Dr. Ilham Kadri is President and CEO of Diversey. Under Kadri’s leadership, Diversey has transformed to a more customer-centric organization, where employees are more engaged and create more value. Employee engagement has reached 81% and produced 11 quarters of improved profitability, with an unprecedented level of 13% management EBITDA margin and getting back to positive sales growth after a decade of decline in Europe and the US.
With her team, in 2016 Kadri launched the “Internet of CleanTM” platform, a game-changing, cloud-based suite of applications designed to connect equipment and people targeting more productivity, less waste, more sustainable and reliable cleaning operations across sectors. Kadri also heads up a company-wide team that is leading the IoT transformation for the entire company, across divisions and functions, including IS digital architecture, external ecosystems acquisitions, digital monetization and robotics.
Over the course of her 22 years of experience, Kadri has held a variety of global roles in business leadership, Sales and Marketing and R&D in public and private companies such as Huntsman, Cytec, Shell-LyondellBasell and Rohm Haas-Dow. She has experienced five mergers and acquisitions and is recognized as an agent of change.
Kadri currently serves on the Board of Directors of A.O. Smith Corp. ($9Bn capitalization), a leading company that manufactures water-heating systems. She is also an Advisory Board member at Catalyst, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to diversity and inclusion. She is the founder and a Chairwoman of The ISSA HygieiaTM Network, which has the mission of advancing women careers at the bottom of the pyramid in the hygiene and cleaning sector.
In 2016 she won four Silver Awards at the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business and in 2017 she was recognized with one of Charlotte Business Journal’s signature “Women in Business” Awards.
Kadri is a chemical engineer, has a Master’s degree in physics and chemistry, and holds a Doctorate in polymer reactive extrusion. She has worked in 13 locations on five continents and is fluent in four languages. She is a Board Member of the Clean Energy Business Council in ME and she has been recognized and awarded throughout her career for her commitment to mentoring young women and fighting female illiteracy. She is also one of the international ambassadors of the foundation ASTRAIA (Female Leadership Foundation) and the Chairwoman of The Hygieia Network, a community of leading women in the hygiene sector. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.