PCEP’s Expanded Steering Board Holds First Meeting with Representatives from CABKA, Dow, LyondellBasell, PepsiCo and Repsol

In a move to reflect the diversity of the polyolefins value chain, the Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) has expanded its steering board, including its first female board member and a representative from a global brand owner. Supporting the organization’s goal to transform the entire polyolefin system from a linear to a circular economy, the PCEP steering board now consists of 10 members providing a broad range of experience from across the value chain. New board members elected at the annual meeting on May 6, 2021, were:

Tim Litjens (CEO of CABKA Group). Tim is based in Germany and, prior to joining CABKA Group in 2016, he held various senior management positions with strong focus on performance materials at health, nutrition and materials conglomerate Royal DSM.

Pedro Lopez (Product Director LDPE EMEA of Dow) Based in Horgen, Switzerland, Pedro has worked for Dow for 20 years in various product development and technical sales roles. In 2017 he was promoted to Product Director LDPE for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics Division and holds a seat on TDESA Board of Directors.

Rüdiger Klein (Vice President, Polyolefins Sales Europe of LyondellBasell). Rüdiger has over 35 years of experience in the plastics industry through various commercial roles in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is based in the Netherlands and chair of the polyolefin group of PlasticsEurope

Ornella Cosomati (EU Public Policy, Government Affairs and Communications Manager of PepsiCo). Operating from Brussels and a member of PepsiCo’s Public Policy team, Ornella has been working in EU regulatory affairs since 2013, before which she spent time working in the UK parliament.

Pablo Giner (Polyethylene Business Director of Repsol). Pablo is based in Spain and has spent more than 20 years at Repsol, working in a variety of roles in the US and Europe. After leading the Polyolefins Technical Support and Product Development Team at the firm’s Tech Lab, he was appointed Polyethylene Director in 2017.

Venetia Spencer, PCEP Secretary General, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the new members of our Steering Board. This is a milestone for PCEP, as we now have our first woman board member as well as our first brand owner representative.”

Spencer continued: “Undeterred by the challenges of operating amid a global pandemic, PCEP has come a long way since our first AGM last spring. Our membership continues to expand and, as an industry, we are starting to deliver on our voluntary commitments.

“The expanded Steering Board reflects both our strengths as an organisation, as well as our firm commitment to deliver a circular polyolefin economy. I hope to see representatives of the retail and waste management industries join us in the near future.”
At the AGM in May, PCEP adopted a work programme and operational budget, as well as 2020 financial statements and updated articles of association. The expanded PCEP board now has representatives from five producers (Borealis, Dow, LyondellBasell, Repsol and SABIC), two converters (ALPLA and RKW), two recyclers (CABKA and Van Werven) and one brand owner (PepsiCo).

For more information about PCEP please visit: https://pcep.eu

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