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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.

 

David Hawkins
Chair, Chemistry Australia
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
Deputy Chair, Chemistry Australia
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.

 

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
CEO
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.

 

Jonathan Clancy
Independant Director
Past Chair, Chemistry Australia

Jonathan Clancy is an independent member of the Chemistry Australia Board.

Prior to this, Mr Clancy was elected PACIA Chairman in 2014 and served as Chair of the Chemistry Australia Board until March 2018.

Jonathan Clancy assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Qenos, the sole manufacturer of polyethylene in Australia, in 2009. Mr Clancy has extensive experience in change management and strategy both internationally and within Australia.

He took the lead role in ensuring the successful integration of ChemChina International with Qenos and subsequently drove an extensive Knowledge Exchange program.

Jonathan has previously served as the Managing Director on the Qenos Board, a member of the ChemChina joint venture (Bluestar) Board, including the role of Global People Strategy and Government Relations - ChemChina.

Albert Decelis
Vice President and Managing Direct
Huntsman Polyurethanes (Australia) Pty Ltd

Albert Decelis is Vice President and Managing Director of Huntsman Australia Operations, based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Albert began his 37-year career in 1982 with ICI Australia as a Process Chemist for the Welvic PVC compounding plant and after two years transferred to the Surfactants business as a Surfactant technologist.  In 1990, Albert made the move to Sales, then Sales Management, Market Management, Business Management and finally General Manager for the ICI Surfactants Business.

In 2001, he transferred to Huntsman Corp. in the United States as Marketing Director for the Surface Sciences Division and in 2005 became Global Business Director for the Agrochemicals SBU.

In 2012, Albert returned to Huntsman APAC in Singapore as Vice President of Performance Products and Global Agrochemicals and was appointed to Vice President and Managing Director of Huntsman Australia in 2016, a role he continues to hold today.

In his current role as Managing Director, Albert has oversight of Huntsman ANZ businesses for Performance Products, Polyurethanes and RMAX.

Albert has a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours at Melbourne University, Victoria, and joined the Chemistry Australia Board in February 2019.

 

Karen Dobson
President, Australia and New Zealand
The Dow Chemical Company

As President of Dow Australia and New Zealand, Karen is responsible for Dow’s business and operations, and advancing the company’s strategy and reputation across Australia and New Zealand.   

Karen joined Dow in 1987 as an engineer at the Altona manufacturing facility in Victoria.  In 1988, she moved to Dow Water & Process Solutions (W&PS) as technical sales for Australia.  In 1992 she was named Asia Pacific technical leader and relocated to Hong Kong, where she performed a number of marketing and commercial manager roles.  In 2002, Karen was named global marketing director for FILMTEC™ Membranes and relocated to Minneapolis, USA. 

Karen moved to Shanghai in 2007 for a new role as corporate marketing director for Dow Asia Pacific and in 2010 added the role of Asia Pacific regional business development director.  Karen was appointed to global business director for Mining Solutions in Dow’s Oil, Gas and Mining business in 2014 and relocated back to Melbourne, Australia. 

In August 2017, Karen was named global commercial director of Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions where she was responsible for growing the business impact of Dow’s sports sponsorship assets across all of Dow’s businesses. Karen took up her current role in January 2019.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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.

 

Mitchell Killeen
Managing Director
LyondellBasell Australia Pty Ltd

Mitchell Killeen has a long, global career with plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell (LYSE: LYB).  Mitchell was appointed the Managing Director of LyondellBasell Australia Pty Ltd (LBA) in January 2019.

After 12 years of expatriate assignments with LYB, Mitchell returned to Australia in 2015, to the position of Director JV’s and Business Development for LyondellBasell International.  This entailed managing, existing Asia-Pacific Joint Ventures, JV portfolio optimisation and developing new JV opportunities, from the Melbourne office.

Prior to his return to Australia, Mitchell had been the Managing Director of LYB’s Dubai business, which included Africa, Middle East, Turkey and the Indian Subcontinent (AfMEI).   In addition to regional responsibility for LYB polyolefin business & infrastructure, this role including board and off-take responsibilities for LYB’s three Saudi JV’s with integrated polyolefins production.

Mitchell's expatriate assignments also included five years in Hong Kong from 2003 (prior to Dubai) managing marketing, innovation and projects across Asia and AfMEI, as LYB’s International Business Director.

After completing his PhD (in Polyurethanes at the University of Queensland), Mitchell joined LyondellBasell Australia in 1995.

Mitchell graduated from The University of Melbourne (BSc(Hons), Chemistry).

 

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