SK Capital Partners hired Daniele Ferrari as senior director. Ferrari most recently worked as chief executive of Versalis, a large European chemicals company. He also worked as chairman of Matrica, a joint-venture with Novamont.
SK Capital Partners, LP, a private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, today announced it will be expanding its team with the addition of Daniele Ferrari as Senior Director.
Mr. Ferrari brings over 35 years of direct operating and executive experience in the chemicals industry, most recently serving as the CEO of Versalis S.p.A., one of Europe’s largest chemicals companies, and as Chairman of Matrìca S.p.A., a joint-venture with Novamont, a leader in the bio-plastics industry at the forefront of the renewable chemistry sector. At Versalis S.p.A., Mr. Ferrari led the company’s efforts to reposition downstream and grow the company’s portfolio of higher margin, specialty and renewable chemical products, including creating the company’s BioTech global business unit. Mr. Ferrari started his career at Agip Petroli, a subsidiary of Eni S.p.A., and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), before joining Huntsman in 1997, where he held numerous roles and international assignments spanning his 14-year tenure, during which he ultimately became the global President of Huntsman’s Performance Products division.
Mr. Ferrari also brings significant leadership in the area of sustainability, promoting processes that support a more circular economy and the development and usage of renewable chemical solutions. He was the immediate past President of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), which is the largest trade association for the chemical industry in Europe. He previously served as President of PlasticsEurope Bruxelles, the association of European plastics manufacturers, and as a board member of Alliance to End Plastics Waste.
Mr. Ferrari has an Industrial Chemical background and was awarded an Honorary Master’s degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Ferrara. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) and Venator Materials PLC (NYSE: VNTR), where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Ferrari also serves on the board of the Oxford University Business Economics Program.
Barry Siadat, Co-Founder and Managing Director at SK Capital, commented, “Daniele brings an unparalleled level of operating and executive leadership experience to the firm. He has successfully led multiple companies within the chemical industry for decades and shares a strong passion for sustainability.” Siadat added, “Daniele’s deep knowledge of and experience in our sectors of focus make him an ideal match for his new position at SK Capital.”
“SK Capital is well-known in the industry for leveraging its operating and investing expertise to drive business transformation and improvement,” said Mr. Ferrari. “I am delighted to join the SK Capital team and look forward to supporting the firm’s ongoing growth and success.”
Jamshid Keynejad, Co-Founder and Managing Director at SK Capital, commented, “Daniele is a proven leader in our industry who brings a unique skillset and decades of operating experience to SK Capital. We are excited to add him to our team and we look forward to working together to enhance the value of our portfolio and support the growth of our firm.”
ABOUT SK CAPITAL
SK Capital is a private investment firm with a disciplined focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors. The firm seeks to build strong and growing businesses that create substantial long-term value. SK Capital utilizes its industry, operating and investment experience to identify opportunities to transform businesses into higher performing organizations with improved strategic positioning, growth and profitability as well as lower operating risk. SK Capital’s portfolio of businesses generates revenues of approximately $11 billion annually, employs more than 15,000 people globally and operates 137 plants in 28 countries. The firm currently has approximately $4.86 billion of assets under management. For more information, please visit www.skcapitalpartners.com.