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Senior Executive Vice President, Science & Technology Director


Pascal Metivier is Solvay group Science & Technology director, based in Brussels. In this role he manages all shared laboratories and infrastructure of the group focusing on leveraging group capabilities and delivering innovations to the various businesses of the group. He is also in charge of driving the sustainability agenda of the group with the research & Innovation organization. Before this, he did spend 10 years in Asia where he set up the group research & development footprint, particularly building and developing research activities in China, Korea & India. From 2000 to 2007, he was successively the research and innovation directors of 2 business units of the group (Phosphorus and Performance Derivatives and then Novecare) where he did contribute to major development of new product sales for these 2 businesses. Before this he held various positions in research, plant improvement and business development for various activities of the group (Pharmaceuticals, Aroma products, polyamide, Silicones, polyuethanes). Pascal Metivier received his Phd from University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and spend 18 month as visiting scientist in Purdue University (USA), working on Computer assisted organic synthesis using heuristic models. Before this he studied at “Ecole Europeenne des Industries Chimiques” in Strasbourg. Pascal Metivier received group internal awards recognizing some key achievement such as Rhone-Poulenc 1996 research prize, Rhodia Customer sustainable innovation award in 2010, and Solvay breakthrough innovation prize in 2013. He has also been named professor “honoris causa” of Zhengzhou university (Henan, China) in 2009, is guest professor at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai and has received the Magnolia award from Shanghai for his contribution to research development outreach for the city. “My passion is to work with other people to invent new things and then to bring them to become useful reality in daily life”

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