Press release

Brussels, October 15, 2014 --- Solvay has appointed An Nuyttens as President of the Silica Global Business Unit, succeeding Tom Benner who left the Group. 

A Belgian national, An Nuyttens holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA in Management, both from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium. She joined Solvay in 1991 as technical manager in the Group’s Transformation department. She then turned her career toward marketing and sales. Based in Europe and then in the United States for five years, An Nuyttens’ responsibilities grew within the Specialty Polymers activities. In 2005, she returned to Solvay headquarters in Brussels to hold different business positions. She became worldwide manager of High Barrier Polymers in 2012. 

An Nuyttens joined Silica’s management committee in June 2014 as Strategy and Marketing Director. 

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The inventor of Highly Dispersible Silica in the 90s, Solvay Silica is today a world leader with a market share of above 60% and provides innovative solutions to the challenges of sustainable mobility. With eight manufacturing sites and four R&I laboratories on four continents, Silica offers innovative solutions for personal care applications such as toothpastes and exfoliating beads, animal nutrition, high performance membranes and reinforced rubber.

As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world's top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aeronautics or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society's quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,400 people in 56 countries and generated 9.9 billion euros in net sales in 2013. Solvay SA is listed as SOLB.BE on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR).