2017

Biography

Jean-Marc Gilson began his career with Dow Corning in 1989 as a process engineer in Belgium. He then served in a number of engineering, financial, and leadership roles in Europe, Asia and at the company's headquarter in the United States.

Jean-Marc has focused his career on specialty materials since 1999, when he was a R&D for Dow Corning's Specialty Chemicals unit. In 2003, he was named corporate Vice President and General Manager for the Advanced Technologies Business. Jean-Marc relocated to Japan in 2005 as Asian Area President to oversee the company's multi-billion dollar global Specialty Materials business. He was later named Executive Vice President of Dow Corning in 2009.

In 2010, he became CEO of Avantor Performance Materials, based in Pennsylvania, a portfolio company of private equity firm New Mountain Capital. In early 2012, building on his long career in silicones, he moved to Nusil, California, as Vice-Chairman at the time a newly acquired New Mountain Capital portfolio company. As of the summer of 2014, and after 20 successful years working in the US and Asia, Jean-Marc relocated to France to take the leadership of the Roquette Group, a French global leader in Nutrition and Health.

Jean-Marc received a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering from the University of Liege (Belgium) and an MBA from IMD (Switzerland).

A family-owned Group serving customers globally, Roquette is a leader in specialty food ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients. The products and solutions developed by the Group deliver proven technological, nutritional and health benefits precisely tailored to the pharma, nutrition, food and selected industry markets. Roquette’s offer is produced from plant-based raw materials such as corn, wheat, potatoes and peas. Since its foundation over 80 years ago, the Group’s growth has been based on innovation, a passion for the job and a commitment to achieve. Roquette operates in over 100 countries, has a turnover of around 3.2 billion euros and currently employs more than 8,000 people worldwide.

Program Information

Roquette CEO Jean-Marc Gilson will discuss sustainable development and technological innovation, while we celebrate the harvest.

Jean-Marc Gilson

Jean-Marc Gilson is the CEO of the Roquette Group, a French global leader in Nutrition and Health.