PARIS, France --- January 2nd 2016: Algaia strengthens its customer facing organization with the services of Robert Rouwenhorst as Commercial Integration advisor and Gerard Tilly as Exclusive Senior Advisor.
With over 40 years of experience in the field of Hydrocolloids and Functional Systems, Gerard Tilly benefits from an in-depth experience in application, technical service, product development and product management gathered in various positions at Degussa Food ingredients, Sanofi Bio Industry, SKW and Cargill. For more than 10 years, he was Global Product Manager for the seaweed extract business (including Alginate) at Cargill and Degussa Food Ingredients. Gérard will considerably strengthens Algaia’s capabilities for new product developments and customer technical support, particularly in connection with Algaia’s future expansion of its portfolio upon Cargill’s Alginate Business acquisition.
From today, Robert Rouwenhorst will act as Commercial Integration Leader. Robert benefits from twentyfive years of experience in Food ingredients and Flavours.
He fulfilled multiple senior management roles with international responsibilities ranging from Commercial, R&D, manufacturing, M&A and business management at Tate & Lyle, Frutarom, ABF Ingredients and Quest International. Between 2012 and 2014, he was Tate & Lyle senior vice president, in charge of the Global Food Systems business. Robert speaks Dutch, German and English fluently. Upon closing of Cargill Alginate business acquisition, Robert will lead the commercial integration and will help structure Algaia’s future global commercial organisation.
“We continue to strengthen Algaia commercial and product development organisation” commented Frederic Faure, Algaia’s Business Director. “With the support of both Gerard and Robert in their respective field of expertise, we aim to provide our customers and partners the highest level of expertise and support they expect” Frederic added
Algaia is an innovative privately owned company belonging to three well established French Venture Capital funds. It broadened its activity in the field of seaweed and other natural extracts in 2014. Since 2015, the company is focused on marine ingredients and more specifically seaweed extracts. Algaia’s headquarter is located in Paris, its R&D center is located in Saint Lô (Normandie). Early 2017, Algaia is expected to close Cargill Alginate business acquisition and welcome Maabarot Products Ltd in its shareholding structure.