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OUR 
LEADERSHIP

Our Board of Directors

Topsoe: Chief Commercial Officer
 

Elena Scaltritti 

Elena joined Topsoe as Chief Commercial Officer in 2022. She brings unique insights to the company's global commercial offerings, focusing on emerging trends and technologies. She is a leading industry voice on decarbonization of energy-intensive industries and long-distance transportation with a special focus on sustainable aviation fuels. Prior to joining Topsoe, Elena served as EVP at SONGWON Industrial Group and has held leadership roles at BASF, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Nalco Holding Company. She earned a B.S. in organic chemistry and an M.B.A. from the University of Milan and the POLIMI School of Management.

Topsoe: President and Chief Executive Officer

Roeland Baan

Roeland joined Topsoe as President and CEO in 2020. He brings over 40 years of global industry experience, successfully developing businesses, driving growth and building cohesive organizations. Roeland's extensive career includes leadership positions at Outokumpu, Aleris International, Arcelor Mittal, SHV NV and Shell. He chairs SBM Offshore NV, is Vice Chairman of the International Stainless-Steel Forum and member of the Hydrogen Council Board. He holds an MSc in Economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Chief Financial Officer

TBC

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development & delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drive focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Topsoe: President and Chief Executive Officer

Roeland Baan

Roeland joined Topsoe as President and CEO in 2020. He brings over 40 years of global industry experience, successfully developing businesses, driving growth and building cohesive organizations. Roeland's extensive career includes leadership positions at Outokumpu, Aleris International, Arcelor Mittal, SHV NV and Shell. He chairs SBM Offshore NV, is Vice Chairman of the International Stainless-Steel Forum and member of the Hydrogen Council Board. He holds an MSc in Economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Van De Venter

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development & delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drive focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Sasol: President and Chief Executive Officer

Simon Baloyi

Simon joined Sasol in 2002 and is responsible for Sasol’s entire Energy Operations portfolio which comprises all downstream operations and related infrastructure as well as Technology, Projects and Engineering, and Procurement. Simon was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1 April 2022 and will become the President and Chief Executive Officer for Sasol on 1 April 2024.

Sasol: Independent Director

Fleetwood Grobler

Fleetwood was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sasol Limited on 1 November 2019. Prior to his appointment, he was Executive Vice President of Sasol’s Chemicals Business, based in Germany. His association with Sasol began as an engineering student in the early 1980s when he received a Sasol bursary before joining the Group in 1984. Since then, he has worked at most of Sasol’s operating facilities worldwide. In this time, he has been exposed to a broad range of business activities and has extensive experience in Sasol’s international businesses. He has been a member of the Sasol Group Executive Committee since 1 December 2013. He holds a BEng (Mech), Advanced Executive Programme.

Our Executive Committee

Topsoe: Chief Commercial Officer

Elena Scaltritti 

Elena joined Topsoe as Chief Commercial Officer in 2022. She brings unique insights to the company's global commercial offerings, focusing on emerging trends and technologies. She is a leading industry voice on decarbonization of energy-intensive industries and long-distance transportation with a special focus on sustainable aviation fuels. Prior to joining Topsoe, Elena served as EVP at SONGWON Industrial Group and has held leadership roles at BASF, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Nalco Holding Company. She earned a B.S. in organic chemistry and an M.B.A. from the University of Milan and the POLIMI School of Management.

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Van De Venter

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development & delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drive focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Independent Director

Thijs Jurgen 

Thijs joined Shell in 1991 and has worked in a range of upstream and corporate roles in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently located in the Netherlands, assigned to the NAM. Thijs holds a PhD in physics from the University of Leiden.

Chief Financial Officer

Maarten Coetsee

Maarten joined Sasol in 1999 and has 35-years’ experience working in the energy and chemicals landscape. He is a chartered accountant with his master’s in financial analysis and management. He has held several senior roles in the Sasol Group specialising in finance, strategy, business and digital enablement.

Chief Financial Officer

TBC

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development & delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drive focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Van De Venter

Eric graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, later obtaining his MBA from Henley Business Management College in the UK. Eric has spent 33 years working in the Petrochemical Engineering Industry. His work experience covers operations, process engineering design, project execution and for most of the past 16 years, technology management and technology licensing.

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Van De Venter

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development & delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drive focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Chief Commercial Officer

Theo Pretorius

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development and delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drives focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

 Chief Executive Officer

Jan Toschka

Jan joined Shell in 2010 and as President of Global Aviation for Shell, he was responsible for Shell's global network of operations, network, joint ventures and sales of fuels, lubricants, and sustainable solutions to the aviation industry. Jan has led teams across sales, mergers and acquisitions, trading, and retail businesses globally, spanning various sectors including marine and retail.

Chief Financial Officer

Maarten Coetsee

Maarten joined Sasol in 1999 and has 35-years’ experience working in the energy and chemicals landscape. He is a chartered accountant with his master’s in financial analysis and management. He has held several senior roles in the Sasol Group specialising in finance, strategy, business and digital enablement.

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Van De Venter

Eric graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, later obtaining his MBA from Henley Business Management College in the UK. Eric has spent 33 years working in the Petrochemical Engineering Industry. His work experience covers operations, process engineering design, project execution and for most of the past 16 years, technology management and technology licensing.

Chief Commercial Officer

Theo Pretorius

With over 30 years of global experience in engineering, technology, innovation, business development and implementation, Theo has led strategy development and delivery, built long lasting partnerships and led the development of a new business unit within Sasol. During his 30-year tenure with Sasol he has lived and worked across continents and amongst many cultures. Combining his experience in commercial technology licensing, business incubation, and building relationship on trust, he secures partnership alignment and drives focused delivery through diverse teams. Theo holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Zaffra: Chief Executive Officer

Jan Toschka

Jan joined Shell in 2010 and as President of Global Aviation for Shell, he was responsible for Shell's global network of operations, network, joint ventures and sales of fuels, lubricants, and sustainable solutions to the aviation industry. Jan has led teams across sales, mergers and acquisitions, trading, and retail businesses globally, spanning various sectors including marine and retail.

Sasol: Executive Vice President- Energy Operations & Technology

Simon Baloyi

Simon joined Sasol in 2002 and is responsible for Sasol’s entire Energy Operations portfolio which comprises all downstream operations and related infrastructure as well as Technology, Projects and Engineering, and Procurement. Simon was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1 April 2022 and will become the President and Chief Executive Officer for Sasol on 1 April 2024.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Fleetwood Grobler

Fleetwood was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sasol Limited on 1 November 2019. Prior to his appointment, he was Executive Vice President of Sasol’s Chemicals Business, based in Germany. His association with Sasol began as an engineering student in the early 1980s when he received a Sasol bursary before joining the Group in 1984. Since then, he has worked at most of Sasol’s operating facilities worldwide. In this time, he has been exposed to a broad range of business activities and has extensive experience in Sasol’s international businesses. He has been a member of the Sasol Group Executive Committee since 1 December 2013. He holds a BEng (Mech), Advanced Executive Programme.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Thijs Jurgen

Thijs joined Shell in 1991 and has worked in a range of upstream and corporate roles in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently located in the Netherlands, assigned to the NAM. Thijs holds a PhD in physics from the University of Leiden.

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