Leadership

A PASSION FOR THE HIGHEST PERFORMANCE

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

An experienced and resourceful leadership team, committed to global growth and innovation, while pursuing the highest standards of corporate governance.

PHILIP DE KLERK

PHILIP DE KLERK

Group Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the board: October 2017.

Experience:

Previously Chief Financial Officer of Flybe from 2014 to 2017. Philip has held a number of other senior financial positions including Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at SABMiller and Chief Financial Officer of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe. He spent 16 years at Unilever in a range of finance roles, working in a number of countries including Benelux and Switzerland. Philip has Masters degrees in Business Economics (Rotterdam) and Law (Heerlen).

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Ian Ashton

Ian Ashton

Group Chief Financial Officer

Experience:

Previously Ian was Chief Financial Officer of Labviva LLC, a US-based technology company. Ian worked for twenty years at Smith & Nephew plc until December 2017, undertaking various financial roles of increasing seniority in the UK, the US and China. His last role was Chief Financial Officer, Global Operations, and prior to that Ian served as Chief Financial Officer of their Advance surgical Devices Division. Ian is qualified as a chartered accountant and began his career at Ernst & Young.

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Alex Xu

Alex Xu

Regional Director Colbond APAC

Experience:

Alex joined Low & Bonar as the China Country Manager in 2014. Prior to that he worked in various senior management roles including general manager. Over the past 16 years he has worked for BlueSCope Steel, Berker GmbH & Co. KG and Alcan Group in China. Alex has significant experience in sales & marketing and new business development. He also has experience of procurement, customer service and logistic.

Since joining Low & Bonar Alex has established a very capable organisation and manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China and is the senior executive representative of Low & Bonar in the APAC region. He also oversees activities in APAC including maintaining and improving key relationships in the region, driving business growth and developing and optimising resources in line with company strategy.

Alex holds a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from Tongji University, China.

 

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Gavin Leathem

Gavin Leathem

Group HR Director

Experience:

Gavin joined Low & Bonar in May 2019 having gained extensive HR, Executive and Remuneration Committee experience across a variety of major manufacturing environments.  Gavin has developed expertise in talent management, reward and benefits and organisational development prior to taking on overall HR responsibility. Gavin has formerly undertaken roles at GEC-Marconi Ltd (now BAE Systems), Chloride Group PLC, Emerson Network Power and for the last 5 years at Essentra PLC.  

Among Gavin’s qualifications he possesses an MSc in Human Resources Management, is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development as well as holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel. 

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CLARK HALLADAY

CLARK HALLADAY

Regional Director Colbond Americas

Experience:

Clark is a global sales, marketing & business development executive with more than 25 years of experience. He developed expertise in global business intelligence, strategic planning, and commercial leadership during tenures with divisions of United States Steel, BF Goodrich, Qannex and Performance Fibers (formerly Honeywell/Allied Signal). In addition, he was a management investor and served on the leadership team of TruSeal Technologies a specialty chemical business created following the acquisition of Tremco Inc.’s Window Markets division by Kirtland Capital Partners.

Clark joined Low & Bonar in 2013 and serves as the Global Business Director for the Building and Industrial Division and the North American Sales and Marketing Director. In his dual role, Clark leads the strategic planning process and technical B2B sales and marketing efforts for a diverse group of industrial, technical textile, and high performance building product industries.

A graduate of Duke University, Clark also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Financial Management from Southeastern University.

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Jan de Jong

Jan de Jong

Group Business Improvement Director

Experience:

Jan is a graduate of Business Administration at the Free University of Amsterdam and is also a qualified accountant. He joined Low and Bonar in October 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience in Finance, gained in a variety of different companies. Previously Jan spent seven years at Akzo Nobel and held various financial positions both in the Netherlands and Germany. Prior to joining Low and Bonar Jan spent 9 years as CFO at Verosol, a manufacturer of interior blinds, where he amongst other things was responsible for the delisting from the Dutch stock exchange.

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Johann Bryan

Johann Bryan

Global Business Director, Coated Technical Textiles

Johann joined Low & Bonar in November 2017 from Rollepaal, a Dutch capital goods manufacturer, where he was Chief Commercial Officer focusing on the plastic pipe industry.

Experience:

He has extensive international commercial leadership experience in B2B markets having worked in Fokker Aviation and the railway industry before moving to the global fibre business with both Diolen Industrial Fibers (formerly Acordis/Akzo Nobel Fibers) and Performance Fibers (Luxemburg).

He is a graduate of University of Hertfordshire (MBA, 2002) and INSEAD.

 

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Monique Buch-Nelissen

Monique Buch-Nelissen

Regional Director Colbond EMEA

Experience:

Monique is a graduate of Industrial Management & Engineering at the University of Twente and joined Low & Bonar in January 2019 from her role as Director Operations Glass Reinforcements EU at Owens Corning Inc, a NYSE listed company in the building sector. Monique spent 14 years at Owens Corning Inc in various senior international positions in which she led teams and gained manufacturing sector experience. Prior to this Monique worked for Kendrion N.V, a Dutch multinational listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange.

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Peter Coolen

Peter Coolen

Group Director Operations

Experience:

Peter joined Low & Bonar in 2006 having worked for British Gas in the UK and for Akzo Nobel in the US and the Netherlands. He has held various positions in R&D, technology and operations and brings more than 20 years of experience in fibre, nonwoven and 3D materials technology. Before being appointed to his current role Peter held key positions at Low & Bonar in Operations, Sales, Technology & Engineering.

Peter is a graduate from Twente University and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.

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