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Imerys announces governance changes as from May 4


  • Separation of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer roles
  • Gilles Michel to be re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Conrad Keijzer to join Imerys Board and to become Chief Executive Officer

Following the wish expressed by Mr Gilles Michel to devote for personal reasons more time to his close family, the Board of Directors’ Appointments Committee, chaired by Mr Paul Desmarais III, has conducted an in-depth review of the Group’s leadership and governance. Its recommendations were presented to the Board of Directors on March 8, 2018 and unanimously approved. In particular, the Board has decided to separate the Group’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer roles.
Subject to their approval at the upcoming annual general meeting, the following decisions will be effective from May 4, 2018 :
• To re-elect Gilles Michel as Chairman of the Board, separated from the CEO role.
Today, Imerys, the world’s reference for mineral specialties, is growing, generating cash and creating value. Its business profile and potential have been significantly strengthened thanks to a clear and focused strategy of innovation, to investment and geographic expansion, to a sustained policy of selective acquisitions and to unswerving operational discipline. The Group is positioned on markets with, overall, a better growth potential and it benefits from a more balanced geographical footprint, especially in key emerging markets. And it has embarked on an internal transformation plan to improve efficiency and agility while reinforcing competitiveness.
The Board is looking forward to continuing to benefit from Gilles Michel’s strategic vision and deep operational knowledge of the Group in his new role.
• To appoint Mr Conrad Keijzer as Imerys’ Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Mr Keijzer has been selected after a thorough and professional process of evaluation and selection of internal as well as external candidates. Conrad Keijzer, 49, a Dutch citizen, will bring Imerys a wealth of operational and international experience.
Throughout his professional career at Akzo Nobel, a world leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals leader, he held numerous operational leadership positions in several countries. As a member of the group’s executive committee, he was instrumental in expanding its presence in Asia – more than 25% of consolidated sales – and managed until 2017 the Performance Coatings division (sales of approximately 6 billion euros in 2016). Mr Conrad Keijzer will be based in Paris (France).

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Nomination Committee proposals regarding election of the Board

In advance of the BillerudKorsnäs AB Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018, the BillerudKorsnäs nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann, Kristina Schauman and Victoria Van Camp as members of the Board, and the election of Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as new members of the Board. The nomination committee also proposes the re-election of Lennart Holm as chairman of the Board and Michael M.F. Kaufmann as vice chairman of the Board. Mikael Hellberg has decided not to seek re-election.

Tobias Auchli is Chairman and CEO of Verlumenda SA, providing advisory services in strategy, innovation, sustainable growth, digital transformation and operational improvements. Prior to his current position, Tobias spent 18 years at senior executive and general management roles in the Nestlé group, with a focus on e.g. transformation, innovation and R&D. Tobias also coaches IMD Business School MBA’s in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tobias is a Swiss national and graduated with a Master in International Management, Marketing and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Jan Åström currently holds the position as President and CEO of Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, a position that he has held since 2008 and from which he is retiring in April 2018. Prior to joining Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, Jan was President and CEO of SCA AB and of Modo Paper AB. Together with other earlier executive and general management positions, Jan has close to 40 years of experience from the pulp and paper industry. Jan is a Swedish national and graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Michael M.F. Kaufmann, chairman of the nomination committee, commented : “The nomination committee is very pleased to have recruited Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as candidates to the BillerudKorsnäs Board. Tobias and Jan are two experienced professionals with highly complementary expertise. Tobias will bring valuable insights from the consumer goods industry, with deep expertise in international R&D, innovation and academia, as well as strategic and operational leadership. Jan is a highly respected and very experienced business executive in the Swedish pulp and paper industry, and will bring both strategic and operational expertise from the industry. The nomination committee is confident that the proposed new members will complement the Board’s expertise across a variety of areas considering their longstanding and international careers.”

Michael M.F. Kaufmann added : “On behalf of the nomination committee, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mikael Hellberg for serving on the BillerudKorsnäs Board for many years and for his contribution in building the new BillerudKorsnäs.”

The nomination committee in BillerudKorsnäs comprises Michael M.F. Kaufmann, appointed by Frapag Beteiligungsholding AG, Tomas Risbecker, appointed by AMF Försäkring & Fonder, Lennart Francke, appointed by Swedbank Robur fonder and Thomas Wuolikainen, appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden. The nomination committee’s complete proposals will be presented in the convening notice for BillerudKorsnäs’ Annual General Meeting 2018.

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