Arkema recently announced that Armand Ajdari has been named chief technology officer, effective January 1, 2022. He will report to Thierry Le Hénaff, chairman and CEO, and will be a member of the group management committee.

For over 30 years, Ajdari has been dedicated to research and development in international environments, particularly within the Saint-Gobain group. He will reportedly bring his passion of innovation, a scientific culture, experience in technological and commercial relationships with key partners, and an understanding of the planet’s megatrends to his new position.

After a doctorate in theoretical physics at the Pierre et Marie Curie University and an engineering diploma from the École Polytechnique, Ajdari undertook various multidisciplinary research activities within the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) for 15 years. He then joined the Saint-Gobain group in 2007, where he held different positions, particularly as senior vice president of R&D for the Innovative Materials sector. Since 2017, he has served as Saint-Gobain’s executive vice president of R&D.

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