When: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022: 10:00 AM ET
Having a strong strategy on sustainability is essential to the long-term viability of any business, especially in an industry like absorbent hygiene products. For the AHPs industry, long-term sustainability thinking requires thinking about the entire life-cycle of our products: which means designing with sustainable sourcing, production, and end-of-life scenarios in mind.
Over 23 years in the Nonwoven Industry
- Served in key roles including Global Director of Intellectual Property, Director New Product Development Task Force Team and Director of Market Business Intelligence
- Been with Avgol Nonwovens for 10 years, first as an outside IP consultant and now as Vice-President of Marketing; previously 9 years with PGI
- Inventor on over 90 patent applications and author of Thought Leadership articles directed to the Nonwoven’s Industry
Mirelle Kong-Van Rekum
Mireille Kong – Van Rekum is Vice President Fiber Sales for the EMEA region at Indorama Hygiene. Mireille has extensive experience within the Nonwovens Industry, across a breadth of functions inclusive of engineering, business development and Sales. Throughout her 22 year career, Mireille has worked in Nonwovens, Wet Wipes and more recently in Fiber Manufacturing, having held positions with The Berry Group, Suominen, and more recently with Indorama Ventures, which she joined in 2015. In her current role, Mireille has responsibility for leading the EMEA Sales Teams for Indorama Hygiene’s Fiber Manufacturing sites in Europe (Trevira, Wellman and FiberVisions).
Mireille holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and Textile Engineering from the Saxion University in Enschede, the Netherlands and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Management at the University of Hertfordshire, England.
Richard Horne is Polymateria’s Chief Commercial Officer, leading their commercial endeavours around the globe to scale the business. Prior to joining Polymateria, Richard was Vice President of Packaging and Circular Economy at Borouge (a leading petrochemical JV between Adnoc and Borealis) heading a multibillion-dollar global business and involved in various sustainability focused initiatives such as founding the Plastics Recycling Association of Singapore and as Chairman of the Industry and Sustainability Committee for the Singapore Chemical Industry Council.Richard is based in Singapore, having lived there for just over 6 years, and has previously spent 6.5 years with Amcor Ltd in various roles across Europe, Asia and Oceania, latterly as Sales & Marketing Director for Amcor’s food business in Asia and before that as General Manager – Sales, Marketing, Commercial, R&D for the Amcor New Zealand business.