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Executive Leadership Team

With deep expertise drawn from leadership roles at Solenis and other global companies, our executives fuel transformation and support growth worldwide. Meet the team.

John E. Panichella

Chief Executive Officer

John E. Panichella has been chief executive officer of Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. Under his guidance, Solenis has grown to more than 15,000 employees and 70 manufacturing sites in 130 countries from 3,500 employees and 30 manufacturing sites in 118 countries.

Through organic growth and a series of mergers and acquisitions, including Diversey Holdings in July 2023 and the paper and water chemicals business of BASF in 2019, Panichella has steered Solenis to global leadership in specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries. The company has been recognized multiple times for its environmental efforts and safety record. 

Panichella has held leadership roles in the global water industry for nearly 40 years and is a member of the board of directors for the American Chemistry Council and the European Chemical Industry Council. In 2016, he received the Winthrop-Sears Medal for Entrepreneurial Achievement from The Chemists Club of New York.

He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, in Tempe, Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Professional career

  • President, Ashland Water Technologies and Senior Vice President, Ashland, Inc., 2013-2014.
  • Group Operating Officer, Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Ashland Water Technologies, and Senior Vice President, Ashland, Inc., 2012-2013.
  • President, Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Senior Vice President, Ashland, Inc., 2008-2012.
  • President, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Ashland, Inc., 2006-2008.
  • Vice President, General Electric Water and Process Technologies, 2001-2006.
  • Vice President, Global Hydrocarbon Processing, BetzDearborn, 2000-2001.
Philip M. Patterson Jr.

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Philip M. Patterson Jr. has been senior vice president and chief financial officer for Solenis since 2018. He is responsible for all financial activities of the company, including accounting, treasury, tax, controllership and financial planning and analysis, as well as information technology, shared services, and the global consulting and analytics group.

Patterson led the completion of a comprehensive refinancing of the company in 2019, substantially improving its liquidity and financial flexibility. He also secured financing which enabled the transaction bringing the BASF Paper and Water Chemicals business to Solenis. The same year, he successfully negotiated the relocation and build-out of the company’s world headquarters.

Patterson is a native of Delaware and holds an executive master’s degree in business administration in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, both from the University of Delaware. He has also completed coursework in strategy at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Patterson is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants and the CFO Advisory Board.

Professional career

  • Senior Vice President, Strategy, and CFO, CP Kelco division of the J.M. Huber Corp., 2011-2018.
  • CFO, Engineered Materials Division, CP Kelco division of the J.M. Huber Corp., 2010-2011.
  • CFO, Aqualon Group, Hercules, Inc., 2007-2010.
  • Various management and financial and reporting responsibilities for divisions within Hercules, Campbell Soup Co. and Associated British Foods, 1995-2007.
  • Senior auditor/manager, Price Waterhouse LLP, 1991-1995.
Royce A. Warrick

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Royce Warrick has been senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. She is responsible for the company’s global legal and governance activities, including ethics and compliance, intellectual property and data privacy. 

She led the establishment of the Deliberate EthicsSM Culture at Solenis, with a week designated each year for company-wide focus on a different ethics and compliance topic. In 2019, her department was honored for innovation by the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report.

A native of Willingboro, New Jersey, USA, Warrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a juris doctor degree from the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She is admitted to the bar in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Warrick is on the Advisory Council of Villanova University’s Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, the Duke Admissions Advisory Committee and the Parents Board at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an executive sponsor of the Women’s International Network of Solenis, a founding leader of the St. John Baptist Church college prep ministry and a founder and trustee of the Roy Blair Paige Foundation, a non-profit enriching the development of servant-leader youth committed to community uplift. She is a member of the board of The American Migraine Foundation and a former board member of the STEM-focused Invent Now Kids.

Professional career

  • Senior Managing Counsel and Global Commercial Counsel, The Dow Chemical Company, 2009-2014.
  • Assistant General Counsel, Rohm and Haas Company, 1989-2009.

Articles

Success with Solutions, Vanguard, August 2018.

Edward J. Connors

Chief Business Officer, Americas

Ed Connors has led our business in the Americas since 2019. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and technology operations in North America and Latin America, in addition to global strategy for the company’s Consumer Solutions business.  

His strong technical background and acumen in strategy, development and product innovation in the specialty chemical industry have been invaluable in restructuring research and development teams to align with vertical markets, creation of centers of excellence around key growth platforms, and aligning objectives with business outcomes.

A co-inventor on six U.S. patents, Connors is a native of New Jersey and holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in polymer chemistry from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University and has completed the Executive Education Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia. He is Six Sigma certified. Connors volunteers for the Fresh Air Fund, an organization supporting underprivileged children.

Professional career

  • Senior Vice President, Industrial Water Technologies, Solenis, 2014-2018.
  • Group Vice President, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland, Inc., 2013-2014.
  • Group Vice President, Coatings and Construction Specialties, Ashland, Inc. 2011-2013.
  • Vice President, Research and Development and Marketing, Hercules, Inc., 2007-2011.
  • Multiple leadership positions, General Electric, Hercules, Inc. and BetzDearborn, 1988-2006.
Jacques Herber

Chief Business Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia

Jacques Herber has led our business in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia since 2022. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and technology operations in the regions, in addition to global strategy for the company’s Industrial Solutions business. His executive leadership skills include demonstrated success in profit and loss, turnaround of underperforming assets and operations excellence, and a broad background in European business. 

Herber holds an executive master’s of business administration degree from the London Business School in the United Kingdom and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; a master’s in business management and marketing degree from ICN Business School in Nancy, France, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Université de Metz, France.

Professional career

  • Managing Director and CEO, BMS Building Materials Suisse, 2021-2022.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Selecta, 2020-2021.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Unilabs, 2019-2020.
  • Senior Vice President and General Manager, Latin America; Senior Vice President and Market Head, Europe West, and other senior European positions, Ecolab, 2007-2019.
  • President and General Manager, Carbone Savoie – GrafTech, 2004-2007.
    Multiple leadership and sales positions, GrafTech, Arcelor and Ekato Corp. 1992-2004.
Gaetano Redaelli

Global Business President, Institutional Solutions and Chief Technology Officer

Gaetano Redaelli joined Solenis in July 2023 as part of the Diversey transaction, taking the role of global business president, Institutional Solutions and the newly created position of chief technology officer. He is responsible for profit and loss for the business, plus global innovation, digital solutions, research and development and product regulatory activities for the company.

During more than 30 years mainly in the food and beverage industry in Europe and the U.S., Redaelli has led the successful development of new business models, strategic partnerships, efficiency improvement and profitability enhancement. During his tenure as chief strategy officer, Diversey won the 2022 Profit with a Purpose Award at the World Sustainability Awards.

He holds a master’s degree in marketing from Cranfield University in the UK and a doctorate in food science from Università degli Studi di Milano in Italy.

Professional career

  • Global President, Professional Division and Chief Strategic Development Officer, Diversey Holdings Ltd., 2018-2023.
  • President, Europe, Diversey Holdings Ltd., 2017-2018.
  • Global Vice President, Food Care Hygiene Solutions and Knowledge-based Services, Sealed Air Corp., 2015-2017.
  • Vice President, Global Food and Beverage Sector, Sealed Air Corp., 2012-2013.
  • Multiple leadership positions, Diversey, JohnsonDiversey, DiverseyLever and Diversey Italia, 1988-2011.
Ruud Verheul

Global Business President, Food and Beverage Solutions

Ruud Verheul joined Solenis in July 2023 as part of the Diversey transaction, taking the role of global business president, Food and Beverage Solutions.

During more than 30 years in the food and beverage industry, he has held roles in research and development, innovation, portfolio management, sales management and marketing.

Verheul holds a master’s degree in physical and colloid chemistry from the University of Utrecht and master’s degree in chemical technology from the University of Amsterdam, both in the Netherlands. 

Professional career

  • Global President, Food and Beverage Division, Diversey Holdings Ltd., 2018-2023; Vice President, 2017-2018.
  • Vice President, Food Care Hygiene Solutions, EMEA, Sealed Air Corp., 2015-2017.
  • Vice President, Food and Beverage, Europe, Sealed Air Corp., 2011-2015.
  • Multiple leadership positions, Diversey, JohnsonDiversey, DiverseyLever, Lever Otares, Lever Industrial and Unilever, 1986-2014.
Dan Key

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Dan Key joined Solenis in January 2022 as senior vice president and the company’s first chief operations officer. He is responsible for Supply Chain and Operations, Global Sourcing, Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Assurance and Improvement.

Over the past few roles, Key and his teams have achieved significant improvements in numerous areas including safety, quality, delivery, inventory, cost and people development. Key utilizes the strong and capable competencies of his team by focusing them on continuously improving their areas of responsibility. Recently, Key and his team improved delivery by more than 50 percent in On Time, In Full, improved gross profit margin by 400 basis points, and decreased gross inventory by 40 percent.

A native of the Chicago, Illinois, area, Key holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in business administration from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Professional career

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Dentsply Sirona, 2019-2022.
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Axalta Coating Systems, 2016-2019.
  • Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Sigma-Aldrich, 2013-2015.
  • Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, UOP, a Honeywell Company, 2010-2013.
  • Vice President, Manufacturing, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, 2007-2010.
David P. Nocek

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer

David Nocek has been senior vice president and chief human resources and communications officer for Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. He is responsible for all aspects of global human resources and corporate communications.

From the first days of Solenis through the present, Nocek has driven the establishment of a company culture built on people, performance and results. Key to this was the development of talented, diverse leaders and teams worldwide; regular generation of metrics about employee attitudes and action items drawn from the data, and a continuous improvement mentality striving toward excellence in human resources and corporate communications operations. Survey ratings from employees have been both high and improving, even as the company experiences significant growth.

Nocek holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in human resource development from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He completed the Strategic Business Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and Human Capital Strategies, and is a member of the Human Resources Policy Association. Nocek served on the board of the International Employers Forum, a non-profit organization providing information and networking opportunities for legal and HR professionals whose organizations employ workers globally. He and his family live in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA.

Professional career

  • Global leader, Talent Management, Ashland, Inc., 2012-2014.
  • Global HR leader, Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland, Inc., 2010-2011.
  • Global HR business director, Dow Chemical Company, 2009-2010.
  • Various HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility, Rohm and Haas Company, 1998-2009.

 

Dr. Lotta Kanto Öqvist

Chief Sustainability Officer

Lotta Kanto Öqvist has been chief sustainability officer since July 2021, leading continuous improvement in all areas of the company’s environmental, social and governance efforts, including helping our customers achieve their own goals. She has been with Solenis and its predecessor companies since 1997, working in marketing and technology roles for both the Consumer Solutions and Industrial Solutions sides of our business.

Öqvist is inventor or co-inventor on six patents for water treatment and is a recipient of our company’s highest honor, the President’s Roundtable, in the Leadership category. She holds a doctorate in applied chemistry and microbiology from Helsinki University in Finland and a master’s in chemical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Professional career

  • Vice President, Global Marketing and Technology, Industrial Solutions, 2020-present.
  • Technical Director, research and development and Customer Applications Laboratories; global research and development lead, Biorefining, Krefeld, Germany, 2016-2020.
  • Global Research and Development Lead, Biorefining (Food and Beverage), and Regional Lead, Customer Applications Laboratories, Krefeld, Germany, 2012-2016.
  • Regional Lead, Customer Applications Laboratories, Krefeld, Germany, 2009-2012.
  • Positions of increasing responsibility in laboratory management, marketing, sales, and new markets development, 1997-2009.
Charles D. Wallace

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Charles Wallace has been senior vice president and chief information officer for Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. He leads a team responsible for the company’s global information technology operations, digital security, business analytics, shared services and process improvement and automation. He also leads the steering committee for Solenis’ efforts in corporate social responsibility.

Drawing on more than 35 years of diverse experience, he built the Solenis IT department from one person to an independent operation in less than a year, followed by the establishment of a Global Shared Services group in less than three years.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wallace holds a master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He has participated in professional workshops and certification programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, NPower Pennsylvania and YMCA of Delaware. 

Professional career

  • Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, Keystone Foods, 2009-2014.
  • Executive Director and Chief Technology Architect, Rohm and Haas, 1998-2009.
  • Commercial Banking Systems Consultant, CoreStates Bank and First Union Bank, 1996-1998.
  • Manager, Systems Programming and Global Infrastructure, Rohm and Haas, 1993-1996.
  • Manager, Technical Services, American Packaging Corp., 1990-1993.
Scott Barrett

Vice President, Global Corporate Development, Strategy and M&A

Scott Barrett has been responsible for corporate development, mergers and acquisitions activity for Solenis since June 2020, in addition to collaborating with executive leadership on the enterprise strategy. During this time, Solenis has completed several highly strategic transactions, including the $4.6 billion acquisition of Diversey Holdings Ltd. in July 2023.

Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, and a master’s in business administration in finance, both from Rutgers University.

Professional career

  • Vice President, Corporate Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax, Atlas Energy, 2007-2019.
  • Vice President, Goldman Sachs, 2003-2007.
  • Director, PNC, 2001-2003.
John E. Panichella

Chief Executive Officer

John E. Panichella has been chief executive officer of Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. Under his guidance, Solenis has grown to more than 15,000 employees and 70 manufacturing sites in 130 countries from 3,500 employees and 30 manufacturing sites in 118 countries.

Through organic growth and a series of mergers and acquisitions, including Diversey Holdings in July 2023 and the paper and water chemicals business of BASF in 2019, Panichella has steered Solenis to global leadership in specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries. The company has been recognized multiple times for its environmental efforts and safety record. 

Panichella has held leadership roles in the global water industry for nearly 40 years and is a member of the board of directors for the American Chemistry Council and the European Chemical Industry Council. In 2016, he received the Winthrop-Sears Medal for Entrepreneurial Achievement from The Chemists Club of New York.

He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, in Tempe, Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Professional career

  • President, Ashland Water Technologies and Senior Vice President, Ashland, Inc., 2013-2014.
  • Group Operating Officer, Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Ashland Water Technologies, and Senior Vice President, Ashland, Inc., 2012-2013.
  • President, Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Senior Vice President, Ashland, Inc., 2008-2012.
  • President, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Ashland, Inc., 2006-2008.
  • Vice President, General Electric Water and Process Technologies, 2001-2006.
  • Vice President, Global Hydrocarbon Processing, BetzDearborn, 2000-2001.
Philip M. Patterson Jr.

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Philip M. Patterson Jr. has been senior vice president and chief financial officer for Solenis since 2018. He is responsible for all financial activities of the company, including accounting, treasury, tax, controllership and financial planning and analysis, as well as information technology, shared services, and the global consulting and analytics group.

Patterson led the completion of a comprehensive refinancing of the company in 2019, substantially improving its liquidity and financial flexibility. He also secured financing which enabled the transaction bringing the BASF Paper and Water Chemicals business to Solenis. The same year, he successfully negotiated the relocation and build-out of the company’s world headquarters.

Patterson is a native of Delaware and holds an executive master’s degree in business administration in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, both from the University of Delaware. He has also completed coursework in strategy at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Patterson is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants and the CFO Advisory Board.

Professional career

  • Senior Vice President, Strategy, and CFO, CP Kelco division of the J.M. Huber Corp., 2011-2018.
  • CFO, Engineered Materials Division, CP Kelco division of the J.M. Huber Corp., 2010-2011.
  • CFO, Aqualon Group, Hercules, Inc., 2007-2010.
  • Various management and financial and reporting responsibilities for divisions within Hercules, Campbell Soup Co. and Associated British Foods, 1995-2007.
  • Senior auditor/manager, Price Waterhouse LLP, 1991-1995.
Royce A. Warrick

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Royce Warrick has been senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. She is responsible for the company’s global legal and governance activities, including ethics and compliance, intellectual property and data privacy. 

She led the establishment of the Deliberate EthicsSM Culture at Solenis, with a week designated each year for company-wide focus on a different ethics and compliance topic. In 2019, her department was honored for innovation by the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report.

A native of Willingboro, New Jersey, USA, Warrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a juris doctor degree from the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She is admitted to the bar in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Warrick is on the Advisory Council of Villanova University’s Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, the Duke Admissions Advisory Committee and the Parents Board at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an executive sponsor of the Women’s International Network of Solenis, a founding leader of the St. John Baptist Church college prep ministry and a founder and trustee of the Roy Blair Paige Foundation, a non-profit enriching the development of servant-leader youth committed to community uplift. She is a member of the board of The American Migraine Foundation and a former board member of the STEM-focused Invent Now Kids.

Professional career

  • Senior Managing Counsel and Global Commercial Counsel, The Dow Chemical Company, 2009-2014.
  • Assistant General Counsel, Rohm and Haas Company, 1989-2009.

Articles

Success with Solutions, Vanguard, August 2018.

Edward J. Connors

Chief Business Officer, Americas

Ed Connors has led our business in the Americas since 2019. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and technology operations in North America and Latin America, in addition to global strategy for the company’s Consumer Solutions business.  

His strong technical background and acumen in strategy, development and product innovation in the specialty chemical industry have been invaluable in restructuring research and development teams to align with vertical markets, creation of centers of excellence around key growth platforms, and aligning objectives with business outcomes.

A co-inventor on six U.S. patents, Connors is a native of New Jersey and holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in polymer chemistry from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University and has completed the Executive Education Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia. He is Six Sigma certified. Connors volunteers for the Fresh Air Fund, an organization supporting underprivileged children.

Professional career

  • Senior Vice President, Industrial Water Technologies, Solenis, 2014-2018.
  • Group Vice President, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland, Inc., 2013-2014.
  • Group Vice President, Coatings and Construction Specialties, Ashland, Inc. 2011-2013.
  • Vice President, Research and Development and Marketing, Hercules, Inc., 2007-2011.
  • Multiple leadership positions, General Electric, Hercules, Inc. and BetzDearborn, 1988-2006.
Jacques Herber

Chief Business Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia

Jacques Herber has led our business in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia since 2022. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and technology operations in the regions, in addition to global strategy for the company’s Industrial Solutions business. His executive leadership skills include demonstrated success in profit and loss, turnaround of underperforming assets and operations excellence, and a broad background in European business. 

Herber holds an executive master’s of business administration degree from the London Business School in the United Kingdom and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; a master’s in business management and marketing degree from ICN Business School in Nancy, France, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Université de Metz, France.

Professional career

  • Managing Director and CEO, BMS Building Materials Suisse, 2021-2022.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Selecta, 2020-2021.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Unilabs, 2019-2020.
  • Senior Vice President and General Manager, Latin America; Senior Vice President and Market Head, Europe West, and other senior European positions, Ecolab, 2007-2019.
  • President and General Manager, Carbone Savoie – GrafTech, 2004-2007.
    Multiple leadership and sales positions, GrafTech, Arcelor and Ekato Corp. 1992-2004.
Gaetano Redaelli

Global Business President, Institutional Solutions and Chief Technology Officer

Gaetano Redaelli joined Solenis in July 2023 as part of the Diversey transaction, taking the role of global business president, Institutional Solutions and the newly created position of chief technology officer. He is responsible for profit and loss for the business, plus global innovation, digital solutions, research and development and product regulatory activities for the company.

During more than 30 years mainly in the food and beverage industry in Europe and the U.S., Redaelli has led the successful development of new business models, strategic partnerships, efficiency improvement and profitability enhancement. During his tenure as chief strategy officer, Diversey won the 2022 Profit with a Purpose Award at the World Sustainability Awards.

He holds a master’s degree in marketing from Cranfield University in the UK and a doctorate in food science from Università degli Studi di Milano in Italy.

Professional career

  • Global President, Professional Division and Chief Strategic Development Officer, Diversey Holdings Ltd., 2018-2023.
  • President, Europe, Diversey Holdings Ltd., 2017-2018.
  • Global Vice President, Food Care Hygiene Solutions and Knowledge-based Services, Sealed Air Corp., 2015-2017.
  • Vice President, Global Food and Beverage Sector, Sealed Air Corp., 2012-2013.
  • Multiple leadership positions, Diversey, JohnsonDiversey, DiverseyLever and Diversey Italia, 1988-2011.
Ruud Verheul

Global Business President, Food and Beverage Solutions

Ruud Verheul joined Solenis in July 2023 as part of the Diversey transaction, taking the role of global business president, Food and Beverage Solutions.

During more than 30 years in the food and beverage industry, he has held roles in research and development, innovation, portfolio management, sales management and marketing.

Verheul holds a master’s degree in physical and colloid chemistry from the University of Utrecht and master’s degree in chemical technology from the University of Amsterdam, both in the Netherlands. 

Professional career

  • Global President, Food and Beverage Division, Diversey Holdings Ltd., 2018-2023; Vice President, 2017-2018.
  • Vice President, Food Care Hygiene Solutions, EMEA, Sealed Air Corp., 2015-2017.
  • Vice President, Food and Beverage, Europe, Sealed Air Corp., 2011-2015.
  • Multiple leadership positions, Diversey, JohnsonDiversey, DiverseyLever, Lever Otares, Lever Industrial and Unilever, 1986-2014.
Dan Key

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Dan Key joined Solenis in January 2022 as senior vice president and the company’s first chief operations officer. He is responsible for Supply Chain and Operations, Global Sourcing, Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Assurance and Improvement.

Over the past few roles, Key and his teams have achieved significant improvements in numerous areas including safety, quality, delivery, inventory, cost and people development. Key utilizes the strong and capable competencies of his team by focusing them on continuously improving their areas of responsibility. Recently, Key and his team improved delivery by more than 50 percent in On Time, In Full, improved gross profit margin by 400 basis points, and decreased gross inventory by 40 percent.

A native of the Chicago, Illinois, area, Key holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in business administration from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Professional career

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Dentsply Sirona, 2019-2022.
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Axalta Coating Systems, 2016-2019.
  • Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Sigma-Aldrich, 2013-2015.
  • Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, UOP, a Honeywell Company, 2010-2013.
  • Vice President, Manufacturing, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, 2007-2010.
David P. Nocek

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer

David Nocek has been senior vice president and chief human resources and communications officer for Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. He is responsible for all aspects of global human resources and corporate communications.

From the first days of Solenis through the present, Nocek has driven the establishment of a company culture built on people, performance and results. Key to this was the development of talented, diverse leaders and teams worldwide; regular generation of metrics about employee attitudes and action items drawn from the data, and a continuous improvement mentality striving toward excellence in human resources and corporate communications operations. Survey ratings from employees have been both high and improving, even as the company experiences significant growth.

Nocek holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in human resource development from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He completed the Strategic Business Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and Human Capital Strategies, and is a member of the Human Resources Policy Association. Nocek served on the board of the International Employers Forum, a non-profit organization providing information and networking opportunities for legal and HR professionals whose organizations employ workers globally. He and his family live in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA.

Professional career

  • Global leader, Talent Management, Ashland, Inc., 2012-2014.
  • Global HR leader, Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland, Inc., 2010-2011.
  • Global HR business director, Dow Chemical Company, 2009-2010.
  • Various HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility, Rohm and Haas Company, 1998-2009.

 

Dr. Lotta Kanto Öqvist

Chief Sustainability Officer

Lotta Kanto Öqvist has been chief sustainability officer since July 2021, leading continuous improvement in all areas of the company’s environmental, social and governance efforts, including helping our customers achieve their own goals. She has been with Solenis and its predecessor companies since 1997, working in marketing and technology roles for both the Consumer Solutions and Industrial Solutions sides of our business.

Öqvist is inventor or co-inventor on six patents for water treatment and is a recipient of our company’s highest honor, the President’s Roundtable, in the Leadership category. She holds a doctorate in applied chemistry and microbiology from Helsinki University in Finland and a master’s in chemical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Professional career

  • Vice President, Global Marketing and Technology, Industrial Solutions, 2020-present.
  • Technical Director, research and development and Customer Applications Laboratories; global research and development lead, Biorefining, Krefeld, Germany, 2016-2020.
  • Global Research and Development Lead, Biorefining (Food and Beverage), and Regional Lead, Customer Applications Laboratories, Krefeld, Germany, 2012-2016.
  • Regional Lead, Customer Applications Laboratories, Krefeld, Germany, 2009-2012.
  • Positions of increasing responsibility in laboratory management, marketing, sales, and new markets development, 1997-2009.
Charles D. Wallace

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Charles Wallace has been senior vice president and chief information officer for Solenis since the company’s inception in 2014. He leads a team responsible for the company’s global information technology operations, digital security, business analytics, shared services and process improvement and automation. He also leads the steering committee for Solenis’ efforts in corporate social responsibility.

Drawing on more than 35 years of diverse experience, he built the Solenis IT department from one person to an independent operation in less than a year, followed by the establishment of a Global Shared Services group in less than three years.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wallace holds a master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He has participated in professional workshops and certification programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, NPower Pennsylvania and YMCA of Delaware. 

Professional career

  • Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, Keystone Foods, 2009-2014.
  • Executive Director and Chief Technology Architect, Rohm and Haas, 1998-2009.
  • Commercial Banking Systems Consultant, CoreStates Bank and First Union Bank, 1996-1998.
  • Manager, Systems Programming and Global Infrastructure, Rohm and Haas, 1993-1996.
  • Manager, Technical Services, American Packaging Corp., 1990-1993.
Scott Barrett

Vice President, Global Corporate Development, Strategy and M&A

Scott Barrett has been responsible for corporate development, mergers and acquisitions activity for Solenis since June 2020, in addition to collaborating with executive leadership on the enterprise strategy. During this time, Solenis has completed several highly strategic transactions, including the $4.6 billion acquisition of Diversey Holdings Ltd. in July 2023.

Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, and a master’s in business administration in finance, both from Rutgers University.

Professional career

  • Vice President, Corporate Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax, Atlas Energy, 2007-2019.
  • Vice President, Goldman Sachs, 2003-2007.
  • Director, PNC, 2001-2003.