Meet our people

Brian Coghill
Indigenous & Community Relations Advisor, Queensland, Australia

“A major part of my role is building Sibelco’s relationship with other indigenous organisations, from inspections of land to discussing synergies of land management between key organisations, elders and community leaders. I also meet with internal staff to educate and build greater understanding for the cultural and spiritual beliefs and values of the island and am currently looking at developing strategies to encourage greater involvement of indigenous families in rehabilitating the landscape.

I’ve been with Sibelco for over four years and am proud to be part of a team to ensure the legacy and landscape, although changed, is robust and strong enough to support future generations.”

Juan Gutierrez
Head of Supply Chain, La Laja, Argentina

“A major part of my role is ensuring the efficient and cost-effective delivery of our products to customers throughout the southernmost part of South America, which can include distances of between 600 and 2,000km from the source to the final destination.

Product quality and innovative logistics solutions are vital to our commercial success, but they are nothing without effective information management. Complementing our high quality products with excellent communication, great customer service and the very best people, we are able to differentiate ourselves and take a lead over others in our market.”

Ilse Kenis
Vice President Global Businesses, Antwerp, Belgium

“The role of global business leader is to grow and maximise value creation for Sibelco and customers through global team work within and beyond our current business scope. We select focused market segments to define global strategies that can be translated into regional action plans. By focusing on markets and taking a global approach we can identify and respond to opportunities more quickly, based on shared knowledge and pre-tested experience.

It’s an exciting time to be with Sibelco; we’re focusing more on the customer and working across borders like never before. By fostering a culture of true collaboration as a more integrated global team and achieving a stronger balance between investing in our assets and human capital, we’re stepping up our competitive advantage.”

Nadezhda Kuzmina
Global Energy Procurement Manager, Antwerp, Belgium

“Since completing the Sibelco Graduate Program, I have led Energy Procurement for Sibelco’s European Operations and most recently was appointed as Global Energy Procurement Manager. These opportunities have come with a lot of work and responsibility, which I love.

The last Procurement project that I worked on as part of Sibelco’s Graduate Program inspired me to take on a career in Procurement. I enjoyed being out in the field with suppliers, building long-term partnerships and negotiating better deals for Sibelco that directly affect not only financial statements but also the efficiency of our operations. My managers were also a great source of inspiration – they provided support, mentorship and trusted me with various challenges.”

To learn more about Nadezhda’s thoughts on the Sibelco Graduate Program and her career progression and achievements at Sibelco, see From Graduate Program to Procurement Management: Q&A with Nadezhda Kuzmina.

Herdi Soemantri
Chief Geologist, Pathum Thani, Thailand

“I am responsible for leading our geology mining team in the exploration and development of mineral resources across Asia. I spend most of my time in the field, working with our site teams to ensure the continuous supply of raw materials to our customers across the Asian region.

At the heart of everything we do is sustainability – from an environmental and resource perspective. With the different cultures, politics, laws and regulations across the different countries, this inevitably raises its own challenges, but Sibelco has developed a strong reputation for aligning our operations with local wisdom and with the cooperation of local communities.”

Marc Sourdeaux
Workshop Manager, Fontainebleau, France

“Maintenance is vital to the continuation of our operations – without careful management and regular checking, we cannot guarantee efficient productivity and delivery for our customers, and importantly, we can’t guarantee the safety of our people. Safety is absolutely paramount to my role. Every morning I ensure every team member is wearing the correct safety equipment and monitor all the machinery regularly.

Even though I’ve been with Sibelco for 33 years, I remain hugely interested in the business, the mining industry and the challenge of plant maintenance. So much can impact what we do – the weather, fluctuations in material needs, new employees and contractors arriving on the plant floor; no two days are the same.”