AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, Personal Care: welcomed Dr. Magdalena A. Biernat and Rik Houben to the Surface Chemistry EMEIA group as technical project leaders for personal care applications. Based in Sempach Station, Switzerland, they report to Dr. Hartmut Schiemann, technical service manager EMEIA.
Biernat brings a strong background in biotechnology to her new position. Her responsibilities include leading projects focused mainly on cleansing and conditioning as well as serving as a personal care technical services team contact for EMEIA marketing and sales to AkzoNobel customers in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. In addition, she will partner with AkzoNobel’s global Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) groups and with the technical services team, and lead technical projects, global or local in scope.
Houben brings several years of international experience as a formulation chemist and product developer to his new position. As part of the Personal Care Technical Services team EMEIA, his responsibilities include developing new products and formulations, providing technical support, and leading projects to deliver results for EMEIA customers. Houben has created a diverse range of premium personal care products primarily for companies in Asia. Previously, he was a senior formulation chemist in premium skin care at Celblos Dermal Research Centre in Singapore. Prior to that, he was a luxury spa product creator at Aromdee in Thailand.