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EMEA Aromatics and Olefins Conference

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Jun 13-15, 2016
Athens, Greece

Conference Jun 14-15 | Training Workshop Jun 13

Where business leaders, distributors and traders gather get the latest insight and analysis of the aromatics and olefins markets.


Dorothee Arns

Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe

Dorothee Arns, a German national, completed her university studies in Saarbruecken (Germany), Dublin (Ireland) and Granada (Spain) with two Master degrees: one in Applied Languages & Linguistics and the other one in Business Administration with special focus on Marketing, International Management and private law. Her professional career in the chemical industry started in 1995 when she joined the marketing & sales trainee programme of BASF in Ludwigshafen. In the course of the years she held senior management positions in various areas of BASF´s chemicals business, notably in marketing, sales, eBusiness and controlling.

On 1 July 2013 she was appointed Executive Director of Cefic’s Petrochemicals and Plastic Additives Programme as well as of Petrochemicals Europe, the Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe, formerly APPE. In a first assignment to Cefic from 2006 to 2011 she headed the solvents’ cluster as Director General of ESIG, the European Solvents Industry Group.

Chuck Carr

Global Business Director - Inorganics, Chemical Market Services, IHS Markit Mr. Chuck Carr is the global business leader of Inorganics for the Chemical Market Services at IHS Markit.

Duncan Clark

Vice President, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit

Mr. Duncan Clark is Vice President, Aromatics, IHS Markit OMDC group. He has several decades of experience in a variety of roles within the chemical industry across multiple product areas. As the key resource within IHS Markit for understanding and insight into the aromatics sector of the petrochemical industry for these key regions, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil and financial industries, bringing support and guidance throughout the petrochemical chain.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, he worked for ExxonMobil Shell JV and Air Products and Chemicals. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from University College London and a Master of Business Administration.

Mike Cromack

Global Business Director - Feedstocks, Trinseo Europe GmbH

Mike Cromack is Global Business Director for Ethylene, Benzene and Styrene Monomer at Trinseo, part of the Basic Plastics & Feedstocks division. In his role, Cromack leads a team in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. His main area of responsibility is the production and procurement of Styrene Monomer.

Cromack has worked in and around businesses linked with styrene and its derivatives for over 27 years including its uses as a solvent with thermoset resins, in the manufacture of polystyrene films and foams and most recently as a monomer feedstock. In 1988, Cromack embarked on a 22 year long career with Dow Chemical in the UK as part of its Graduate Recruitment Program. From 1989, he was a Field Sales Representative in the Epoxy Resins business followed by the Specialty Plastic Films business. During 1994, Cromack relocated to Rheinmunster, Germany for the first of a series of commercial management roles in the Plastic Films group holding positions in marketing, sales leadership, and asset management. In 2001, he was appointed to a global leadership role in new business development for Dow’s Building & Construction group, focusing on the commercialisation of acoustic and anti-vibration insulation. In 2007, Cromack relocated to Horgen, Switzerland as the Strategic Marketing Manager for the Building & Construction business. In 2009, he became European Commercial Manager for Styrene Monomer. Upon its sale from Dow to Bain Capital Partners in June 2010, Cromack joined Trinseo (formerly known as Styron) and in 2012 assumed his current role.

Cromack holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Katie Elliot

Director/BTX, IHS Markit

Katie joined IHS Markit in 2014. Her focus is primarily in aromatics and the analysis of the benzene, toluene, mixed xylenes, orthoxylene and phthalic anhydride markets. Prior to joining IHS, Katie had an 11 year career with BP, serving as commercial product manager for base aromatics products with a particular focus on mixed xylenes and paraxylene as well as in a variety of commercial positions, including refinery optimisation, business development, gasoline logistics and shipping. Katie studied Modern Foreign languages and graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cambridge in 1998.

Remko Koster

Director, C4 and Derivatives, IHS Markit

Remko holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and started his industrial career at DSM in the Netherlands. In 2002, he moved to Sabic as part of the acquisition of DSM petrochemicals by Sabic. In the 9 years Remko worked for SABIC, he has had many different responsibilities in the commercial and business intelligence departments, e.g. as European sales manager for butadiene & heavy aromatics, benzene & derivatives and, immediately prior to joining IHS Markit in February 2011, as global polypropylene market intelligence manager. In the last five years, Remko has been responsible at IHS Markit for the European market analysis for PE and PP. In January he moved to the C4 and Elastomers team covering the EMEA markets.

Kevin Longworth

Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

Kevin is an experienced Process Engineer with several years of injection moulding experience who has successfully transitioned to market intelligence and consulting within the petrochemicals industry. He works with a broad range of clients across the petrochemicals value chain to advise them on the best strategies that work for their business. The nature of his work allows him a unique global perspective of the polyolefins industry across all regions from the perspective both buyer and seller.

Yazmine Khan

Consultant Nylon Fiber Feedstocks Yazmine joined IHS Chemical (legacy CMAI) in 2010. Yazmine began her IHS career working in Chemical Consulting Team as an analyst; the role gave her a wide variety of exposure to numerous products (including LDPE, LLDP. ethylene, propylene, styrene and derivatives). Yazmine then joined the Soda Ash Team, also as an analyst, reporting directly the Product Director. Yazmine joined the Aromatics team in June of last year; her focus is primarily in aromatics and the analysis of nylon feedstocks, covering the cyclohexane, caprolactam and adipic acid markets with the EMEA region.

John Page

Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical Consulting, IHS Markit Mr. John Page is the global leader for chemical industry consulting at IHS Markit.

David Potter

Global Director, Market Daily Services, IHS Markit

David Potter joined IHS Markit at the start of 2013, where he was the director responsible for styrene monomer and cumene, phenol and acetone in the EMEA region.  In May 2016, David took on a new role, heading up the daily price and market news offerings for the group.  Prior to joining IHS Markit, David worked on the petrochemical desk at Platts for close to six years, where he covered the EMEA benzene and toluene markets for over four years. He also worked on other product streams including olefins and polymers. David first entered the petrochemical world in 1999 where he was recruited by Petrochem Carless, a UK-based refiner and distributor. He worked with Petrochem Carless for nearly seven years, where he took a variety of sales and marketing roles.  David also has a post graduate diploma in periodical journalism.

Nick Rados, Ph.D.

Global Business Director, Chemical Feedstocks & Energy, IHS Markit Nick Rados, Ph.D. is the Global Business Director, Chemical Feedstocks & Energy for IHS Markit.

Jan Randolph

Director – Sovereign Risk, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit Mr. Jan Randolph serves as director of Sovereign Risk RatingService at IHS Markit.

Stefano Soccol

Vice President, Intermediates Business Unit, Versalis SpA

Mr. Stefano Soccol is Vice President of the Intermediates Business Unit at Versalis SpA, a chemicals company headquartered in Italy with 2014 revenue of 2.3 billion euro. Mr. Soccol’s responsibilities include product stewarding in manufacturing olefins, aromatics, aromatic derivatives and oilfield chemicals. Prior to the Intermediates Business Unit, he served as Vice President for Business Development and Licensing.

During his 23 year career in the chemical and petrochemical industry, Mr. Soccol has served as process manager, project engineer and project manager in several petrochemical projects in the Middle East, former Soviet Union and Asia. He is widely known for his experience managing complex EPC projects and as a commercial director within global engineering and contracting companies. Mr. Soccol also plays a critical role in corporate development through strategic alliances, acquisition of technological and industrial assets and international joint ventures.

He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, is a member of the board of the European Petrochemical Association and a member of the Basic Chemicals Directive Committee of Federchimica (Italian Industry Council).

Tobias Spyra

Director Styrene and Phenolics EMEA, IHS Markit

Tobias Spyra joined the European aromatics team in 2016 where he specializes in phenol, acetone and styrene monomer in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Prior to joining IHS, Tobias worked at Ineos for eleven years in different commercial roles, trading European benzene and toluene markets for four years.

Lyn Tattum

Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit

Lyn Tattum is Vice President, IHS Markit and Publisher of IHS Chemical Week. She is responsible for IHS Markit Same Day Analysis and Business Information Products, developing a suite of information services for the global chemical industry. Her group within IHS Markit also includes the global IHS Chemical Events portfolio.

She has a degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Manchester and briefly studied at the Sorbonne, Paris and the British Film Institute, London.

Lyn spent ten years in an editorial position with a UK publishing group, writing about the Chemical Industry, before joining the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in Vienna for a spell in 1988.

In 1989, Ms. Tattum joined Chemical Week, set up an international office in London, growing the magazine, events and related businesses worldwide. She continues to seek opportunities to enhance the content, reputation, and success of the brand under its new ownership, IHS, as well as developing new products within the Business Information group.

She has travelled extensively and is well known among the global chemical and polymers community and for contributing to industry events.

Matthew Thoelke, B.A., M.A.

Senior Director - Olefins and Derivatives EMEA, Chemical, IHS Markit Mr. Matthew Thoelke is a senior director of Olefins and Derivatives reporting on the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at IHS Markit.

James Yong

Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Bank

James founded the petrochemicals business at Macquarie’s Commodity and Financial Markets Group in June 2008, and leads its global sales & trading platform, part of the Energy Markets business. The objective of this platform is to assist industry in managing its price and margin risk in the future. Prior to the 12 years in the financial sector, James worked in the petrochemicals industry for 14 years covering a  wide variety of products and roles from a producing and trading perspective.

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