Brenntag North America's Management Team
At Brenntag North America, we strive for our Mangagement Team to aspire and lead our company to great success. With their extensive work expeirience and passion for chemical distribution, they proudly guide employees to live with a proudly Brenntag mentality, ensuring we are not only a safe and sustainable company, but also a company that focuses on the needs and wants of our customers and suppliers.
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Markus Klähn, Brenntag North America Chief Executive Officer (CEO), originally joined Brenntag in 1994. After various positions at corporate headquarters of Brenntag Group in Germany, he became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Brenntag Latin America, Inc. in 2004.
In 2007 he became President of Brenntag Northeast, Inc. and overtook operational responsibility for Brenntag North America in 2011 as COO. In February 2013, he was appointed President and CEO of Brenntag North America, Inc.
Effective July 1st, 2015, Klähn became a member of the Brenntag Management Board.
Steven Terwindt, Chief Operating Officer Brenntag North America, holds executive responsibility for Brenntag Canada, Brenntag Great Lakes, Brenntag Northeast, Brenntag Specialties, and Brenntag Solutions Group. In addition, he oversees North America Key Accounts, Marketing, and the North American focus industries which are Coatings & Construction, Water Treatment, Household Industrial & Institutional (HI&I), and Personal Care.
Steven joined Brenntag in the Netherlands in 1998 and shortly after he started his international career at Brenntag Latin America in Sales and Marketing. Between 1998 and 2005 he went on to hold various Commercial Leadership and Country Management positions in Colombia, Venezuela and Peru before he was promoted in 2005 to Managing Director of Brenntag Mexico. In January 2012 he was the Regional Managing Director for both Mexico and Central America. In October 2012, Steven was appointed Vice President of Brenntag Canada and in December 2013 was promoted to President of Brenntag Canada Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of Responsible Distribution Canada (RDC) until July 2016 when he joined the Brenntag North America Leadership team as Chief Operating Officer.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and History from the University of Essex 1992 (United Kingdom) and a Masters from the London School of Economics 1993 (United Kingdom).
Jim Holcomb, Chief Operating Officer Brenntag North America, holds executive responsibility for Brenntag Mid-South, Brenntag Southwest, Brenntag Pacific, and Brenntag Global Marketing. In addition, he oversees Product Management and Sourcing and the North America focus industries of Oil & Gas, Value Added Services , and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).
Jim joined Brenntag Mid-South in 1993 and over the next eight years held a number of commercial leadership roles. In 2001 he moved to Wisconsin, where he was promoted to Vice President Materials Management for Brenntag Great Lakes. Two years later he was promoted to President Brenntag Great Lakes, a role he held for approximately ten years before moving into a North America role as the head of key accounts. Jim spent a year in the role of President Brenntag Global Marketing before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer Brenntag North America in October 2017.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from University of Kentucky and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Memphis.
Dieter Woehrle, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Brenntag North America, joined Brenntag in 2007 as the CFO for Brenntag Latin America. He was responsible for supporting management processes, enhancing financial reporting, and building cost saving programs amidst the financial crisis of 2009.
After two years of working with Brenntag Latin America, Woehrle was promoted to the CFO EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) for Brenntag Holding GmbH. He supported leadership by driving significant organizational transformations across the region.
Woehrle holds a Bachelor in Administration, an MBA in International Business, and is a member of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). He is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, German, and English.
Donovan Mattole, Vice President of Human Resources at Brenntag North America, joined Brenntag in 2016 as Brenntag’s first head of Human Resources for North America, where he serves as a member of the Executive Office and is responsible for leading the people strategy and all areas of human resources, including talent management, organizational development, employee training and development, talent acquisition, compensation, and payroll and benefits.
Prior to joining Brenntag, Mattole worked for Mars, Inc. as the global head of human resources for their chocolate direct to consumer retail and ecommerce businesses and before that as Senior Director HR for their Banfield Pet Hospital business, where he oversaw all HR business partnering, talent acquisition, and field training for a workforce of over 16,000 employees. Before working for Mars, he was the Director of Human Resources for the global fitness manufacturer, Nautilus, Inc for five years. He spent a decade working for global retailer Borders Books & Music where he worked in both retail operations, running three Borders stores as General Manager, and in field human resources, where he was regional manager for human resources for the West Coast.
Mattole holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a certified Senior Human Resources Manager (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) and is a board advisor for Argyle Executive Forum.