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Federation of the European Cookware,
Cutlery & Houseware Industries

Our Technical Work

Statement on the aim of the work of FEC Senior Experts

Under the roof of FEC the Senior Experts of member companies join and coordinate their forces for all issues which are related to regulations of the European market.

For this purpose, FEC Expert Teams:

  • elaborate a common FEC point of view on specific legal requirements,
  • present and defend this point of view in European and national commissions and workgroups and
  • provide consolidated information to the members.

Food-Contact Expert Team

The Food-Contact Expert Team:

  • tracks all food contact regulations relevant to our industry in Europe,
  • promotes harmonized test methods, limit values and legislation and
  • creates antitrust legislation compliant structures and documents, which allow FEC members to test their products and provide documents of conformity in an efficient way.
Gernot Strehl

Gernot Strehl

Vice-President | Head of Product Compliance, ZWILLING J.A. Henckels AG

Dr. Gernot Strehl joined Zwilling in November 2012. He graduated in physics at the Technical University of Berlin in 1996. In 2002 he obtained his doctoral degree from the Technical University Clausthal after working on two European projects. In 2003 he benefited from a postdoctoral scholarship at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. In the following years he worked for Schmidt + Clemens with centrifugal cast high alloyed steels and forged tool steels.

At Zwilling he is responsible for product compliance on a global level with a special focus on food contact and chemical legislation. Within the Senior Expert team in FEC metals & alloys as well as ceramics and enamel are his key interests.

Inga Buschauer

Inga Buschauer

Product Compliance Officer, Fissler GmbH, Germany

Inga Buschauer joined Fissler GmbH in August 2019. She is responsible for Product Compliance and REACH Compliance.

After completing her studies (Lebensmittelchemie/ food chemistry) at Technical University in Kaiserslautern in 2009 she worked in the Product Compliance Department of a printing ink manufacturer with focus on food packaging inks. In 2014 she promoted the certification of this printing ink manufacturer according to food safety management as HACCP-officer.

From 2010 till 2019 she gained experience in association work by participating in the EuPIA PIFOOD Technical Committee.

Michel Mamrot

Michel Mamrot

Group Quality Manager, Amefa, Germany

Dr. Michel Mamrot is in charge for product compliance, product quality and social compliance at the Amefa Group since 2018.

2016-2018 Quality Manager at framas Kunststofftechnik in Vietnam, responsible for quality standards, process implementations, quality control, test laboratory and management systems.

2011-2016 PhD and Postdoc at the University of Wuppertal with focus on quality engineering.

Dorothea Schaser

Dorothea Schaser

Product Compliance Manager, Zwilling Group, Germany

Dorothea Schaser joined the Quality Management Department at the ZWILLING group in August 2019. She is responsible for product compliance within the group. She completed her master degree Sustainability Management at Schumpeter School of Business and Economics (University of Wuppertal) and gained broad working experience in several international companies. During her time at Bayer Group, she was among other things responsible for the development and implementation of cost sharing approaches with reference to REACH. .

Most recently, she worked as a Product Compliance and Sustainability Manager at the Prym Consumer Europe GmbH. She was in charge of national/international regulatory affairs and process implementation with a particular focus on product risk management systems.

Sandro Tarozzo

Sandro Tarozzo

Integrated System Manager Guardini Italy

Sandro Tarozzo has been a Senior Expert for FEC from 2020. He graduate from Professional Institute for Industry. He joined in Alcatel Cables as Production and Planner Manager from 1988 to 1997. From 1997 to 1998 as plant manager in Elettronica Conduttori.

Since 1998 he holds the position of Quality Manager, Integrated System Manager and Regulatory Compliance Manager for Chemicals and Food Contact for the Bakeware business of Guardini.

Patricia Rickenbach

Patricia Rickenbach

Quality Compliance & Laboratory Manager, Kuhn Rikon, Switzerland

Degree in Oecotrophology (nutritional science & home economics) from University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Worked for TüV Rheinland in Shanghai (laboratory, technical expert).

Since September 2013 at Kuhn Rikon AG in Rikon, Switzerland (laboratory, compliance).

Paul Englert

Paul Englert

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Industrielack AG, Switzerland

Paul Englert has been employed as Head of Regulatory Affairs from the Swiss Industrielack AG in 2019, being responsible for product compliance of non-stick coatings with chemical and food law. After completing his studies at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, he received a university degree in chemistry, and achieved the German approval for bringing dangerous chemical products on the market, due to his extra studies in toxicology and chemical laws.
As a recipe developer, he has been able to build up 10 years of expertise in the material optimization of the laser marking properties of plastics, most time as a project manager of state and privately funded university research studies.

In the course of his career in the plastic converting and automotive industry Paul Englert has focused on chemical product safety and is involved in leading positions with regulatory topics of plastics, adhesives and coatings for almost 20 years.

Bianca Warkentin

Bianca Warkentin

Food Chemist/Regulatory Affairs, Weilburger Coatings GmbH, Germany

Bianca Warkentin has been working as a food chemist in product safety at Weilburger Coatings GmbH since July 2022.

She completed her Master of Science (Food Science and Economy) at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, with the thesis “Analysis of antimicrobial surface coatings on water dispensers”.

Parallel to her studies, she was able to gain valuable experience in the food and non-food sector. In addition, Bianca has acquired the qualification as a quality management representative.

 

 

Fred Pfeifer

Fred Pfeifer

R&D Manager, Weilburger, Germany

Actual function : Regulatory affairs and product coordination on high temperature and non stick coatings.

Special focus : Global food contact regulations chemical regulations globally indoor air regulations.

From 1978-1982 : Education as paint lab assistant at Weilburger Lackfabrik.

Since 1982 : Weilburger Lackfabrik, now Weilburger Coatings in several R&D functions like Coil coatings for bakeware, Non stick coatings, Global Technical service, Lab Manager for high temperature and non stick coatings.

Edwige Soton

Edwige Soton

Standardization and legislation manager, Francéclat, France

Edwige Soton joined Francéclat in 2001 where she is responsible of standardization and regulation monitoring. Francéclat is the French professional economic development committee representing the watchmaking, jewelry and tableware sectors.

She obtained a PhD in materials science and engineering from Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (France) after being graduated of a master in chemistry from the University of Lyon, France.

Within the senior expert team in FEC, metal & alloys – and particularly alloys used in silverware and tableware – are her key interests.

Kurt Mecray

Kurt Mecray

Consumer Technical Marketing Manager Global Cookware/Bakeware, PPG, USA

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Kate Sullivan

Kate Sullivan

Regional Manager, Food Contact Regulatory Compliance, EMEA. PPG

Kate Sullivan joined PPG in 2022 as Regional Manager, Food Contact Regulatory Compliance, EMEA in PPG’s Product Stewardship Food Contact Community of Expertise. Kate is based in the UK and works within a global team supporting PPG’s Kitchen and Industrial Bakeware business unit.
Prior to joining PPG, Kate spent over 30 years in the metal food and beverage packaging industry, firstly as an Analytical Chemist and then transitioned into managing food contact regulatory compliance support.
Kate has a Masters Degree in Packaging Technology from Loughborough University in the UK.
Dario Dainelli

Dario Dainelli

M. Sc. Chemistry

Dario Dainelli graduated in Chemistry in the University of Pisa (Italy), discussing a thesis on thermotropic liquid crystals. After having spent few years in the academic research, he worked in the plastic converting enviroment for over 25 years, first as R&D laboratory manager, and then as regulatory leader. He covered several roles in regulatory affairs in the Europe-Middle East Region, in Asia-Pacific and finally as a global lead, managing large and diversified global teams. Following up in his regulatory career, in 2016 Dario earned a M.Sc grade in Food Legislation from the Michigan State University. In 2018 he established a consulting company in Brussels, referred as PolicyRegulatory, which provides services to companies, associations and non-govermental organizations (such as FAO, the World Bank etc.) in all fields related to legislation, policies, and technology relative to food contact materials, and chemical substances. Dario supports FEC as Regulatory Advisor since 2019.
Alessia Biatta

Alessia Biatta

Food Contact Specialist, ICIM Consulting S.r.l.

Sustainability-Development Expert Team

The Sustainability-Development Expert Team:

  • tracks all sustainability regulations relevant to our industry in Europe,
  • promotes harmonized legislation and
  • creates antitrust legislation compliant structures and documents, which allow FEC members to comply with the requirements of the regulations in an efficient way.
Ludovic Guitton

Ludovic Guitton

CSFO, De Buyer Group, France

Ludovic Guitton has joined La Brigade de Buyer in 2021, as Chief Strategy and Finance Officer. He is in charge of group finance, strategy, and transformation. He has entered the directors’ committe of FEC in 2022, and is coordinating its sustainable development experts team.
After completing his engineering studies at Ecole Polytechnique Paris (mechanics and economics) and Imperial College London (transport engineering), he got an MBA at College des Ingénieurs. He first worked for large companies as project manager, BU director and business control director. In 2015, he joined the investment team of Edify, a private equity holding, and was member of the board of directors of 3 companies (de Buyer, Sirem and Thermo Technologies).
Candice Le Louarn

Candice Le Louarn

Manager Affaires Publiques et Européennes, Groupe SEB

Tobias Gerfin

Tobias Gerfin

CEO, Kuhn Rikon, Switzerland

Tobias Gerfin has been CEO of Kuhn Rikon AG, a Swiss family-owned company in the field of cookware and cooking utensils since October 2013. The company’s products are marketed worldwide in 40 countries. Since 2019, he is President of the European Association for Cookware, Cutlery and Flatware (FEC).
After his studies and his doctorate at the ETH Zurich as a natural scientist, he worked at the EPF Lausanne on solar cells. His industrial career led him to Bruker in Fällanden in the field of NMR, Optrel, a leading company for welding helmets, in Toggenburg, and Glas Trösch in Bützberg, where he took over the management of the glass in interior work in 2007. In 2010 Tobias Gerfin was appointed CEO of Stoll Giroflex AG in Koblenz in the office furniture sector.
Peter Hollaender

Peter Hollaender

CEO, Amefa, Netherlands

Aurora Alessia Bosio

Aurora Alessia Bosio

QHSE and Sustainability Manager, Mori 2A

Aurora Alessia Bosio is QHSE and sustainability manager at Mori 2A s.r.l. since 2019 where she deals with Integrated Management System, ESG, certifications and the Mori 2A Cares project.
In 2022she graduated in Political Science and International Relations with the thesis “Theory and Practice of Stakeholder Engagement. The case study of the Mori 2A Cares project.”
She obtained the Quality Manager certificate in 2020 and the Social Change Manager open badge issued by POLIMI Graduate School of Management in 2023.
Tobias Knapp

Tobias Knapp

Global Sustainability Director, LeCreuset

Tim Decken

Tim Decken

Head of Global Sustainability Management, Zwilling

Dario Dainelli

Dario Dainelli

Consultant, FEC

Dario Dainelli graduated in Chemistry in the University of Pisa (Italy), discussing a thesis on thermotropic liquid crystals. After having spent few years in the academic research, he worked in the plastic converting enviroment for over 25 years, first as R&D laboratory manager, and then as regulatory leader. He covered several roles in regulatory affairs in the Europe-Middle East Region, in Asia-Pacific and finally as a global lead, managing large and diversified global teams. Following up in his regulatory career, in 2016 Dario earned a M.Sc grade in Food Legislation from the Michigan State University. In 2018 he established a consulting company in Brussels, referred as PolicyRegulatory, which provides services to companies, associations and non-govermental organizations (such as FAO, the World Bank etc.) in all fields related to legislation, policies, and technology relative to food contact materials, and chemical substances. Dario supports FEC as Regulatory Advisor since 2019.
Alessa Lübke

Alessa Lübke

Food Chemist and Regulatory Manager, FEC

Alessa Maria Lübke studied food chemistry at the university of Hamburg, Germany and and completed her first state examination in 2021. Her second examination as state-certified food chemist followed in 2022. Alessa is currently working as food chemist scientific regulatory officer at Polymer Comply Europe. Her professional field of activities includes among others several sustainability projects as well as regulatory consulting with focus on REACH and CLP. Since October 2023, she has been supporting the FEC office in Brussels as well as the Sustainability Development Team and the Food-Contact Expert team of FEC.

 

Jean-Yves Crauser Delbourg

Jean-Yves Crauser Delbourg

Operations Director / Industrial Strategy VP, Groupe SEB

Jean-Yves is in charge of industrial strategy and strategic projects at Groupe SEB since 2021.                                                                                         He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2008 and worked for Saint-Gobain and McKinsey & Company in end-to-end operations. Among other topics at Groupe SEB, he is looking after programs of regionalization and relocalization of production, as well as strategic sustainability projects.

 

 

 

Kristina Krisciunaite

Kristina Krisciunaite

Executive Director | International Tax & Legal, Le Creuset

Kristina Krisciunaite has joined Le Creuset Group AG in 2021 as a Group Tax Director. She is also a member of the Executive Management Committee. She obtained master’s degree in law at the Vilnius University in 1996 and economist’s degree at the same university in 1999. Kristina is a certified Attorney at Law. She has over 20 years’ experience in tax and legal fields at various roles in PwC Lithuania and PwC Switzerland. She worked as a Country Managing Partner and the Chair of the Board at PwC Lithuania. Before joining Le Creuset Group, she led global outbound tax compliance services at PwC Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

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