SpecialChem Management Team

Christophe Cabarry, Founder & CEO

Christophe Cabarry began his career with Elf Atochem (now Arkema), as Supply Chain Manager in a new compounding plant in Eastern Germany. Then he was in charge of defining and implementing the commercial and industrial strategy of Elf Atochem Vinyl Division in Central and Eastern Europe.


Two years before founding SpecialChem, Christophe was appointed to the department of strategic planning where he was in charge of competitive watch, the evaluation of investment opportunities as well as international M&A opportunities.


Christophe holds a Master Degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and an MBA from the ESC Toulouse Business School. 

Dr. Raphael Mestanza, Vice-President Plastics Technology, Chief Technical Advisor

With 13 years at SpecialChem supporting key chemicals and materials companies in their growth and Innovation, Raphael has acquired a good understanding of business development dynamics, innovation best practices and market trends.


Raphael is involved in almost all business development initiatives related to Bio-based chemicals and materials to design tailor-made innovation and new business development methodologies for Specialchem clients.


He has multiple working experiences in Technical and Sales management functions in companies such as Solvay, GE Plastics (Sabic IP) and Polytechs SA a medium size toll compounding companies. 


Raphael holds a Ph.D and an Engineering Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a Master Degree in Organic Chemistry.


Sébastien Gourdon, Open Innovation Services Director

Sébastien joined SpecialChem in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer and moved to Sales and Marketing responsibilities, first as Program Manager, then as Business Development Director in Cosmetics.

Sébastien designed the Open Innovation Services launched by SpecialChem. Today, as Director of SpecialChem’s OI Services, he is connecting brand owners and chemicals manufacturers with the largest network of chemicals and materials professionals in the world.  Sébastien supports clients scouting new technologies or seeking licensees for their technologies.

Sébastien holds a BA in Law from University of Versailles and graduated from Bordeaux Business School in France, and University of Hamburg in Germany. To find out more about Sébastien and network with him please go to http://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastiengourdon.

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