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Karina Sol – Celanese 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In Mexico and elsewhere, it’s a crime to neglect a contaminated property, and that has Karina Sol minding the devil-ridden details as Celanese proceeds with the closure of its massive acetate operation in the city of Ocotlan.  The Texas-headquartered technology and specialty materials company had announced the intended closure of the plant five years ago, […]

Sarah Lockner – Ecolab

Est. reading time: 4 mins

During the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah Lockner bore witness to how Ecolab, a global company headquartered in Minnesota, helped sustain others through its products and services for advancing higher levels of cleanliness. Ecolab’s longtime hospitality, commercial, industrial and healthcare clientele had to maintain some semblance of business as usual while adhering to a […]

Luiz Fernando Roschel – dsm-firmenich

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Luiz Fernando Roschel joined Firmenich, a Switzerland-based fragrance and flavor company, in 2015, his first goal was to stand up a legal department for Latin America with a dedicated ethics and compliance division and a consolidated company culture in the region. “That went well, and in 2019, we were recognized by a local magazine, […]

Lisa Schroeder and Suzanne Flaton-Origenes – BASF

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Chemists think like chemists. So says Lisa Schroeder, adding “that’s what brings out the best of those who work in BASF’s laboratories.” But in an increasingly digital world, chemists may not appreciate opportunities to secure patent protection in the digital space. This being a rather nascent area, Schroeder aids their cause as associate general counsel […]

David Gohlke – Air Liquide

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So what differentiates David Gohlke from the 1.3 million or so other lawyers in the Land of the Free? While it could be his ability to grasp industrial project construction and advanced air separation technologies for a producer of industrial gases, Gohlke is often asked about something more esoteric. Such as: “So you’re that Skadden […]

Steven Spalding – Ashland Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

By the time Steven Spalding was 17, there was one thing he knew for sure: He wasn’t going to become a lawyer. Spalding’s father was a lawyer. So was his older brother. The last thing he wanted to do was to follow in their footsteps. Besides, Spalding was interested in attending medical school with an […]

Viktoriya M. Shpigelman – W. R. Grace & Co.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s something about the rule of law for which Viktoriya M. Shpigelman might have extra appreciation having come from a country where it didn’t always exist. It’s also a country where matters have only grown worse. For she was just 8 years old in 1991 when her family fled Ukraine, then part of the fragmenting […]

Adel Sander – Ascend Performance Materials

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, N95 masks—recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protection against COVID-19—were rapidly selling out and vaccines were frustratingly far on the horizon. Making matters worse, counterfeit personal protection equipment was flooding the market as demand far outpaced supply. According to Adel Sander, Ascend […]

Fabiola Rojo Durand – Givaudan

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s perhaps the world’s biggest company that few know about, even though they can taste and smell its work every day. Swiss-based Givaudan creates flavors and fragrances found in one of every three consumer items in the world, says Fabiola Rojo, the company’s deputy regional counsel for Latin America. Givaudan began operating in Latin America […]

Anne Brooksher-Yen – Celanese

Est. reading time: 5 mins

“Be careful of what you wish for,” the saying goes. But for Anne Brooksher-Yen, who’d spent 10 years in New York City firms after earning her J.D. in 2006, the only hazard in taking a job at Celanese, a Fortune 500 chemical company in Dallas, was the role would deliver growth opportunities beyond her expectations. […]

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