Karl holds a Master of Laws from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the University of Southampton (UK), and an MBA from Vlerick Business School (Belgium). Prior to joining DSM and subsequently DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, Karl was active as a lawyer in Belgium and worked for BASF in Belgium and Germany, leading amongst others, the Performance Chemicals business unit of BASF in Ludwigshafen.
Karl joined DSM in 2005 as Director Special Projects, focusing on pricing and later joined DPP as Business Unit Director Exclusive Synthesis/Intermediates. In 2009, Karl joined DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals as the Business Unit Director Europe/Americas.
On 1 January, 2011, Karl became Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Running Business and Operations worldwide. In July 2014, Karl became the President of DSP, in charge of the global business of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals
In 2016 Karl was appointed Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of the Centrient Management Board of Directors
Chief Financial Officer
Ronald has been the CFO of Centrient Pharmaceuticals since April 2019.
Prior to joining Centrient, he spent eight years as the CFO of Wessanen, where he played a key role in the transformation of the company into a pure player, focused on healthy and sustainable food in Europe. Before Wessanen, Ronald was based in the UK as the European CFO of Britax, a portfolio company of Carlyle, one of the world’s largest private equity companies. He began his career at Unilever, where he held various positions in the fields of Internal Audit, Controlling and Investor Relations, as well as Country Finance Director for the Netherlands, the UK and Germany.
In his role at Centrient, Ronald is key in shaping our growth agenda and driving its execution across the organisation, contributing to greater value for customers, shareholders and employees.
A Dutch native, Ronald graduated from the University of Tilburg (Netherlands) obtaining a Master Degree in Business Economics (Corporate Finance Specialization) and later qualified as a Chartered Account
Global General Counsel & Head of Intellectual Property
Jim DeYonker holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law (USA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Emory University (USA). In addition to being a US qualified attorney (NJ), Jim is also a registered Patent Attorney (USPTO).
Jim brings more than 15 years of professional experience in the generic pharmaceutical business. Prior to joining DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, Jim held various Head of Legal and Head of Intellectual Property roles at global generic pharmaceutical companies, include Cipla, Sun Ranbaxy, and Polpharma. Jim also practiced corporate and commercial law in private practice at Linklaters LLP and held a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control in the United States focusing on anti-infectives.
In 2016, Jim joined as Head of Intellectual Property and in 2017 was appointed as the Global General Counsel for the company. He is also a member of the Centrient Management Board of Directors
Valerio di Caprio
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer
Valerio holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Science degree in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano and brings ten years of extensive experience in Strategy, M&A and Commercial expertise.
He began his career with Bain & Co first in their Milan office, and then continued across multiple locations, including Istanbul, Chicago, Dallas and then Singapore, engaged in projects related to Strategy, M&A, Post-Merger Integrations & Commercial Excellence.
In 2016, Valerio joined Centrient Pharmaceuticals (then known as DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals) in the role of Global Strategy Director, overseeing the company’s Strategy, Special Projects and M&A opportunities. In January 2017, he began the additional role as Marketing Director AMEA, where he was tasked to set up and revive the Marketing function independently of the Commercial operations. Subsequently, Valerio also took on the functions of Business Intelligence, Sustainable Antibiotics, Sales Excellence and Compliance.
As of November 2018, Valerio is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer on the Executive Committee at Centrient Pharmaceuticals, in charge of Strategy, M&A, Strategic Marketing, Business Intelligence, Communications and Branding.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jean-Luc brings more than 25 years of diverse experience in Business and Human Resources at a global level, with previous positions held at Mercedes Benz, General Electric, Sandoz-Novartis, and most recently Apotex, as Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
In his role at Centrient Pharmaceuticals, Jean-Luc brings expertise that reaches across geographical boundaries to develop organisational and talent strategies that align with and support our strategic direction and operational activities.
A native of France, Jean-Luc holds two post-MBA graduate degrees, one in organisational development and general business management from Grenoble University – ESA in France, and an HR executive degree from the ESSEC Business School in Paris. He also completed an executive MBA from ESSEC and Mannheim Business School (France and Germany).
Jean-Luc joined Centrient Pharmaceuticals as our Chief Human Resources officer in February 2019.
Fang Bin Lu
Global Vice President & President of China
Lu Fang Bin holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University (China).
Fang Bin brings more than 20 years of professional experience ranging from the plastics and importing business to leading Sinochem’s business in the US. His most recent position before joining our company was as Deputy General Manager of Sinofert.
In 2017 Mr. Lu Fang Bin was appointed Chief Strategy Officer. He is currently President and Business Unit Director in China.
Chief Quality and Operations Officer
Jim brings significant international Operations and Quality experience in highly regulated environments within the pharmaceutical industry. He has worked for industry leaders such as GSK, Xellia as well as Sandoz. Most recently, he was the SVP Global Product Supply and Global Quality for Leo Pharma in Denmark.
Jim’s effective leadership, deep expertise and pragmatic approach contribute to creating greater value for our employees, shareholders and customers.
He is an alumni of Edinburgh Napier University, holding a Bachelor of Science. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Glasgow.
Jim joined Centrient Pharmaceuticals as our Chief Quality and Operations Officer in March 2019.
Vice President Mexico & Latin America
Maarten Pouw holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management and a CEMS Master of International Management.
He started his career in management consulting working for several companies in various industries with a focus on project management & marketing.
In 2006 Maarten joined DSM Anti-Infectives, the predecessor of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals in Delft (The Netherlands) as Product Manager. In 2011 he relocated to the USA to set up the North American sales office and expand the business. In addition he has performed various roles within Marketing and Business Development functions supporting the commercial area of Europe/America.
In 2014 Maarten was appointed Business Unit Director Mexico Latin America of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals.
In 2016 Maarten was appointed Global Product Owner semi-synthetic penicillins. He is currently the Vice President for Mexico & Latin America.
Vice President Operations & Technology
Rajesh Salwan studied Chemical Engineering at Osmania University (India) and Business Administration at IMT (India).
Rajesh started his career as Process Engineer with Max Gb (India). In 1999 he joined Monsanto as project manager for South East Asia and later moved to a plant manager role.
In 2002 Rajesh joined DSM Anti-Infectives as large Capital Project Manager where he led several construction and business projects. In 2008 he became Site Director and subsequently in 2010 Operations Director for India leading Manufacturing, DSCM, Sourcing & Regulatory Affairs.
In 2015 Rajesh was appointed Vice President Operations & Technology.
Vice President Europe, America, Middle East, Africa & Asia Pacific
Frans Vlaar holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.
After joining DSM in 1990, Frans worked in multiple roles such as project leader, corporate recruiter, area sales manager and ultimately global product manager in 2002. In 1997 he joined DSM Anti-Infectives, the predecessor of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals (DSP) in Delft (Netherlands) as Business Director.
In 2012 Frans was appointed Business Unit Director Europe/America of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, responsible for all activities of the company in Europe and North America. Since 2014 he is also responsible for a new Unit called “New Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients”, leading the development of new molecules.
In 2016 Frans was appointed Global Product Owner Penicillins, SSCs, Nystatin at DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals. He is currently the Vice President for Europe, America, Middle East, Africa & Asia Pacific. He is also a member of the Centrient Management Board of Directors