Brussels, 4 May 2020 – Mark Vester has been elected Chair of the PCEP Steering Board at the organisation’s first AGM this week, which was held online due to the Coronavirus lockdown. The AGM was the first since PCEP’s formal establishment as an international non-profit at the start of February.
Vester, a founding PCEP board member, is Global Leader, Circular Economy at SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals. He is also a member of SABIC’s Executive Management team in Europe and a Board Member of NRK Packaging.
Ton van der Giessen, CEO of the recycling services firm Van Werven, was elected as Vice-Chair and Harald Biederbick, CEO of the plastic film manufacturer RKW, was elected as Treasurer.
The full PCEP Board members are: Mark Vester (SABIC), Ton van der Giessen (Van Werven), Harald Biederbick (RKW), Eugenio Longo (Borealis), Jacques Breulet (INEOS) and Tanguy Kervyn (Total). In addition, Christoph Hoffmann (Alpla) and Gat Ramon (Cabka) are Board observers.
Outgoing chair, David Baker (Berry Global) said: “It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to be Chair of the founding Steering Board of PCEP. It is not an exaggeration to say that PCEP is fundamentally important to the future of the polyolefin industry. The outgoing board has succeeded in getting PCEP up and running and the incoming board has the challenge to keep moving PCEP forward and ensure it delivers on its commitments. I wish my successor Mark Vester, as well as the entire Board, every success.”
Mark Vester said: “I am really delighted to be elected Chair of the Board at this vital moment in PCEP’s development. I’d like to pay tribute to David for his dynamic leadership over the past years. I am very much looking forward to building on his legacy.”
During the AGM, the outgoing Board adopted PCEP’s budget on condition it is reviewed by the new Board, in particular in the light of the current Covid-19 crisis. They also adopted the 2020 work programme on the understanding it would be amended by members and reviewed by the incoming Board.