INOLEX has announced new appointments to its leadership team, naming Kevin Hrebenar, VP Operations; Alanna Smith, Site Lead Charlotte, USA; and Ted Laarkamp VP, Global Supply Chain. The enhanced leadership structure reflects the company’s focus on excellence in manufacturing and global operations.
“Bringing dedicated expertise to these areas is paramount as we continue to scale our global enterprise and ensure continuity of supply for our customers worldwide,” said David Plimpton, INOLEX CEO.
Kevin Hrebenar, VP Operations, will lead strategic planning and operations for INOLEX’s flagship manufacturing in Charlotte, USA. Hrebenar is an industry veteran, with a robust career spanning over 35-years in the specialty chemicals industry. Most recently, he served as VP Operations, R&D at Dooley Chemicals. Hrebenar will leverage his background in surface and colloid chemistry as well as business management to build the company’s production platform for greater efficiency and sustainability. A key focus will be instilling best practices to build a world-class safety culture throughout the company.
Alanna Smith has been promoted to Site Lead, Charlotte. Smith will oversee the day-to-day production at the company’s US manufacturing facility. She brings extensive Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) experience to INOLEX, having worked over a decade as an EHS Leader at Dow Chemical. Smith’s background will be instrumental in shaping higher environmental and sustainability standards at INOLEX. Reporting into Kevin Hrebenar, VP Operations, Smith will lead the local operations team and ensure proficiency of the site’s production capabilities.
Ted Laarkamp VP, Global Supply Chain, will work across the organization to build out the global logistics network of the business. He will oversee the company’s regional manufacturing in Brazil and Korea, and drive improvements in inventory management and warehousing, including logistics and shipping, across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. On the technology front, Laarkamp will further develop the company’s Material Requirements Planning (MRP) platform for global production optimization. He is charged with advancing the procurement of strategic and sustainable raw materials as well as bringing forth greater transparency on feedstock origins.
“These individuals are deeply knowledgeable and passionate about our manufacturing operations,” notes Plimpton. “Together they are a driving force in realizing our vision as both a world-class innovator and a manufacturer of plant-based, sustainable ingredients.”
Individuals appearing from left to right: Kevin Hrebenar, VP Operations; Alanna Smith, Site Lead, Charlotte, USA; Ted Laarkamp, VP Global Supply Chain
The INOLEX innovation platform is guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry and life-cycle thinking. The company is recognized for its leading proprietary technologies—with an emphasis on natural, plant-based solutions—in Alternative Preservation, Silicone Alternatives, Palm Alternatives, Film Formers, and Conditioning Agents. INOLEX is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), is RSPO Supply Chain Certified, and offers 100% of its palm-derived products as RSPO Mass Balance.
Notable product innovation awards include the 2020 Sustainability Award from Henkel Beauty, presented during the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting in Orlando, for LexFeel™ D5, a sustainable, highperformance silicone alternative ingredient; the 2020 HPCI Innovation Award for AminoSensyl™ Amino Lipid Platform of 100% natural, quat-free conditioning ingredients; the 2018 ITEHPEC Innovation Award in LATAM for LexFeel™ Vibrant, a patented color-enhancing sensory agent; Finalist in the Sustainability Beauty Awards for SustOleo™ MCT, a natural palm-free sensory ingredient alternative that contains 100% USDA certified biobased content; and the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Global Personal Care Product Innovation Leadership Award for Emulsense™, a cationic agent for hair conditioning and skin care that contains 100% USDA certified biobased content.
INOLEX is an independent, global specialty ingredients company that delivers natural, sustainable, and innovative technologies for health, beauty, and wellness. Guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry and lifecycle thinking, INOLEX balances technology and nature to create sustainable, life ingredients. The company delivers emerging ingredients across all major beauty care categories, focusing on new bio-based technologies that are authentically traceable and independently certified. Core technologies include Alternative Preservation; Highperformance Polymers for Sun Care; Alternatives for Silicones; Natural and Quat-free Cationic Conditioning Agents; and Palm Alternatives, with a focus on plant-based, certified natural options in all categories.