Chief Executive Officer
Christian Kohlpaintner (nationality: German), born 1963, joined Brenntag as a Member of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2020.
The Ph.D. chemist has more than 25 years of management experience in the chemical industry. This includes international executive roles in both China and the US where he lived and worked for several years. Christian Kohlpaintner began his professional career at Hoechst, where he held various positions in Germany and the US.
Afterwards he moved to Celanese, where he worked amongst others as Marketing Director and as Vice President for Innovations. Between 2003 and 2009, Christian Kohlpaintner worked for Chemische Fabrik Budenheim, where his last position was CEO. In 2009, he joined Clariant in Switzerland as a member of the Executive Committee where he was amongst others responsible for the growth-oriented business areas and the region of Asia.
Chief Financial Officer
Georg Müller (Nationality: German), Chief Financial Officer, born 1965, joined Brenntag in 2003. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2012.
Prior to joining Brenntag, Georg Müller held different functions in banking, controlling and treasury. At Brenntag, he was in charge of different rounds of financing. Upon the IPO in March 2010, he also took responsibility for the company’s Investor Relation activities.
Member of the Management Board
Henri Nejade (Nationality: French), born 1962, Member of the Management Board effective July 1, 2015, joined Brenntag in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer Brenntag Asia Pacific. In the Management Board he is responsible for the Asia Pacific region as well as for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East & Africa), as of September 2020, for an interim period.
He has a diverse international background combining more than 30 years of industry experience with solid management skills and passion for agile business development. In 2000, Henri Nejade joined Elkem Silicones (Ex-Rhodia Silicones) as Global Sales & Marketing Director and was appointed Global Strategic Business Unit Director in 2003. From 2005 to 2008, Henri Nejade was Vice President and Director of International Business for Solvay (Ex-Rhodia Group). Prior to Rhodia, Henri Nejade held different functions in sales and distribution, marketing, and product management at General Electric Group.
Member of the Management Board
Steven Terwindt (Nationality: Dutch), born 1967, Member of the Management Board effective August 1, 2020, joined Brenntag in 1998. In the Management Board he is responsible for the regions North America and Latin America.
In his long career at Brenntag, Steven Terwindt held various leadership positions within the company in Latin, Central, and North America. In 2012, Steven was appointed Vice President of Brenntag Canada Inc. and was promoted in 2013 to President of Brenntag Canada Inc. In 2016 he joined the Brenntag North America Leadership team as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In August 2020, he has been appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer Brenntag North America and Member of the Management Board of Brenntag Group.