Cognis Hires New Purchasing Manager

Ryan Mitchell joins Cognis Nutrition & Health as Strategic Purchasing Manager. Mr. Mitchell brings broad experience in business analysis and planning, and understands how industry trends impact an organization’s supply chain. Most recently, he was Global Procurement Manager at The HallStar Company, a specialty chemical manufacturer.

“Cognis and our customers will benefit from Ryan’s proven track record in managing all aspects of worldwide raw material procurement,” said Tom Green, Supply Chain Director, Cognis Nutrition & Health. “His leadership skills and business know-how will further strengthen our focus on new market strategies and products for companies around the globe.”

Mr. Mitchell earned a Masters in Business Administration – Operations Management from DePaulUniversity in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Logistics from The Ohio State University in Columbus. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

About Cognis:

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,500 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and provides value adding solutions and products based on renewable raw materials. The company serves the food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is currently owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2009, Cognis recorded sales of about 2.6 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 364 million euros.

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