was born April 13th 1960 in Luxembourg. After high school graduation, he studied chemistry in Saarbruecken, Germany. His PhD thesis was about photochromic dyes and electrocyclic reactions. As PhD chemist he joined BASF in 1987 where he went through different positions in R&D, marketing and purchasing. With more than 14 years of experience in the chemical industry he started in 2001 his own consultancy business for purchasing services in the chemical industry. In 2002, he founded SP-Chemicals GmbH together with Dr. Wolfgang Sipos.