Meet the Team
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
After an apprenticeship for wholesale and foreign trade Ulrich Huntenburg spend several years in Brazil to learn the wax refinery procedure from scratch and intensify the relationship with the local carnauba wax industry. He returned in 1985 to accept his inheritance from his father Walter Huntenburg. At first Ulrich shared the management with his two older brothers Thomas and Jochen, and from 2005 on he was the CEO while his brothers reduced their activities and joined the Board of Shareholders.
Dr. Matthias Seemann
Dr. Matthias Seemann worked at Capol GmbH (Freudenberg Group) for several years, where he crucially contributed to the company’s success in his role as CEO. Prior to that he was technical product manager and technical director of Reckitt Benckiser / Propack and head of application technology at Jungbunzlauer. He ideally complements the management of KahlWax and will accompany it on its successful course in an executive position. Dr. Seemann’s main focus is the company’s strategic direction, the optimization of sales and innovation processes, and its competitiveness.
CBO (Chief Business Officer)
Udo Thaysen started his career in 1989 after completing an apprenticeship as merchant for international trade. He started as export manager in the food sector and gathered substantial knowledge and experience in international sales. Udo joined KahlWax in 1999, first as Export Manager and in 2001 he assumed the position as Sales Director. In 2005 he became “Prokurist /VP”.
CSIO (Chief Sales & Innovation Officer)
Marc Schlüter received degrees in booth chemistry and economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, and started his career in R&D at Beiersdorf AG. Later on he changed positions from the technical to the commercial side. For several years he worked at Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH for I+I and Household Industry, where he was senior product manager in charge of Central Europe. Marc joined KahlWax in April 2007 as Business Unit Manager for the German market. In 2011 he became Sales and R&D Director and has since been responsible for sales in Central Europe, R&D, and the Quality Control Laboratory.
CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
Tanja Tegner started her career in 1994 in accounting and controlling. Having earned a degree in economics from Leibniz University in Hanover and an MBA from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, she has over 20 years of experience in finance and general management. Tanja is an expert in the development of reporting, budgeting and forecasting structures and tools, especially for mid-size companies with a global reach. After several years as finance manager at TT-Line and CFO at Capol GmbH, she joined KahlWax in 2015 as CFO and now focuses on restructuring the reporting process and the implementation of budgeting and forecasting routines. Tanja is in charge of finance, human resources, IT, and general administration.
COO (Chief Operating Officer)
Johann Uhl is a graduate engineer from the University Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany, for mechanical, power, and process engineering. He started his career in 1996 as factory manager at the Martin Bauer Group and later at Hälssen-Lyon GmbH. He is an expert in plant organization, restructuring, and ERP system introduction. Johann Uhl joined KahlWax in 2012. He is responsible for the production, supply chain, and the sample management team.
Martina Heldermann holds a degree in cosmetic chemistry & technology engineering. She started her career in 2000 as applications and R&D project manager in the cosmetic industry. In May 2003 she joined Chemisches Laboratorium Dr. Kurt Richter GmbH (CLR) and took over the responsibilities of marketing as director with global responsibility and a focus on cosmetic actives. In 2005 she additionally became Sales Director Germany. In April 2008 Martina started working for Inolex Chemical Company, first as Sales then as Sales & Marketing Manager Europe. At the beginning of September 2013 she joined KahlWax as International Sales and Technical Manager, and in January 2016 she became Technical Director with the additional responsibilities of the application lab, technical customer service, new product project management, and global marketing.
Dr. Nicolai Nagorny
Nicolai Nagorny holds a PhD in organic chemistry of the University of Hamburg, Germany, since 2004. After several career occupations he joined KahlWax in 2010. He is responsible for quality control and the R&D Laboratory.