Nobian is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nouryon. See the Nouryon leadership page for more information about its management.
Knut Schwalenberg, President
Knut has a 38-year career with the company in roles including human resources, finance, technical services and business management. He is a German national and holds a Master of Economics degree from the University of Essen.
Philipp Polenz, Deputy President
Philipp is Deputy President and responsible for the salt business of Nobian. He brings a deep knowledge of the chemical industry and international business. In addition to heading Mergers & Acquisitions at Covestro, he successfully led multiple business units in Europe, North America and Asia before joining Nobian. He has a degree in Business Administration and speaks German, English, Dutch and French.
Ellis Deelen, Vice-President Manufacturing
Ellis brings over 30 years of leadership experience in the chemical industry in Germany and the Netherlands. She has a broad strategic and tactical background in manufacturing, having worked as Plant Manager, Site Maintenance Director and in several international executive roles for Dow Chemicals, Nouryon and Nobian. Ellis is a Dutch national with a degree in Public Administration.
Jürgen Baune, Vice President Chlor-Alkali
Jürgen has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry with roles in international business, supply chain, manufacturing, R&D and general management. He has a degree in chemistry and a PhD in metal organic chemistry, and speaks German, English and Dutch.
Thorsten Krekels, Finance Director
Thorsten has over two decades of experience in finance for the coatings and chemicals industry in Germany and the Netherlands. He was active in senior finance roles for manufacturing, sales, corporate finance and auditing before becoming Finance Director for Nobian. Thorsten is a German national with a degree in Economics and speaks German, English and Dutch.