Arkema nominates Thierry Pilenko and Ilse Henne for election to its Board as Independent Directors alongside a Bpifrance’s representative

– FRANCE, Colombes –  Arkema (EPA: AKE) today announced the nominations of Thierry Pilenko and Ilse Henne for election to its Board as Independent Directors at the next AGM to be held on 20 May 2021.

Thierry Pilenko should join the Nominating, Compensation, and Corporate Governance Committee, where he will replace Thierry Morin as its Chairman. His appointment will enable the Board of Directors to benefit from his experience as Chairman and CEO of listed companies, as a top-level energy industry executive in a highly international environment (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America), and from his extensive experience in technologies and new materials, as well as in talent management.

Ilse Henne should join the Audit and Accounts Committee. Her appointment will enable the Board of Directors to benefit from her international management experience in metals trading, storage, and processing, which has enabled her to develop expertise in strategic evolution, operational performance improvement, and supply chain excellence, as well as in-depth knowledge of some key sectors for Arkema, particularly the automotive industry.

The company also announced the appointment of Bpifrance, representing the Lac1 fund, which acquired a stake in Arkema in 2020 as an independent director for a four-year term.

About Thierry Pilenko

Thierry Pilenko is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in Nancy, France, and of the Institut Français du Pétrole. He is a management consultant and holds several directorships in international energy companies.

Thierry Pilenko began his career in 1984 as a geological engineer with Schlumberger. During the 20 years he spent with this company, he held various management positions, including in Italy, Gabon, Nigeria, Dubai, Indonesia, and the United States. In 2004, he was appointed Chief executive officer of Veritas DGC, a geophysical services company based in Houston (which subsequently became CGG Veritas), before becoming Chairman and CEO of Technip SA in 2007, and Executive Chairman of TechnipFMC between 2017 and 2019. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of Peugeot between 2012 and 2014, a director of CGG between 2007 and 2010, of Hercules Offshore between 2006 and 2015, and Valaris between 2017 and 2021. He has been a US resident, based in Houston, for over 15 years.

About Ilse Henne

Ilse Henne, born in 1972 in Ghent, Belgium, holds several advanced business management degrees from the Universities of Ghent and Leuven, Belgium, as well as a master’s degree in linguistics and literature, also from the University of Ghent. She is currently a member of the Executive committee of the ThyssenKrupp Materials Services segment as its Chief Transformation Officer. She is responsible for the Group’s operating result and strategic transformation since 2019. She speaks five languages fluently, including French, and has been living in Germany since 2012.

Ilse Henne began her career in 1995 at Sadel NV, a Belgian group specializing in stainless steel products, where she worked in various positions in business development, sales, and supply chain management until 2002. She then joined the Materials division of ThyssenKrupp Group, which is specialized in the distribution of steel and non-ferrous metals in Belgium. Between 2012 and 2018, she held various management positions in Germany. First as head of the Materials Western Europe/Asia-Pacific operating unit, and between 2016 and 2018 as the CEO of ThyssenKrupp Schulte.

About Arkema

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address the ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into 3 complementary, resilient, and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials -Adhesive solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions- accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization, and mobility and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion in 2019 and operates in some 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

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