Cognis Names Seasoned Food Industry Expert to Lead Marketing Efforts in North America

La Grange, Ill., July 16, 2007 – Sharrann Simmons, with more than 20 years of experience in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, joins Cognis Nutrition & Health as Senior Marketing Manager. She is responsible for marketing strategy development and implementation for the entire Cognis portfolio of nutritional and food ingredients in North America.

“Sharrann brings an outstanding set of skills and we are so fortunate to have her on our team,” said Dave Eckert, Vice President, Cognis Nutrition & Health. “She has a demonstrated record of creating and sustaining exceptional sales and profit growth for a range of businesses, particularly those in the food industry. Our customers will soon learn that along with her expertise in nearly all aspects of our business and international experience, she is a pleasure to work with.”

Most recently, Ms. Simmons was Vice President and General Manager of the US subsidiary of CNI, Colloides Naturels International, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of acacia gum.

She holds a BS and MS degree in Food Science from Purdue University, and has also attended the Executive MBA program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Graduate Management.

Her career has included positions in research and development, marketing, technical sales and product management for leading global food and ingredient companies. Ms. Simmons was Director of Food Marketing for the European region of FMC, based in Brussels, Belgium.

She is active in many professional organizations including IFT (Institute of Food Technologists), AACT (American Association of Candy Technologists), WFFC (Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce), AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists), FMI (Food Marketing Institute) and CDMA (Commercial Development and Management Association).

In 2003, Ms. Simmons was honored by Purdue University as a Distinguished Alumni for the School of Agriculture. Purdue also selected her to receive the Outstanding Food Science Award in 2004.

Ms. Simmons may be contacted at [email protected] or 708-579-6204.

About Cognis:

Cognis ( is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients. The company employs about 8,000 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for 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, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The company holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of natural-source oleochemical basestocks. Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2006, Cognis recorded sales of 3.37 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 394 million euros.


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