Norman Willemsen to leave Kebony

28 March 2023

Wood modification company Kebony has announced that Norman Willemsen has decided to leave the company after four years of service to pursue new challenges, with the mutual agreement and the best wishes of the Board.

Mr Willemsen leaves Kebony with a strong track record having led the company through an exceptionally challenging period and having progressed several key initiatives. Amid soaring input process, he improved the company’s business economics, simplified the ownership structure, and further internationalised the company, especially in North America. He championed Kebony’s mission and was a tireless advocate for sustainable alternatives to tropical hardwood in construction.

Kebony’s board of directors has appointed Jean-Baptiste Clavel to succeed Norman Willemsen in the post of chief executive officer. Mr Clavel is an experienced business leader with an excellent track record of developing commercial functions and enhancing sales strategies in construction-focused enterprises. He’s previously held senior leadership positions at Zodiac Pool Systems and The Coleman Company Inc. where he managed complex strategic developments and spearheaded major innovations.

“Norman will be missed and we thank him for his unwavering commitment to the company and its mission,” said Cornelius Walter, chairman of the board. “As he moves on to new endeavours, we all wish him the very best for the future. Furthermore, I am delighted to welcome Jean-Baptiste as our new chief executive. He joins us with ample directly-applicable experience to the company’s current condition and is capable of taking us to new heights thanks to his strategic capabilities and proven operational effectiveness. I, and the entire board, wish him every success in his new post.”

Jean-Baptiste Clavel