Executive Director Regulatory Europe

Diversey Care


Executive Director Regulatory Europe





Diversey Corporation was founded nearly 100 years ago in Chicago and grown to become a leader in the cleaning and hygiene industry. In 1996, Unilever acquired Diversey. In 2002, the business was sold to the Johnson Wax Professional enterprise, becoming JohnsonDiversey. Johnson Wax Professional separated in 1997 from its parent company S.C. Johnson Commercial Markets, to become a global competitor. In 2010, private equity company CD&R bought JohnsonDiversey when its name was simplified to Diversey, and a tagline was added to communicate the company’s vision: a cleaner, healthier future.


Sealed Air purchased Diversey in 2011, creating a new division of the company as Sealed Air Diversey Care. Under new ownership, the company remained committed to its vision by becoming a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation, and hygiene solutions. The company´s products, systems and expertise have been making food, drink, and facilities safer worldwide. Today, Diversey touches the lives of 800 million workers directly or indirectly.


In late 2016, Sealed Air Corporation announced plans to spin-off its Diversey division along with the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to create a new company, followed by the news of the definitive agreement in March 2017 to sell its Diversey division to Bain Capital Private Equity for approximately $3.2 billion. In September 2017 Diversey announced the finalization of the purchase of the business by Bain Capital Private Equity. As of that moment Diversey continued as a standalone company.


Please visit www.diversey.com for additional information.



Today the Diversey business is approximately US$2.6bn in revenues. Its 9,000 employees are globally dispersed across a broad footprint, with approximately 75% of revenues being derived outside of the United States. The company’s diverse team is lean, agile and highly collaborative.  Its people are passionately results-oriented, and are guided daily by the belief in being courageously caring, disciplined entrepreneurs and making decisive decisions.


As the company has become independent for the second time in its 100-year history, it is emerging stronger, smarter and more agile to create a brighter, safer future of clean.


Its global Head Office was recently moved and is now located in the Lakemont Business Park, near Charlotte, USA.


The European Head Quarters remain in Utrecht, The Netherlands, where the dominant part of the Regulatory, R&D and Innovation departments are located.


Next Chapter

Moving forward, with the investment of Bain Capital, Diversey is poised to transform itself and the industry to change the game in the way the cleaning industry creates value with digital solutions. Diversey is seizing exciting opportunities to become a knowledge-based company selling more predictive solutions based on the Internet of Clean™ platform, robotics, and sustainability innovations. The Internet of Clean™ gives Diversey a chance to radically transform the way the industry delivers value through cleaning, and is delivering huge benefits by improving food safety, preventing hospital acquired infections and other health related incidents. Diversey is very well positioned to lead the industry in this transformation and thus create significant career growth and wealth building opportunities for employees, and profits for investors and stakeholders.


Sustainability is in the DNA of Diversey. From the day the company was incorporated to today, it has been the commitment of Diversey to protecting the environment, the communities where it operates and the safety of people who use our products has been second-to-none. Guiding lights are the partnership with WWF in the Climate Savers Program, social responsibility programs such as Soap for Hope, Linens for Life, and the Hygieia Network, as well as anticipated adaptation to new regulations. Diversey has met or exceeded its own sustainability goals since records have kept. And more importantly, it applies its knowledge and dedication to help its customers around the world achieve their own sustainability goals.


In this dynamic and exceedingly demanding environment with a strong focus on sustainability, solid and robust regulatory and business driven processes are essential for the success of Diversey. In order to create a future proof regulatory department, Diversey is looking for a business driven Executive Director European Regulatory.




The Executive Director Regulatory Europe leads the European regulatory team for Diversey consisting of regulatory experts in European and global registration processes, product compliance and toxicology. The team also is responsible for the regulatory support for the lifecycle maintenance commercialization system.  The Executive Director Regulatory will be a member of the Global Regulatory Leadership team and will be the business partner of the President, Diversey Europe and President Global Food & Beverage. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated knowledgeable individual who has a proven track record in the regulatory landscape of chemical products. He/she will have a strategic mindset and is able to be strong in advocacy protecting and safeguarding Diversey’s interests for the future. He or she is able to advise and guide R&D and marketing on future innovations from a regulatory perspective. The candidate will be a strong leader with excellent skills for motivating people and guiding them towards success and will be able to optimize his team where necessary. The individual in this position will partner with other departments such as global and regional Marketing, R&D and Supply and will work closely with his Regulatory Peers in NAM, Europe (Exec Director Advocacy, Tools and Design) and APAC in order to design the global regulatory strategy.


The Director Regulatory reports to Vice President R&D Global Technical Service and Regulatory.


Main responsibilities

  • Leads European team of regulatory professionals (6 direct reports, including the Manager Registration Team). Hires, retains and develops people to create a high performing team.
  • Creates and executes successful strategies for ensuring compliant products both current and in the future
  • Partners with R&D and the business to establish strategy for and to execute BPR (Biocidal Product Registrations) for critical actives.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of relevant science and regulation, monitors new scientific findings and proposed changes in regulations, identifies potential impact on the company and suggests actions to minimize risk and ensure timely compliance.
  • As part of the global regulatory leadership team, collaborates to establish consistent global policies, processes and practices.
  • Business partner for President, EMEA Professional and President Food & Beverage. Ensures the business is informed of regulatory trends and risks and ensures regulatory delivers to business priorities.
  • Establishes and develops contacts with relevant European authorities and opinion leaders and consultants.


Personal profile




  • MS/PhD Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Toxicology or related field required.
  • 10+ years of experience in a corporate regulatory environment with at least 5 years of experience leading teams.
  • Working knowledge of product registration and compliance requirements for antimicrobial pesticide, medical devices, OTC drugs, food safety and cosmetic regulations in Europe.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% (domestic and international) to facilitate frequent contact with business, regulatory and Toxicology peers within Diversey as well as in other companies, government agencies and industry groups


Specific Skills


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills facilitating the preparation of technical presentations to customers, regulatory authorities and scientific bodies as well as internal communication at all levels of the company on matters of expertise.
  • Strong team, leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding people management skills, is able to motivate, challenge and recruit high potential regulatory individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to set aggressive goals and timetables to execute those goals.
  • Is a strategic thinker designing processes that will enable the company to develop a competitive edge in the future.
  • Track record in successful registration processes, providing competitive edge for the companies he or she worked for.
  • Experience in regulations such as BPR (preferably Disinfectants), Cosmetics or Cleaning products


Desirable experience:

  • Experience in the cleaning business




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