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Syensqo CEO Ilham Kadri becomes CEFIC President

May 11, 2024
Energy & Chemical Value Chain

Ilham Kadri, CEO of Syensqo, takes on the role as president of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), succeeding Martin Brudermueller, effective 6th May.

During her 30-year career, Kadri has held various positions at leading companies. Her responsibilities have included research & development, strategy, business and digital in industries spanning automotive, aerospace, oil & gas, mining, water desalination, construction, consumer goods, food service, hospitality and healthcare.

She holds a degree in chemical engineering from L’École des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg, and a PhD in macromolecular physico-chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University. Before becoming the industry association’s president, Kadri served as CEFIC’s vice president.

Kadri commented: “I am honored to take on this role, in what is a pivotal moment for Europe and Europeans, industry at large and the European chemical industry itself.”

She added: “Our industry has long committed to Europe’s climate neutrality and circularity goals, there has been no question about what we are trying to achieve. With the Antwerp Declaration, which is supported by more than 1100 organizations, spanning 25 sectors, we have laid out how we need to achieve it. In the coming months, our ambition is to see Europe putting industry competitiveness at the heart of Europe’s decision making.”

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