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The WACKER ACADEMY Team of Instructors
Theoretical expertise and practical experience are the cornerstones of the WACKER ACADEMY team. With backgrounds in sales or technology, our experts come to the table with extensive application knowledge. They are also trained instructors and moderators with a sixth sense for current trends and market developments.
Instructors for Household and Cleaning Products
Dr. Christof Brehm
Dr. Christof Brehm studied chemistry and made his doctoral thesis in organic chemistry at the university Saarbrücken. He started his career in various positions of Research and Development at the Max-Planck-Institute Kohlenforschung (Mühlheim/Ruhr), ALTANA Pharma AG as well as at BASF SE. In 2008, he began to work at WACKER Chemie AG in the group of Innovation Silicones. Since the year 2017, he leads as Technical Manager the application laboratory for developments in the field of Household Care and is in this respect the technical contact for all customers of the EMEA region.
After completing her chemical training in 2001, Susanne Denk worked in quality control at Siltronic AG. Since 2013, she has been employed at WACKER’s Personal Care unit, where she works in the technical lab and is responsible for tissue applications. In 2016, she completed advanced training as a WACKER lab technician certified by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). She offers WACKER ACADEMY courses on tissue products and applications from our LIOSIL® portfolio.
Dr. Ovidiu Feier-Iova
Dr. Ovidiu Feier-Iova: after completing his degree in chemistry and his doctoral thesis in organometallic chemistry at Heidelberg University, he occupied various posts at KAO Germany GmbH. Having previously worked as head of Research and Development at KMP Printtechnik AG, he has been working as technical manager and laboratory manager in WACKER’s Personal Care Applications sector since 2016. He is also the Technical Champion for WACKER Personal Care Applications in the EMEA region.
Dr. Linrong Gu
Lingrong (Linna) joined WACKER right after completing a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Clemson University in South Carolina. She is the Technical Manager for the Pulp and Industrial defoamers Business Team SPI responsible for developing new defoaming and antifoaming products to various industries. Linna also has a MS in Polymers Chemistry and Physics and a BS in Chemistry from Zhejiang University in China.
Dr. Tassilo Habereder
Dr. Tassilo Habereder studied chemistry and wrote his PhD thesis in inorganic chemistry. Before he joined Wacker Chemie AG he had worked in various positions for Ciba Speciality Chemicals (now BASF). Since 2009, he has been working as technical manager and laboratory head for Personal Care applications at Wacker Chemie AG. Moreover he works as Global Technical Champion for Wacker Skin and Color Care applications.
After his chemical training, Peter Kapinos studied Business Administration and then joined WACKER in 2003. He has held a number of functions, including Senior Business Planning Manager at our WACKER POLYSILICON and WACKER SILICONES divisions. Since 2016, he has been Marketing Manager for the Household Care segment.
Since completing her chemical training in 1999, Monika Meier has worked at WACKER, where she was initially responsible for the Pulp and Paper unit and, starting 2001, for the Tissue unit. In 2011, she completed advanced training as a WACKER lab technician certified by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). Since then, she has worked in the Personal Care unit, where she is responsible for tissue applications in the technical lab. She offers WACKER ACADEMY courses on tissue products and applications from our LIOSIL® portfolio.
John has spent 21 years at WACKER in various capacities. He started as the Technical Director of Textiles at Kelmar (a WACKER subsidiary). He has since completed roles as Business Team Leader and Senior Technical Manager. He is currently the Senior Technical Manager of the Home Care and Textiles Teams responsible for product development, application development and market support for Home Care and Textiles customers. John holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina.