Executive team

Michael Koenig, Chief Executive Officer

Michael brings a wealth of experience with more than 30 years in operational, commercial and technology leadership roles across the global chemical industry. 

Michael began his career at Bayer, where he held multiple senior executive positions in Germany and China, including Member of the Board of Bayer AG, Chairman and CEO of Bayer China and CEO of China National Bluestar. At Elkem ASA, headquartered in Norway, Michael served as CEO. Michael received his master’s degree in Chemical Process Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.

Andrea Bauer, Chief Financial Officer

Andrea is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years as a Finance leader within multinational companies. Most recently, she served as CFO and a member of the executive board at the VDM Metals Group. Prior to that, Andrea was CFO of the Vacuumschmelze Group, and has also held various finance leadership roles in Germany, France, and the US.  

Andrea holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from The Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany and qualifications as a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA), German Charter Accountant (WP) and Tax Accountant (StB).

Philipp Polenz, Chief Commercial Officer & Head of Strategy

Philipp 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, Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer

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.

Lorette Roetenberg, Chief Human Resources Officer

Lorette brings more than 25 years of strategic HR leadership experience in multinational organizations, most recently at Royal DSM, where she led HR roles for the past 10 years. Lorette has also held HR leadership roles at Dutch telecommunications provider KPN, and US-based biotechnology company Amgen and GE Plastics. She received a bachelor’s degree at Diedenoort Wageningen in the Netherlands and completed leadership and executive coaching programs at Amsterdam University, IMD in Switzerland, and London Business School. 

Dirk Meerburg, General Counsel

Dirk brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate legal matters, litigation, government affairs and strategy, most recently at Royal Ahold Delhaize, where he was Head of Group Legal and Public Affairs for five years and, prior to that Head of Strategy. Dirk has also worked as a management consultant at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and as an attorney at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, a leading Dutch law firm with international offices. Dirk holds law degrees from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Cambridge University in the UK and completed a graduate program in international affairs at Johns Hopkins University, in addition to leadership courses at Harvard University in the US.