HeiQ welcomes Robert van de Kerkhof to its Board of Directors

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Robert joins HeiQ bringing in his extensive experience in the textile industry after serving as CSO and Board Member of Lenzing AG. 

HeiQ, a leading company in materials innovation and hygiene technologies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert van de Kerkhof as Non-Executive Director, with effect from 1 January 2024 to the board of HeiQ plc and as Chairman of the Environmental, Occupation, Health & Safety and Sustainability Committee. Robert will also be appointed to the board of HeiQ AeoniQ Holding AG (in Switzerland), a subsidiary of HeiQ plc.  

Robert van de Kerkhof has over 30 years of experience in general management and sustainability leadership and extensive knowledge of the textiles industry, including cellulosic fiber technology. He founded PEPPER-i2, an advisory company specializing in sustainability and circularity. Robert also serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer and as a Board Member of Lenzing AG, a position he has held since 2014. Robert will be leaving Lenzing and its Board on the 31st. December 2023. 

Robert joins HEIQ AeoniQ™ with the firm belief that the novel HEIQ AeoniQ™ man-made cellulosic fibers (MMCF) are one of the most promising solutions to transform the textile industry, now the second-most polluting in the world, into one of the most sustainable, by rendering fossil fuel-based fibers like polyester obsolete.  

Robert has also held senior positions as President of the Austrian Fiber Institute, President and Board Member of CIRFS – the European Man-made Fibres Association, and Chairman of the ReHubs Business Council for Euratex, which is the voice of the European Apparel and Textile Industry. These roles further demonstrate his strong leadership experience and expertise within the textiles industry.  

Esther Dale-Kolb, Non-Executive Director and Chair of HeiQ plc, commented: “I would like to welcome Robert to the HeiQ board as Non-Executive Director. His extensive experience and proven track record in leadership, sustainability, and innovation align well with HeiQ’s vision for the future.” 

Robert van de Kerkhof, HeiQ plc Non-Executive Director (effective 1st. January 2024), commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Board of HeiQ. I am confident that the Company is on the right course, and I look forward to helping it advance its commitment to delivering innovative textile solutions that positively impact the industry. In particular, I firmly believe the Company’s novel HeiQ AeoniQ™ MMCF fibers are one of the most promising solutions to decarbonizing the textiles industry and achieving a path to net zero for brands.” 


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