Avantium N.V., (Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels: AVTX) (“Avantium” or “the Company”) a leading chemical technology company and forerunner in renewable chemistry, announces that today Mr. Kees Verhaar has been appointed as Chairman of Avantium’s Supervisory Board.
At an extraordinary shareholders meeting on November 30, 2017 Avantium’s shareholders unanimously endorsed the appointment of Kees Verhaar as a member of the Supervisory Board until the end of the annual general meeting in 2021. Subsequently the Supervisory Board appointed Mr. Verhaar as its Chairman, succeeding Mr. Jan van der Eijk. Mr. van der Eijk will continue in his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Synvina, the Joint Venture of Avantium and BASF.
Kees Verhaar’s has a wealth of experience as CEO of Arizona Chemicals, the world leading wood-based chemicals company and his 30-year track record in the chemical industry, which includes extensive collaboration with sophisticated financial investors. Kees Verhaar is currently chairman of the advisory board of three business units of Ten Cate, an international advanced materials company.
“We are very proud to have Kees Verhaar strengthening Avantium as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He brings a wealth of experience in the chemicals and renewables industries,” says Tom van Aken, CEO of Avantium. “Following our successful IPO in March 2017, Avantium has advanced to the next phase of commercialization. Kees’ broad experience and expertise are very valuable to support Avantium in building a winning renewable chemistry company.”
We would like to thank our former Chairman, Jan van der Eijk, for his dedication, strategic guidance and continuous support in his role of Chairman of Avantium. We look forward to continue working with him in his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Synvina.”