Board of Directors

We have a one-tier Board of Directors responsible for the management, general affairs, strategy, and long-term success of the business as a whole. The Board comprises a majority of Non-Executive Directors and a minority of Executive Directors whose responsibility is collective, taking into account their respective roles as Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors.


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Michael Bennett

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Michael Bennett has 36 years’ experience in the nitrogen industry and is a past Chairman of both The Fertilizer Institute and the Methanol Institute in the United States. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Terra Industries Inc., a producer of nitrogen fertilizer products, from 2001 until its acquisition by CF Industries Holdings in April 2010. He also served as Chairman and President for Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P., a publicly listed subsidiary of Terra Industries Inc. Mr. Bennett currently serves as a Director of Alliant Energy Corporation, and SandRidge Energy, as well as the Chairman of the Board at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Born in 1953 and is a United States citizen.

Appointed: 25 January 2013.

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Nassef Sawiris

Chief Executive Officer

Nassef Sawiris is the Chief Executive Officer of OCI N.V since 16 January 2013. He joined the Orascom Group in 1982, became the Chief Executive Officer of OCI N.V.’s predecessor, Orascom Construction Industries (OCI S.A.E.) in 1998 and was also appointed Chairman of OCI S.A.E. in 2009 until the formation of OCI N.V. Mr. Sawiris is a supervisory director of Adidas AG. and a board member of LafargeHolcim Ltd. (having previously served on Lafarge S.A.’s board since 2008), a member of the Cleveland Clinic’s International Leadership Board Executive Committee since 2011, and in 2013 he became a member of the University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Sawiris has also previously served on the Boards of BESIX SA, Orascom Construction Plc, the Egyptian Exchange and NASDAQ Dubai.

Mr. Sawiris holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, USA.

Born in 1961 and is an Egyptian citizen.

Appointed: 16 January 2013.

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Hassan Badrawi

Executive Vice President & Group Chief Financial Officer

Hassan Badrawi became Group Chief Financial Officer of OCI N.V. in October 2017 and has served as Executive Vice President since 2016. Mr Badrawi joined OCI in 2001 and has held various leadership positions, encompassing M&A, strategy, business development and investor relations. He has led the group’s investment and communication activities globally across multiple sectors including building materials, fertilizers, chemicals, infrastructure and construction.

Mr. Badrawi has a degree in Economics, Political Science and Literature from Duke University, United States.

Born in 1976 and is an Egyptian citizen.

Appointed: 24 May 2018.

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Jan Ter Wisch

Independent Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chairman

Jan Ter Wisch is both a lawyer and an economist. He has been a partner at Deloitte, Loeff Claeys Verbeke and Allen & Overy. At Deloitte he was a member of the Global Tax Policy Group and the European Tax Board, a member of the Board at Loeff and served as a member and Chairman of the Global Tax Board at Allen & Overy. He was also Chairman of Stichting De Westberg. Mr Ter Wisch has a wide range of experience advising multinationals on major merger and acquisitions transactions, several of which involved the world wide co-ordination of tax advice. Mr Ter Wisch is currently Director of Stichting Administratiekantoor Grass and he is also Chairman of Investment Committee 5square MKB Fund III Coöperatieve U.A.

Born in 1952 and is a Dutch citizen.

Appointed: 25 January 2013.

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Sipko Schat

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Sipko Schat has over 25 years of banking and finance experience and was a member of the Executive Board of Rabobank Group from July 2006 until November 2013. During his career with Rabobank, Mr. Schat was responsible for International Wholesale, Corporate Clients, Corporate Finance, Trade & Commodity Finance, Global Financial Markets, Private Equity and Real Estate. Mr. Schat has held non-executive Board positions at Vion N.V., J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG and Paris Orléans S.A.. Mr. Schat is currently a menber of the Supervisory Board for Rothschild & Co., Rothschild Bank A.G., Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, Drienim B.V. and VanWonen Holding B.V. (Chairman).

Mr. Schat holds a masters degree in Civil Law from Groningen University, The Netherlands.

Born in 1960 and is a Dutch citizen.

Appointed: 9 December 2013.

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Jérôme Guiraud

Non-Executive Director

Jérôme Guiraud has over 30 years of banking and financial markets experience. He has been a Director of NNS Advisers Ltd, a London-based financial advisory firm, since 2008. He started his career at the French Embassy in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1985 as Deputy to the French Commercial Attaché. In 1986, he joined the Société Générale Group, where he has held various managing positions in Europe and in emerging countries initially in capital markets and investment banking activities, then as Country manager and Director of various of the Group's subsidiaries.

Mr Guiraud is currently Chief Operating Officer of NNS Advisors Ltd., Executive Chairman & CEO of NNS Luxembourg Sarl, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Orascom Construction Plc, Non-Executive Director of BESIX Group and Director of various NNS entities and OS Sarl Luxembourg. Mr. Guiraud has previously served on the Board of Lafarge SA.

Mr. Guiraud holds an MBA from L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Paris).

Born in 1961 and is a French citizen.

Appointed: 26 June 2014.

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Robert Jan van de Kraats

Independent Non-Executive Director

Robert Jan van de Kraats has over 25 years of extensive experience in (non) executive and financial management. He held various senior finance positions in the technology and credit insurance sectors. He was CFO of Randstad Holding N.V. from 2001 until 2018, was a member of the Executive Board and was its Vice-Chairman since 2006. He was responsible for Randstad’s operations in Japan, India and the Nordics and responsible for Control, Strategy & M&A, Finance & Accounting, Legal, Tax, Treasury, Insurance, Business Risk & audit, IT and Investor Relations. Mr. Van de Kraats is currently Non-Executive Director of VEON Ltd., Chairman of the Board of Directors of TMG Group and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Schiphol Group. Mr. Van de Kraats is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Born in 1960 and is a Dutch citizen.

Appointed: 26 June 2014.

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Greg Heckman

Independent Non-Executive Director

Greg Heckman is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of experience in the agriculture and energy industries. Mr. Heckman is currently a member of the Board of Directors and CEO of Bunge Ltd., an Independent Advisory Board Member of JBS USA and a member of University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Campaign Steering Committee.

Mr. Heckman is the former President and CEO of The Gavilon Group, directing the carve-out from ConAgra Foods in 2008, growing the business by more than double from 2008 to 2012, and leading the successful sale of the company in 2013. Prior to Gavilon, he spent 24 years with ConAgra Foods, where he had responsibility for multiple business segments and corporate functions. Mr. Heckman has previously served on the Boards for Waitt Brands and Brownell-Talbot College Preparatory School.

Mr. Heckman holds a BS degree in Agriculture Economics and Marketing from the University of Illinois.

Born in 1962 and is a United States citizen.

Appointed: 10 June 2015.

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Anja Montijn-Groenewoud

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Anja Montijn-Groenewoud has more than 25 years experience at Accenture, an integrated services provider in the areas of technology, management consulting and business process outsourcing with more than 300,000 employees worldwide. At Accenture, she initially worked as a consulting professional in various industries and for the last 15 years fulfilled various national and international leadership positions in the resources market, focusing on the energy, chemicals utilities and natural resources sectors. In her last leadership position, Mrs. Montijn reported to the Accenture Executive Committee and was a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council.

Mrs. Montijn is currently on the Supervisory Board of Fugro N.V and is a Member of the Board at VEUO.

Born in 1962 and is a Dutch citizen.

Appointed: 28 June 2016.