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26th June 2018, Rennes

Demeta announces key appointments

Gilles Aubagnac. © DemetaDemeta, a leader in new generation catalysts for green chemistry, has strengthened its management team with new appointments as part of its strategy, which is focused on the commercialisation of its high performance NexTene resins.

Gilles Aubagnac has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Gilles brings 25-years’ experience in financial roles within high-growth private and public companies. After seven years as auditor at Ernst & Young (France and US), Gilles held CFO positions at Netgem (IPO in 2000), VideoFutur (IPO in 2010), Lucibel (IPO in 2014) and, more recently at Solex Group/Easybike.

Ralph Hedel has joined Demeta as Chief Commercial Officer. Ralph started his career at Arcelor (US) as a business developer in the specialty steel division. He then moved as Sales and Plant Manager at Sca packaging – now DS Smith. Within the past 12 years, Ralph was Head of Sales and Marketing EMEA at Telene, one of the leaders in poly-DCPD resins. With such a deep knowledge of this market, Raph Hedel joins Demeta with the objective to accelerate the commercial development of the NexTene resins.

Ralph Hedel. © DemetaSylvain Allain has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer. Sylvain Allain started to work in the automotive industry before quickly moving to Telene S.A.S, a leader in poly-DCPD resins, as Deputy Technical Director, in charge of applications development, customer technical support, pilot hall and product qualification. Within Demeta, Sylvain Allain will oversee all activities related to toll-formulation, applications development, product development, and product qualification.

“I am very pleased that Demeta is able to attract such experienced professionals. Their expertise will be extremely valuable to our team and our partners, and will contribute to accelerate our commercial development,” explained Patrick Piot, CEO at Demeta. “The addition of Ralph Hedel and Sylvain Allain will be key to enter our strategic markets: RIM body panels for construction and agricultural equipment, oil and gas, and high-performance composite materials.”

Sylvain Allain. © DemetaDemeta develops new generation catalysts for green chemistry. A catalyst is a patented molecular tool, used in very low amount, to simplify chemical reactions, thereby reducing processing costs and environmental footprint, and making chemical processes safer.

With its first technology platform (Olefin Metathesis), Demeta commercialises NexTene resins, a new family of high performance materials, with a focus on four different markets: complex parts produced by RIM processing, oil and gas, composites materials and specialty adhesives. With its second technology platform (Polymetallic Catalysis), Demeta develops oxidative technologies for the production of precursors for polymers, flavours and fragrances, pharma intermediates or specialty esters.

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