Our Team

Experience and Commitment

The Secret of Our Success

Our employees are the true reason behind our success. Kandelium benefits from the experience, commitment and know-how of its engineers, workers and other experts around the globe. We are proud that many choose to remain with us for the entire course of their careers.

f.l.t.r: Daniel Meyer, Dr. Marita Paasch, Julien Guiu, Rodolfo Romero, Marinka Zeiss, Martin Schilcher

Message from Management

Over the past decades, Kandelium has established itself as a strong leader in its markets. Today, we are an independent company in a complex and quick-moving field – and we are completely confident that we will not merely meet, but surpass every challenge this brings. We are building on extremely solid foundations, and are perfectly positioned to prosper in the future.

We combine exceptional industrial performance with the ability to provide customized solutions to customers all over the world. We offer a uniquely strong portfolio of top-quality chemical ingredients. And we address markets with a strong interest in innovative solutions. All of this gives Kandelium the best possible basis for profitable growth.

We have a highly capable management team to lead our company into a successful future. And our company’s true strength lies in our employees, who bring their skill and knowledge to work for us every day. Our employees are the basis of our success – both present and future.

Working together, we will develop and grow our company sustainably, responsibly and profitably. To the benefit of our customers, our investors, and consumers around the world.

CEO Daniel Meyer

My name is Daniel, and I became CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in January 2022, taking on the task of shaping Kandelium's future together with a great management team. I've been working in various roles and fields in the chemical industry in Europe and Asia for over 30 years. During all this time, I've been enthusiastic about creating "value with values". Central topics for me are strategy, customer focus, employee and organizational development and sustainable growth. I have a clear goal: to give Kandelium and the chemical industry in Europe the sustainable means to provide optimal products and service to our customers in the future.

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Why Kandelium?

The role as CEO of Kandelium offers me both corporate responsibility and the opportunity to shape the future and the company itself. It's very important to me to create a culture of cooperation and fast decision-making processes in our company. On this basis, we can master the challenges of our time – in a highly professional way and setting the highest standards for ourselves, but also enjoying our work.

CTO Dr. Marita Paasch

I have been CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and Managing Director at Kandelium since October 2022. With over 20 years of management experience in the top management of internationally active technology companies in various industries – both in corporations and medium-sized companies –, my special expertise lies in increasing companies’ efficiency and profitability by optimizing business models and processes, implementing new technologies, and realizing measures to increase performance in order to secure profitable growth and thus future viability in the long term through transformation.

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Why Kandelium?

I enjoy shaping change, discovering new things and successfully implementing them in an inspiring team – and I see the opportunity for all of this with Kandelium and its employees.

CFO Martin Schilcher

Hello, my name is Martin and I am Kandelium's CFO (Chief Financial Officer). Since joining the company in October 2021, I've been responsible for Controlling, Accounting, Finance & Treasury, Insurances, Taxes, Risk & Compliance as well as Information Technology. I have over 10 years of professional experience as a CFO in international companies. Before joining Kandelium, I spent many years working for a large family business.

As CFO, I see myself as the financial navigator of Kandelium, working closely with the team to lead Kandelium into a healthy and profitable future.

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Why Kandelium?

My curiosity and my determination to ensure the company's future and create value for the owners are the driving forces that motivate me every day. Thanks to the investor's clear goal of further developing and expanding Kandelium after the carve out from a large corporation, this company offers me the perfect opportunity to live both of my driving forces.

CHRO Marinka Zeiss

I am Marinka and have been responsible for the Human Resources department at Kandelium as CHRO (Chief Human Resources Officer) since October 2022. After completing my studies in business administration, I worked in the human resources sector in various industries; most recently, I held a global human resources management function in a medium-sized international family-owned chemical company. I also completed my MBA in Heidelberg as well as a training as a systemic coach. I am enthusiastic about new leadership, cultural and transformation development as well as people experience.

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Why Kandelium?

My enthusiasm for Kandelium as an employer is based on the entrepreneurial responsibility my position offers. I love to shape things and drive the company's success. "It's all about people" – employees are the most important success factor for the company. At Kandelium, I can live this conviction, design entrepreneurial structures accordingly and thus drive the company's success. My goal is to create an environment in which our employees are motivated to work and in which employee experience is as important as candidate experience.

Business Unit Manager Care Julien Guiu

I’m Julien and hold a dual role in Kandelium.  I run the Business Unit Care, which sells percarbonate to the detergent industry. And I am also responsible for strategic projects in the field Marketing and Business Development. I joined the team in July 2022.

Before joining Kandelium, I spent 15 years in China and Asia. I've been working in sales, marketing and business development in the consulting and chemical industry for over 20 years and hope to bring my strong international background to Kandelium's business.

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Why Kandelium?

After more than 10 years in a large corporation, I was looking for a smaller company that would allow me to be closer to both the business and the people. Kandelium grants me just that! I love the agility and the quick decision-making processes that characterize our company.

Business Unit Manager Barium& Strontium Rodolfo Romero

My name is Rodolfo. As Business Unit Manager Barium Strontium, I am responsible for sales and production. I am a chemical engineer and have been working for the company for over 32 years at our locations in Mexico and Germany – first in the Solvay Group, and now with Kandelium.

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Why Kandelium?

Kandelium is setting out on an exciting journey that will consolidate and expand our position as a preferred partner in the markets – and that will allow us to grow together with our customers. I am very proud to be part of the team that will lead Kandelium on this journey and shape this future. 

Managing Director Edwin Fonseca

I am Edwin, a chemical engineer with postgraduate degrees in business administration and strategic leadership management. As Managing Director of Kandelium Mexico, I work to continually improve the company with competitive products and services as well as environmentally sustainable operations. My central goals are to grow the business and to optimally support my colleagues.
In my more than 20 years of work in the chemical industry in America, Europe, and Asia, I‘ve occupied various positions in the fields of sales, operations, innovation and project management.

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Why Kandelium?

Kandelium is a highly dynamic company that constantly creates and implements opportunities in our markets, allowing us to maintain our leadership position. We constantly strive to fulfill and develop our goals, and we recognize that our partners play an essential role in our success. I am excited to be part of this corporate philosophy.

Would You Like to Join Our Team?

We are always interested in meeting qualified, motivated people. Visit our Careers page to find our current job offers.