Fecc-ICIS CEO Rountables 2023


On 15 May 2023, the third edition of the distribution roundtables with CEOs from Fecc member companies will be organised in a virtual format. Following the success of the 2022 roundtables, this special highlight, which will be organised by Fecc and co-hosted by ICIS, will be moderated by long-standing ICIS journalist Will Beacham. The session topics are as follows:

Session 1 (11:00 – 12:00 CET) - Europe petrochemical producers struggle: impact on distributors. Intro - highlight collapse in Europe petrochemical production, profits and causes (high costs, poor economy).

The CEOs will explain what impact they have seen and how they are adapting their businesses. Discussion will include what the current economic situation is as compared to one year ago and how they could possibly see it evolve.

Confirmed participants in this CEO roundtable:

  • Michael Friede, COO of Brenntag Specialties & Member of Brenntag´s Management Board
  • Patrick Elie, Commercial Director of Equilex Chemicals
  • Lars Wallstein, Managing Director IMCD Germany & Fecc Vice-President
  • Francois-Xavier Coiffard, CEO of Novasol Chemicals Group

Registration here.

Session 2 (14:00 – 15:00 CET) - Long-term drivers of change for distribution. How is the reshoring trend/shortening of supply chains in the US and Europe affecting distributors? Other drivers - continuing consolidation, threat or opportunity from digitization. Low carbon/sustainability agenda.

The CEOs will discuss the long-term trends and how they are adapting their businesses.

Confirmed participants in this CEO roundtable:

  • Peter Wilkes, Member of the Executive Board of Biesterfeld Group,
  • Neville Prior, Chairman of Cornelius-Group plc. & Fecc-President,
  • Christopher Erbsloeh, CEO of C.H. Erbsloeh and
  • Herlinde Wauteraerts, CEO Europe Omya.

Registration here

This event is free of charge and open to everyone with an interest in the distribution sector.

We warmly thank the top managers of our member companies for their availability to share their views and expertise as panellists in these prestigious roundtables and invite all of you warmly to attend the sessions.