From left to right: Jan Vandendriessche, Jordan Burns, Frank Coenen, Jettie Van Caenegem, Pol Deturck, Rudi Nerinckx, Mel de Vogue, and Albert Vasseur
Roles and responsibilities
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Frank Coenen, Chief Executive Officer
After a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Ghent (Belgium), Frank Coenen obtained a post graduate Management degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and followed this with an advanced management programme degree from INSEAD in France.
He began his career as a researcher and engineer before joining the chemical and pharmaceutical company UCB. For 20 years, Frank Coenen served with UCB in a variety of different senior management positions including as Director Asia Pacific based in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai for his last five years.
He joined Tessenderlo Group as Director Business Group Chemicals in 2006. In 2009 he became Chief Operating Officer of Tessenderlo Group and was appointed a member of the Board of Directors. He was nominated CEO of Tessenderlo Group on January 15, 2010.
In addition, he is a Board Member of the Belgian Chemical Federation Essenscia, VKW Limburg and the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA).
Jordan K. Burns, Executive Vice President Tessenderlo Kerley
Jordan K. Burns was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Tessenderlo Kerley in 1999, following three years as US Chief Operating Officer. Formerly Vice President and General Manager of Jupiter Holdings, a joint venture between Tessenderlo Kerley and Conoco Phillips, he served with Conoco Inc. in various managerial positions for 15 years. Jordan Burns holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Brigham Young University (US) and an MBA from the University of Utah (US). He is also a board member of The Sulfur Institute.
Mel de Vogue, Chief Financial Officer
Of Brazilian and French descent, Mel de Vogue received his Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Paris, a diploma from the HEC Business School in France and graduated from the French Society of Financial Analysts. Originally a financial analyst for five years, he then held various roles over the course of 12 years at Groupe Suez, including Financial Controller at headquarters. This was followed by a role of CFO and member of the management board of Arjowiggins in Paris for five years. He joined Tessenderlo Group as Chief Financial Officer mid 2009.
Pol Deturck, Executive Vice President Chemicals & Organic Specialties
Holder of a PhD in Agriculture and Applied Biological Sciences from the University of Leuven (Belgium), Pol Deturck began his career at Leuven University working on agricultural development projects in Southeast Asia.
Previously Operations Director at Vandemoortele Margarine and Fats for seven years, he joined Tessenderlo Group as Operations Director Chemicals in 2007. He was nominated Director Business Group, Chemicals in 2009.
As of April 1st, 2012, Pol Deturck is heading the business units Akiolis, Gelatins, Water Treatment and Inorganics.
Jettie Van Caenegem, Chief Legal Officer
Holding a Masters in Law of the University of Ghent (Belgium), and an LLM from Cambridge (UK), Jettie Van Caenegem, after a short excursion into the world of publishing, began her career as a lawyer in a Brussels based international law firm before taking on various positions as in house counsel to a number of companies. She also has spent a number of years as general manager in the non-profit sector. Previously Director Intellectual Property and Group General Counsel at UCB, she joined Tessenderlo Group in 2009 as Chief Legal Officer. Since 2006, she also is an Independent Director of Fluxys NV (Belgium) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the European Law Academy in Trier (Germany).
Jan Vandendriessche, Chief Growth Officer
Jan Vandendriessche's interest in chemicals began early in his career, first achieving a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Leuven (Belgium), before following it up with an MBA from IPO (Antwerp, Belgium). Formerly Vice President and R&D Director of both UCB and later Cytec, he joined Tessenderlo Group as Director of Business Unit Fine Chemicals in 2006. A member of the Management Committee since 2007, he held the position of Director Business Group Organic Specialities since 2009.
As from April 1st, 2012, Jan Vandendriessche takes up the reposibility of Chief Growth Officer for the group.
Rudi Nerinckx, Chief HR Officer
Prior to joining Tessenderlo Group on April 1, 2011 as Group Human Resources Director, Rudi Nerinckx was Executive Vice President Human Resources with Brussels Airlines, where he got heavily involved in the merger of SABENA's heritage with Virgin Express (the first European Low Cost Carrier) and the creation of the new Brussels Airlines.
Before moving to the Airline Business in 2005 he held leading human resources roles in the Petrochemical, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry (Cytec, UCB, BASF and British Petroleum), where he acquired extensive experience in Change Management (mergers and acquisitions, cost reduction, divestment and integration programmes,...). He lead as well strategic, as operational HR departments and projects in compensation & benefits, management development, industrial relations,... with a regional (European, American, Asian, African) and often a global scope.
After gaining a Masters in Organizational Psychology from the University of Leuven (Belgium), Rudi Nerinckx obtained a postgraduate degree in Business Economics at University of Leuven.
Albert Vasseur, Executive Vice President Plastics Converting
A Frenchman with a degree from INSEAD, he began his career as a production department head at Courtaulds Fibres in France. He rose to the position of plant manager and eventually President of the Board of Management and Member of Executive Committee. Following this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Thermoplastiques Cousin-Tessier, a French subsidiary of Tessenderlo Group acquired in 1991. As the Director of Plastics Converting, he has also been a Member of the Management Committee since 2002.