Manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds Actega has appointed Dennis Siepmann to the newly created role of global head of sustainability. This appointment underscores the company's strong commitment to driving its ESG agenda further.
Siepmann will lead the ongoing development and delivery of Actega's sustainability and ESG initiatives with a particular focus on circular economy, sustainable solutions, and ALTANA’s, objectives to becoming climate neutral by 2025. Siepmann will be responsible for driving Actega’s sustainability efforts and their integration across the technologies and operations of the company. With a degree in chemistry and a proven track record in developing environmentally-friendly solutions for the medical and consumer goods industry, he brings the right skill set to spearhead the company’s sustainability initiatives and help Actega meet its environmental, social and financial objectives.
Siepmann has been with Actega for over a decade, having started as business development manager at the Actega site in Bremen, Germany and most recently as the global segment head for Speciality Consumer Goods.
Siepmann said: ‘I am honored to be taking on this role at such an exciting time for Actega and very much looking forward to working with our teams around the world to find new ways to reduce our environmental impact as well as to make a positive contribution to the areas in which we operate. Sustainability is a key priority for our company and a topic I'm incredibly passionate about. My previous roles have given me a broad understanding of sustainability, and I am keen to bring in my experience to address sustainable development topics within our company and within the packaging industry.’
During his career with Actega, Siepmann has played a key role in the successful delivery of several projects which were driven by sustainability targets. These include the development of environmentally friendly and PVC-free materials for medical applications or thermoplastic elastomers for personal care applications with improved processing properties.
Siepmann will report directly to Thorsten Kröller, president, Division Actega, in his new position.
Kröller commented: ‘I am very pleased to appoint Dennis as our Global Head of Sustainability. Dennis has been with us for 12 years and knows our company inside out. His seniority and deep knowledge of our operations will help to accelerate our ambition to expand Actega's sustainability leadership across all our businesses. This appointment is a clear signal of our longstanding commitment to sustainability, adding value to the business, our customers and the wider industry. I am confident that under his leadership, we will make great progress towards building a sustainable future not only for our company but also for our industry.’
Actega has a track record of putting sustainability at the forefront of its strategy, achieving multiple awards, certifications and accreditations for its products and business practices to date. The most recent step forward on the company’s path to reaching its sustainability goals is its new membership within the 4evergreen alliance. The Actega team will join like-minded companies across the value chain, coming together with the collective aim to optimize fiber-based packaging’s circularity and climate performance.