A strong year for recruitment in Speciality Chemicals sector

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A strong year for recruitment in Speciality Chemicals sector

It is wonderful to see that recruitment has remained strong and consistent this year. David commented: “Despite the turbulence of 2020 and the promise of a return to normal in 2021 being somewhat delayed, the recruitment landscape has remained healthy in the sector.”

Let’s take a closer look at some of the acquisitions and role changes here:


  • Antony Harris has been appointed as Industry Relationship Specialist at Croda.

  • Vincenzo Aruta started a new position as Business Unit Manager Advanced Materials at IMCD Italia at IMCD Group.

  • The Board of Directors of Versalis, which is owned by Eni and operates in the chemical sector, has appointed Adriano Alfani as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from January 1st 2021.

  • James Curran is the new Business Development Director at LCM Environmental, previously employed at SDS and Kingspan Environmental.

  • Kevin Hunter has joined Addi-Tec Ltd as a Sales Director, leaving Safic Alcan behind where he was Sales Manager.

  • Louise Hedges has left ALFA Chemicals and moved to Aqdot Ltd as their Business Development Lead.

  • Rafael Labrado has become the new Commercial Director EMEA at Cabot Corporation leaving his role at IPAC as Sales Director for Europe.

  • Swiss specialty chemical company Clariant announced the appointment of Conrad Keijzer as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021

  • Ewout van Jarwaarde joins Brenntag as both a board member and a newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer, responsible for the execution of the company’s global transformation program “Project Brenntag".

  • Crystal Jacobs has been promoted from Sales Manager to Global Head End Use Chemicals at BYK Additives in America.

  • Nick Forster is the new Market Manager - Elastomers and Specialities at RBH moving from Panolin UK.

  • Libra Speciality Chemicals has appointed Andrew Robinson to the newly created position of Key Accounts/Regional Sales Manager North, leaving Brenntag.

  • Dean Froney is the new President and CEO of Master Chemical Corporation moving from his post as President at Novares Group.


  • Rachael Bywater has joined the team at SBZ Corporation in the UK to develop their wax business, after leaving John Hogg. SBZ Corporation has also welcomed Lennart Reitenbach as their Base Oil Sales Manager – working across the UK and Europe.

  • Mark Lashbrook has been promoted from Technical Manager to Technical Director at M&I Materials

  • Alan Henderson has moved into a new role at Afton and is now Senior Marketing Specialist - Heavy Duty Engine Oils.

David concluded: “As we keep a close eye on the movers and shakers within the sector, we look forward to continuing to fulfil our own client needs and finding the perfect roles for our candidates. Watch this space.”