2017 Advisory Board
Smithers Pira will be collaborating with thought-leaders from across the wipes industry to put together this year's GO Wipes Europe programme, which will explore the latest in science, technology, business, and EU regulations.
Meet the experts on this year's advisory board:
Ian began his career in marketing roles in the automotive and chemical industries before moving into FMCG. He now has 17 years’ experience of the wet wipes industry, having joined Nice-Pak’s Consumer Division in 1999, initially in an International Sales role developing the business in France and Spain, before later moving into a marketing role at the Flint UK head office. He became Marketing Director in 2006 and, as well as having Board responsibility for marketing strategy, manages a team focused on delivering consumer insights, innovative new product development and category management advice to both own label and branded customers around the world. This encompasses all major wet wipe categories, including baby wipes, facial wipes, moist toilet tissue and household cleaning wipes. Ian is also responsible for Nice-Pak’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. He has a degree in modern languages and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Pierre Conrath leads the External Relations and Sustainability activities of EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries.
Pierre joined EDANA in 2008 and coordinates a number of working groups and supports EDANA members on topics ranging from international trade to ecolabels and environmental legislation.
Prior to joining EDANA, Pierre worked as Senior Consultant for Kellen Europe, an Association Management firm. In this role Pierre managed and advised several trade associations operating in various fields, with a strong focus on manufacturing industries and environmental issues. Previously Pierre acquired experience in a wide range of roles when working in the environment and chemicals practice area of Fleishman-Hillard, as the Brussels representative of a French transport trade association, focusing on EU road transport policy. Pierre also worked as a member of DSM’s public affairs team, on biotechnology issues.
Pierre holds a degree in political science from the Institute of Political Science of Bordeaux. In addition, he has a Masters degree in Public affairs and representation of interests from Laval University of Québec and the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux. In addition to his speaking French as his native language, Pierre speaks fluent English and Dutch and has a good knowledge of German.
Mike is a Category Technical Manager for the Household and Pet category at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, based at their Store Support Centre in London. Mike is a Chartered Chemist with over 20 years experience in Research & Development and Retail roles, involving Household Products for the Domestic and Professional markets.
David M Jackson completed a BSc. Chemical Engineering at UC Swansea in 1976. He then went on to complete an MSChE at University of Washington Seattle in 1978. David was at Kimberly Clark for 38+ years at headquarters sites in Wisconsin and Georgia, with a primary focus on nonwoven composites for wiping, absorbency, disposable elastic composites and treatment chemistry and processes. After recently taking retirement, David has started a non-wovens consultancy, Material/Process Connexxions. David holds over >50 US patents and > 200 worldwide.
Phillip Mango is an Associate Consultant at Smithers Pira, specialising in wipes.
Nick Santoleri is V-P of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing for Rockline Industries, a global private branded supplier of personal care and household wet wipe products. He has been with Rockline 1999, and became Vice-President of Global Operations in 2004. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, in various engineering, product and manufacturing roles, spanning product lines from Consumer Tissue and Towels to Baby Wipes.
Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to the Bentonville, Arkansas area from Wisconsin in 1999. His educational background includes an Electrical Engineering Degree from Drexel University, a Certificate of Management from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and Supply Chain Management study at Cranfield University in the UK, Northwestern’s Kellogg school of business in Chicago and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, in Cambridge, Mass.
Nick has served on the International Non-Wovens and Disposables Associations (INDA) Executive Board for the past 9 years. Is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, Elevate's CEO Forum in Fayetteville, AR, and Chief Executive Corp - Chief Executive Network.
Mr. Thomas Weigert joined the Go Wipes advisory board to provide his broad machinery, process and application knowledge of nonwoven production.
Since 1997 he is working at Trützschler Nonwovens, the former Fleissner GmbH, in Egelsbach near Frankfurt/Germany, who is one of the leading suppliers of nonwoven production lines and machinery.
For almost 20 years in various positions he gained wide experience in the design and development of nonwoven production equipment and also in the technological requirements for nonwoven substrates. Today in the position as Director Application Technology Mr. Weigert holds technological responsibility for Fleissner AquaJet, Through Air Drying and Wetlaid Spunlace (WLS).
Mr. Weigert got his degree in mechanical engineering at Darmstadt Technical University in August 1989 and started his professional life in the design and development of automotive brake systems before entering into the nonwoven industry.