Louis Vovelle

Senior Vice President Innovation and R&D

Louis Vovelle has been the SVP of Innovation and R&D of Elkem since 2015.

Louis Vovelle has worked both in corporate and divisional functions internationally. He has held the post as R&D Director for Elkem Silicones International (2007-2010), after which he was appointed Vice President for Innovation and Strategy of Elkem Silicones International (2010-2015). Mr. Vovelle holds an Engineer diploma in Chemistry from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (1983), a PhD in Physics from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (1987), and has participated in the General Management Programme at CEDEP-INSEAD in France (1998-1999).

In the course of his 20 years of experience as R&D director and Vice President in international companies (Rhône-Poulenc, Rhodia, Bluestar), he has developed a sustainable innovation and R&D vision for developing new products and new processes. During the last 8 years at Bluestar Silicones International and Elkem, an extensive R&D collaborative network has been created supported by Open Innovation with international universities, high schools and clusters in chemistry and materials.