May 23, 2007, La Grange, Ill. — Wayne Howard, a 20-year veteran in the research, production, sales and marketing of food ingredients, has relocated from Cognis Australia to La Grange, Ill. in his new position as Market Development Manager—Functional Food and Food Technology. Wayne will be responsible for developing and growing the food market segments for Cognis’ Nutrition & Health business unit in the United States.
Mr. Howard brings his skills and experience with specialty ingredients to major food producers worldwide. Most recently he was Cognis’ Product Manager – Food Ingredients in Australia. “Wayne has the proven ability to deliver innovative solutions for a broad range of food applications and he will be working diligently to develop working relationships with key global customers based in the US,” said Dave Eckert, Vice President, Cognis Nutrition & Health.
A graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia with a bachelor’s degree in food science, Mr. Howard holds an Advanced Certificate of Marketing from Corowa TAFE. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology where he earned the prestigious Professional status membership (MAIFST).
He may be contacted at [email protected] or 708/579-6197.
Cognis (www.cognis.com) 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.