Jochen Schmidt began his career in the textile industry in the carpet sector, where he spent several years specializing in textile finishing with a focus on textile coating. After completing his studies, in 1993 Jochen joined Sandoz AG in Basel, Switzerland, as a textile engineer. As part of the R&D team he was responsible for the screening of research products up to the first field tests. Jochen later moved into the global service area and became Head of the Customer Service Department, overseeing techni cal support in the field of classical finishing. At the end of 2004 Jochen headed Clariant’s technical textiles division in Frankfurt, which was later integrated into Clariant’s global application center in Reinach (Switzerland). From 2008, he headed the Functional Effects Business Line for textiles with responsibility for classical finishing (the apparel sector) and technical textiles. In August 2011, he was appointed Head of Technical Service EMEA, Business Unit Textile Chemicals , being responsible for pre-treatment, dyeing auxiliaries and finishing including technical textiles. Jochen Schmidt joined Archroma with the business transferred from Clariant in September 2013. He was appointed to his current role as Global Product Marketing Manager, Finishing Chemicals, Brand & Performance Textile Specialties in August 2015. Jochen Schmidt holds a chemical engineer degree (Krefeld/Germany), is married and has two kids. He is born on January 1, 1965 in Duesseldorf, Germany.