Azelis announces corporate and regional senior management appointments

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Azelis announces a number of internal changes in corporate and regional senior management appointments, as part of an on-going programme to optimise synergies and exchange skills and knowledge within the Group: Ultimately to drive profitable growth.

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Anna Bertona, appointed Chief Strategy & Principles Officer and member of the Azelis Executive Committee.

Anna Bertona, previously Group VP Strategic Planning & Implementation is appointed Chief Strategy & Principals Officer and also becomes a member of the Azelis Executive Committee. Anna Bertona is responsible for Principal Management & Development and for ensuring the definition and implementation of the Group and International Business strategies, their translation into action plans at a regional and local level and to drive group-wide improvement programs.

Anna Bertona comments, “It is an exciting time to be part of the Azelis story right now. With strong leadership, strategic focus and the sound financial springboard that we have in place, I truly believe that we will grow rapidly over the coming years.”

At a regional level, Benoit Fritz, currently Group VP Business & Principal Development Europe & Americas is appointed Regional Managing Director Benelux France, replacing Michel Vandermeiren who takes on the role as Regional Managing Director Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH).

Benoit Fritz said, “I look forward to working with the very capable Azelis teams in Benelux France to further grow business across our markets. In line with Azelis’ strategy, we aim to maximise synergies and enhance our product offering and service provision.” He aims to build upon the successful foundation achieved by Michel and will mainly be based in the Paris office.

Michel Vandermeiren commented, “I know that I am leaving Azelis Benelux France in good hands. Benoit has a wealth of corporate and business knowledge along with a global outlook and strong local focus. I relish the prospect of working with new colleagues in DACH, leading them to achieve even greater success in this key growth engine within the company.” Michel will be mainly based in Azelis’ Sankt Augustin site near Cologne, Germany.

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Michel Vandermeiren, appointed Regional Manager Director Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH)

All changes were effective September 1st, 2014.

About Azelis

Azelis is the leading global speciality chemicals distributor providing a diverse range of innovative products and services. We serve more than 20,000 customers in the coatings, chemicals, rubber & plastic additives, food & health, animal nutrition, pharma and personal care industries.

Through sourcing and distribution channels in every major market around the world, Azelis with its corporate service centre in Antwerp, Belgium, offers chemical producers market penetration, in-depth local knowledge, value-added services and tailored multi-territory solutions. Azelis, backed by private equity investor 3i, has a turnover of

€1 billion and employs 1,100 knowledgeable people located in 37 facilities in 33 countries across Europe, Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

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