Leadership

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).

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.

J├╝rgen 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.