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, 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, LafargeHolcim Ltd, 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 holds a BA in Economics, Political Science and Literature from Duke University, USA.

Born in 1976 and is an Egyptian citizen.

Appointed: 24 May 2018.

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Maud de Vries

General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and HR

Maud de Vries serves as OCI N.V.’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and HR. Ms. de Vries joined OCI in 2014 and has served as General Counsel, HR Director, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer. She has led several initiatives bolstering the group’s legal, compliance, governance and HR frameworks, and performs an integral role in the execution of strategic initiatives. Prior to joining OCI, she was General Counsel / Senior Executive at Corio N.V. leading the Legal, Compliance and Risk Management functions, and was a member of the Management Board of Reluxco International S.A. She was previously an attorney at law at Dutch law firm Trenité Van Doorne. Ms. de Vries holds a law degree from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She also completed the INSEAD Strategy Execution Programme.

Born in 1972 and is a Dutch citizen.

Appointed: 1 June 2019.

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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 and Director of Stichting Administratiekantoor Grass. 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 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 non-independent member of the Supervisory Board for Rothschild & Co., as well as a member of the Supervisory Board for 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 and is currently Chief Operating Officer of NNS Advisers Ltd. He started his career in the French foreign service then joined the Société Générale Group, where he has held various leadership positions in capital markets, investment banking, and several Group subsidiaries. Mr. Guiraud is also 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 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 its Executive Board, and was its Vice-Chairman since 2006. Mr. Van de Kraats is currently Non-Executive Director of VEON Ltd., Chairman of the Board of Directors of TMF 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 has 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., and a member of University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Campaign Steering Committee. Mr. Heckman was the President and CEO of The Gavilon Group from its establishment in 2008 until its sale in 2013. Prior to Gavilon, he spent 24 years with ConAgra Foods, where he led multiple business segments and corporate functions. Mr. Heckman previously served on the Boards of Waitt Brands, JBS USA, and Brownell-Talbot College Preparatory School. Mr. Heckman holds a BS 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 Volker Wessels N.V. and is a Member of the Board at VEUO.

Born in 1962 and is a Dutch citizen.

Appointed: 28 June 2016.

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David Welch

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ambassador Welch served 32 years with the U.S. diplomatic service. When he retired, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, the senior-most U.S. diplomat for the region. He was Ambassador to Egypt and served in Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he attained the lifetime rank of Career Ambassador, one of only about 60 diplomats to achieve this designation. From 2009-2019, he was President for International and Government Affairs at Bechtel, responsible for international representation, global security, internal and external communications, and the Washington Office. He was a board member of the U.S.-Saudi Business Council, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Born in 1953 and is a United States citizen.

Appointed: 29 May 2019.

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Dod Fraser

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Fraser has held Board positions at OCI GP LLC, Smith International, Terra Industries Inc. and Forest Oil Corporation. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Fraser served as Managing Director and Group Executive, Global Oil and Gas, for Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.). From 1978 to 1995, he held various positions of increasing responsibility with Lazard Freres & Co., most recently as General Partner. Mr. Fraser currently serves as a President of consulting firm Sackett Partners since 2000, and holds Board positions at Subsea 7 S.A., Rayonier Inc., and Fleet Topco Limited, the private holding company of Argus Media Ltd.

Born in 1950 and is a United States citizen.

Appointed: 29 May 2019.