President & CEO, Diversey
In her 22 years of experience, Dr. Ilham Kadri has held a variety of global roles in Business Leadership, Strategic Planning, Sales, Marketing, Product Management, M&A and Research & Development in public and private companies such as Shell Chemicals-Basell, UCB-Cytec, Huntsman, Rohm Haas-Dow and Sealed Air.
As President of the Diversey Care division within Sealed Air, Kadri was responsible for a turnaround in the business – focusing on delivering improved performance and halting a slide in sales and profit. To achieve this, she reformed the division, leading to four consecutive years of double digit profitable growth – with improved working capital, an efficient business with 18% less human capital and three successfully integrated acquisitions.
After the acquisition by Bain Capital Private Equity in September 2017, Kadri became the President & CEO of Diversey, responsible for the future direction and growth of the business as a customer-centric global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry.
This has ensured the newly spun-off organization maintains its emphasis on performance, service and innovation – all while integrating chemicals, floor care machines, tools and equipment with a wide range of technology based value-added services, food safety services, and water and energy management.
Kadri will continue to provide resources for the development of innovative digital solution in the professional cleaning industry – including her game changing invention based on sensing and analytics, the Internet of CleanTM (IoC).
She is committed to mentoring young women and promoting female leadership in the field of science, engineering and business. She created WIN chapters at Dow and Diversey Care and is an executive sponsor of Diversey’s Diversity and Inclusion programs. She founded “The Hygieia Network™ in 2014, with other women leaders, targeting to combat illiteracy and building-up a curriculum and job prestige in the cleaning industry.
Kadri serves as a board member for numerous organizations. She is a board member at A.O. Smith Corporation (and a member of the audit committee); the Founder and Chairwoman of the ISSA Hygieia Network; an advisory board member of Catalyst in the USA; and an advisory board member of Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) in Europe for the Retail sector.
Ilham is a chemical engineer and has a master’s degree in physics and chemistry. She holds a doctorate in Polymers/ Reactive Extrusion.