Sales: $2.6 billion.
Key Personnel: Ilham Kadri, president and chief executive officer; Carlos Sagasta, chief financial officer; Somer Gundogdu, president, Middle East, Africa and Turkey; Himanshu Jain, president, APAC (excluding Greater China); Balakrishnan Thottikamath, chief marketing officer and president, Greater China; Paul Budsworth, president, North America; Jorge Hileman, president, Latin America; Gaetano Redaelli, president, Europe.
Major Products: Cleaning and hygiene solutions and services, sold under the Diversey and Taski names, that are used in commercial, institutional and industrial facilities.
New Products: Oxivir 1 ready-to-use disinfectant cleaner and wipes, Swingobot 2000.
Comments: Diversey has a new owner in Bain Capital, but the results are similar. The company remains the No. 2 player in the US I&I market, trailing Ecolab (No. 7 in The Top 50). In a recent company interview, CEO Ilham Kadri said her priorities are to keep creating value for Diversey’s customers through innovative solutions that help them solve their most pressing needs.
“As a woman in the hygiene industry, my ambition is to help other younger women develop careers and have opportunities to prosper; 70% of the workers in our industry are female and half of them are illiterate, so my commitment is to do all I can to give them opportunities to prosper,” she explained.
Kadri proudly noted that she founded and is the first chairwoman of the ISSA Hygieia Network and launched a mentoring program to help overcome low-level roles and facilitate professional development for the Network.
“I’m also devoted to improving the number of women in board rooms” she added. “Diversey’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) aims to ensure that we attract, retain and advance the professional development of women. I’m very much looking forward to continuing these efforts within Diversey and beyond.”
Diversey is expanding its offerings in traditional I&I segments, but also investing in its future. For example, Swingobot 2000 is the newest cleaning robot from Taski; it can clean a variety of surfaces with a variety of materials. It’s just one of the solutions coming out of Diversey’s robotics division. Swingobot 2000 hands-free robotic floor care machine with built-in sensors and advanced on-board technologies ensures at least 20% more productivity over the previous Swingobot 1650 machine model, enabling facilities to effectively clean floors in less time, according to the company.
These and other data-driven robots are part of what Diversey calls the Internet of Clean; but don’t worry, not every human job will give way to AI.
In a 2017 white paper by the International Federation of Robots, the authors argue that robots complement and augment human labor.
“The future will be robots and humans working together. Robots substitute [labor] activities, but do not replace jobs,” according to IFR. “Automation provides the opportunity for humans to focus on higher-skilled, higher-quality, and higher-paid tasks.”
Other experts agree—sort of. According to a Forrester Research study, robots and artificial intelligence could eliminate nearly 25 million jobs in the US during the next decade, but it should create nearly 15 million jobs.
And not every number-crunching job will go to computers, either. Last month, Carlos Sagasta joined the company as its new chief financial officer. Prior to joining Diversey, Sagasta was with Office Depot, where he led financial operations, managed the company’s finance, accounting, treasury and procurement functions and had operational oversight of CompuCom’s international operations in Mexico and India.