DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today the appointment of Matthew Ottaway as senior vice president global beauty care and nutrition at Univar Solutions. This appointment comes after the Company recently announced the combination of its 14 end markets to five macro categories including Consumer Solutions, General Industrial, Services & Other Markets, Industrial Specialties, and Refining & Chemical Processing. In his new role, Ottaway will be accountable for the continued expansion and growth of Univar Solutions existing global businesses of food ingredients, beauty, and personal care as well as the globalization of the Nutraceuticals business currently operating in Canada.
As part of the Consumer Solutions category, the beauty care and nutrition segments serve essential end-markets globally, where customers benefit from Univar Solutions' solutions centers model of formulation expertise.
"Matthew has a long history of driving a greater level of growth for our organization and connectivity across industry verticals globally. His insight, business acumen, and understanding of our global business makes him the perfect choice to lead our vertical industry expansion," said David Jukes, president and CEO of Univar Solutions. "With Matthew's proven senior leadership in this important role, we are well-positioned with customers and suppliers to take advantage of growth trends and lead the chemical and ingredient distribution market with new ideas that help us strategically grow with our suppliers and meet customer demand."
Ottaway brings more than 20 years of chemical and ingredients industry experience, working for both producers and distributors in sectors such as Beauty and Personal Care, Food Ingredients, Pharmaceuticals, and Coatings. In his most recent position with Univar Solutions as Focused Industries vice president for EMEA, Ottaway has been instrumental in designing and delivering growth strategies within the industries of his portfolio. He has built and executed on a people led plan designed to deliver value to Univar Solutions customers and suppliers with a focus on sales execution as well as both supplier and geographic expansion.
Ottaway joined Univar Solutions in December of 2014 as Personal Care industry director, where he had profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for a dedicated EMEA Personal Care team. Prior to joining Univar Solutions, Ottaway held positions of increasing responsibility in medical sales, biotechnology, and specialty chemicals in leading organizations across Europe.
About Univar Solutions Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools the company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at www.univarsolutions.com.
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