Dow Pharma & Food Solutions names Global Business Director

Marc van Gerwen to head former Dow Wolff Cellulosics business

The Dow Chemical Company has named Marc van Gerwen as Global Business Director for Dow Pharma & Food Solutions. This business was formerly known as Dow Wolff Cellulosics.

Dow Pharma & Food Solutions uses natural, plant-based cellulosic technology and companion chemistries to serve the needs of the fast-growing healthcare and medical markets, and to help make everyday foods a little tastier and healthier for consumers. This business also continues to value its initial industrial applications, such as autohoneycomb and anti-static films as well as conductive pastes for photovoltaic applications.

‘This is a business built around helping solve some of the world’s most challenging problems,’ said van Gerwen, who is based in Horgen, Switzerland. ‘We help bring food to the table that tastes great, but perhaps has a little less fat in it, or gives the consumer that satisfied feeling with smaller amounts of food.

‘We also make high-quality pharmaceutical ingredients designed to help get healing medications to the right part of the body at the right time in the right dosage.’

Dow Pharma & Food Solutions is one of four business units within Dow’s Functional Materials business group.

Van Gerwen joined Dow in 2007 as the Strategic Planner for Rohm and Haas’s European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, after working for a number of chemical companies in positions of increasing responsibility. He joined Dow Microbial Control in 2009 as Global Commercial Director and helped that business move successfully into the fast-growing shale gas business. In 2011, he joined Dow Wolff Cellulosics as Global Marketing and Sales Leader.

Van Gerwen succeeds Martin Sonntag, who is leaving Dow for a new position.

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