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Chief Executive Officer of Solvay
Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company which through its science, innovations and purpose contributes to protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life.
Under her mandate to unleash Solvay’s potential and her purpose‐driven leadership, the group launched its strategy G.R.O.W. to drive growth, cash and returns through distinct business mandates, a unifying operating model and a forceful customer culture; its holistic and bold Solvay One Planet sustainability objectives to drive superior long‐term value creation; as well as Solvay’s Purpose and compass: We bond People, Ideas and Elements to Reinvent Progress with the vision to create sustainable shared value for all.
Dr. Kadri is a world citizen who has worked across four continents with leading chemical and packaging multinationals like Dow and Sealed Air, and in markets ranging from automotive and aerospace to water desalination, hygiene and healthcare. Before Solvay, Ilham Kadri was CEO and President of U.S.‐based hygiene and cleaning solutions provider Diversey, having led its purposeful turnaround and growth, subsequent spin off and divestiture.
Ilham Kadri is an independent board member at A.O. Smith and L’Oréal. She is an Executive Committee member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), steering committee member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and a permanent member of the International Business Council (IBC), part of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The common themes in Ilham Kadri’s personal and professional life are education, inclusion and diversity as well as sustainability, topics she strongly advocates to help create more equal opportunities, prosperity and a healthier planet for future generations. She is committed to promoting women in STEM. She’s the founder of the ISSA Hygieia™ Network, a U.S.‐based foundation championing women in the hygiene industry. In 2020, soon after the onset of the COVID‐19 pandemic, she created the Solvay Solidarity Fund, building followership with employees and shareholders to support Solvay colleagues and their families in need. In a matter of weeks, the Fund collected 12 million euros and the initiative inspired other companies to follow suit.
In 2019, she entered Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in International Business, ranking 21st out of 50.
Dr. Kadri holds a degree in chemical engineering from L’École des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg and a PhD in macromolecular physico‐chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University.