Dr. Ilham Kadri has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Diversey. Dr. Kadri will be responsible for establishing Diversey as a standalone business and leading it to realise its full potential as a global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry.
Diversey is becoming a standalone business that will encompass several businesses that Bain Capital Private Equity, a global private investment firm, has agreed to purchase from Sealed Air Corporation. Dr. Kadri’s appointment will be effective upon the closing of the sale to Bain Capital Private Equity, which is expected in September 2017.
Diversey will include the Diversey Care division of Sealed Air as well as the food hygiene solution business that is part of its Food Care division. Diversey will integrate 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.
Dr. Kadri joined Sealed Air in early 2013 as president of the Diversey Care business. Under her leadership, the Diversey Care division has achieved a track record of consistent global growth.
“We are looking forward to partnering with Ilham, and welcoming her to the Bain Capital family,” said Ken Hanau, a managing director at Bain Capital Private Equity. “She has established a track record of leading change and delivering results in a global environment, and we believe Diversey has a bright future with her at its helm.”
Dr Kadri said: “I am excited by the opportunity that lies ahead to build Diversey as a customer-centric global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, and to fully engage our employees on this journey. As a standalone company, we will have additional resources focused on innovative digital solutions and game-changing approaches like the Internet of Clean.”
Throughout her career, Dr. Kadri has held a variety of global roles in business leadership, sales, marketing, and research and development in public and private companies including Shell-LyondellBasell, Cytec, Huntsman, and Rohm Haas-Dow.