government, Regulation and Community Affairs at Lion Nathan National Foods, where he managed the company’s engagement with policy makers, industry associations, NGOs, government officials and other community-based stakeholders.

During his time at Lion (2004 – 2011) Paul was a member of the Leadership Teams for the company’s two largest business units (Lion Nathan Australia and National Foods) and the merger & acquisition management teams for the takeover bids for Coopers Brewing, Independent Liquor and National Foods. In 2007 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Lion Nathan’s Sustainability Leaders Group.

Before his move to the private sector, Paul held several senior Federal departmental and government positions including Principal Adviser to the Minister for Defence, and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Minister for Defence. He won a Secretary’s Commendation for his contribution to the Defence White Paper in 2000 and was a delegate to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in 2008.

Paul has a Masters Degree by Research in International Politics.


Ian Hansen
Chief Executive Officer
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers

Ian Hansen has worked at CSBP Limited for over 20 years, holding management roles in operational and commercial areas of both the chemicals and fertilisers divisions. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director in October 2007, Ian was General Manager of the chemicals business division between 2002 and 2007, and from 2005 to 2007 was also President of the Kwinana Industries Council.

Ian is a director of a number of Wesfarmers group subsidiaries. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Chemistry from the University of Western Australia, and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

David Hawkins

David Hawkins
Chairman and Managing Director
BASF Australia Limited

David has been Chairman and Managing Director of BASF Australia and New Zealand since July 2016. 

Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Functions for Australia and New Zealand. This role included the subregional management of Finance, Tax, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Procurement, Real Estate and Information Management, as well as the country management operations of New Zealand.

David joined BASF in 1999 to run the Information Technology platform and its broadening to include Supply Chain. In 2004, he was appointed Director of the Service Platform and the directorships of BASF’s Australian companies in 2005.

Prior to BASF, David held a number of roles in a world-leading Australian subsidiary of a UK glass manufacturing business, including manufacturing management, strategy, business re-engineering, systems design and implementation.

David is a graduate of Monash University with bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science (Applied Mathematics). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Russell Schroeter
Managing Director
SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd

Russell Schroeter has been a Board member of PACIA since 2008.Russell joined SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd in April 2002 as the General Manager and was appointed to the Board in November 2002. During that time SNF (Australia) Pty Ltd has completed the building of an emulsion flocculant plant and commissioned it in June 2003.

Prior to joining SNF, Russell worked with Nalco in various sales and marketing roles in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.Russell graduated from the Gordon Institute of Technology in 1976 with a Bachelor of Applied Science."


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