Elemica GmbH

Elemica Builds Business Development Team for European Operations - Five Executives Bring a Wealth of Experience in E-business, the Chemicals Industry and Supply Chain Management

- Cross-reference: Photos are available at: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de/galerie.htx?type=obs Frankfurt (ots) - Elemica, a neutral e-business network founded by some of the world's leading chemical companies to serve the global chemical industry, today announced the appointment of five executives to its European business development team: Alberto Fasani, Francis Gainet, Cord Matthies, Nicola Sands and Hans-Jürgen Weyh. As directors of account management for Elemica's European operations, they will lead the company's sales efforts and client support needs in their respective markets. "This diverse and talented team brings multi-cultural backgrounds and multi-functional work experiences that will benefit our European clients," said Bertrand Petit, chief operating officer for Elemica Europe. "They will be part of our global team facing our customers and will offer, when needed, global coordination for companies connecting to the Elemica network. "With Elemica's upcoming rollout of the Connected Solution, the team will be available to assist clients with their functionality and connectivity questions and support needs - eventually reaching 24/7 customer support across Europe." The new team will be responsible for fulfilling a multitude of client needs, including external requests for sales information, training, employment opportunities, literature requests and general information about the company. The directors of commercial solutions will also assist customers with questions related to transactions, connectivity, account maintenance and billing. Additionally, the directors will develop a customer-facing knowledge base, enabling clients to address issues for themselves and providing faster resolution for their inquiries. Their areas of responsibility: - Fasani - Italy, Portugal and Spain - Gainet - France - Matthies - Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands - Sands - The United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden - Weyh - Austria, The Czech Republic and Germany Fasani joins Elemica with nearly 20 years of management experience in marketing and sales in the chemical and plastics industries. Prior to joining Elemica, Fasani served as a sales director for CheMatch.com in Europe. In that role, he was in charge of developing a commodity plastics online exchange and auction platform serving the European region. He has also held sales and marketing positions with Amoco and The Dow Chemical Company in Europe. Fasani holds an MBA from Università L. Bocconi, Scuola di Direzione Asiendale in Milano and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Additionally, he has taken supplemental technical, financial and management courses, including studies at the Management Center Europe, INSEAD and the Center for Creative Leadership. As the former global support manager for SAP, Gainet comes to Elemica with a wealth of experience in supporting customers in their globalization strategies, supply chain management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation. Prior to working for SAP, he served as the chief financial officer and vice president for Burton Corblin, an engineering firm and gas compressor producer. Also, Gainet lead business development, acquisitions and organizational change initiatives for Sagem, an electronic and defense company in Paris. Gainet holds an MBA from EAP-ESCP, Paris, a degree in operational research from Paris IX Dauphine University, and he is a CPA. Matthies brings with him a wealth of experience in program and project management, design and operation of computerized supply-chain facilities in the chemical industry, and re-design of business and technical processes. Most recently, Matthies served as a principal consultant for PA Consulting, representing the chemicals industry in their manufacturing practice. In this role, he was active in business development, marketing, e-business and supply chain management. Before joining PA Consulting, Matthies worked for Solvay for 10 years. He received an MSc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Clausthal, and an MBA from Boston University in Brussels. Prior to joining Elemica, Sands worked for ICI Acrylics as an internal supply chain and customer service analyst and consultant where she was part of a team responsible for eliminating supply chain costs without compromising customer value. During her 13-year tenure at ICI, she held positions of escalating responsibility, including marketing analyst, project implementation manager, business development, international customer service executive and quality assurance coordinator. Sands recently received an MBA from the University of Durham Business School and a national diploma in business studies. Weyh formerly worked for Ciba Speciality Chemicals, Inc., where he was head of e-business and publishing. In that role, he created an Internet concept for the textile dyes division, launched the company's new Web site and played a leading role in the project team that developed the company-wide e-business portal. Weyh spoke at the e-business for Chemicals and Plastics seminar in Europe last year and at the IQPC conference on e-business for the Chemical Industry in January 2001. Weyh received a degree in textile engineering specializing in textile chemistry and finishing from Munchberg Technical College. About Elemica Elemica is a premier global neutral e-business network for the contract buying and selling of chemicals. The company will offer an integrated, end-to-end system, enabling buyers and sellers to streamline their business processes for contract sales and improve negotiation, contract management, order fulfillment and payment. Elemica's comprehensive solution creates powerful efficiencies and offers support that extends from pre-sales through negotiation and contracting, and continues through the transaction, supply chain, and after-sales processes. Phased rollouts of full integration services are scheduled for 2001. The e-marketplace's 22 investors include: Air Products and Chemicals, ATOFINA, BASF, Bayer, BP, Brenntag, Celanese, ChemCentral, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Degussa, The Dow Chemical Company, DSM, DuPont, Millennium Chemicals, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Mitsui Chemicals, Rhodia, Rohm and Haas, Shell, Solvay, Sumitomo Chemical and Vopak. ots Original Text Service: Elemica Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch Contact: Neil Gussman Elemica, Inc. Phone: (215) 599-1200 ext. 1299 E-Mail: ngussman@elemica.com Citigate Demuth GmbH Stefan Oberdörfer Phone: +49 69 170071-68 E-Mail: oberdoerfer@citigate-demuth.de Internet: www.elemica.com

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