Industry Experts

Pierre de Kettenis, Executive Director, CEFIC Petrochemistry Program (APPE)

Pierre started his career as Product Manager in a pharmaceutical company. He worked in Sales & Marketing and as Business Development Manager in different companies specialized in bio-medical applications. He joined Cefic in 1998 and was appointed Executive Director of the Cefic Petrochemistry Industry Sector in 2007. He is also the Secretary General of APPE, the European Petrochemicals Producers Association and acts as a focal point about petrochemicals in Europe.
He has a Master Degree in Sciences from the University of Louvain and a Master in Business and Administration from Solvay Business School in Belgium.


Jacques Komornicki, Innovation Manager, CEFIC/Suschem

Before joining Cefic in September 2012 Jacques Komornicki held various management positions within Arkema Research & Development in France, Japan and in the US. Jacques holds a PhD in Chemistry from the “Université Pierre & Marie Curie” in Paris and a Chemical Engineering Master from ESPCI Paris-Tech. He is an active member of “Smart Cities and Communities”, an initiative of the European Commission; he also leads the efforts of the Sustainable Chemistry European Technology Platform “SusChem” and manages the Materials Technologies agenda of SusChem.


Maggie Saykali, Cefic Sector Group Manager for Plasticisers

Maggie holds a degree in chemical engineering from the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) followed by a two-year post-graduate research project at the ULB department of polymer science.
She has gained extensive international experience working in technical and commercial roles for 17 years in the PVC and additives industry. She then moved on to the polyolefin industry where she was the marketing manager for the Healthcare and Caps & closure applications at Borealis.
In 2009, Maggie joined CEFIC (The European Chemical Industry Council) as manager of ECPI, the European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates.