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John Sewell, new secretary general of Chemical Recycling Europe.
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Chemical Recycling Europe names new leader

John Sewell is new secretary general of Brussels-based organization.

October 20, 2021

The Brussels-based Chemical Recycling Europe (CRE) industry association has appointed John Sewell as its new secretary general.

Sewell brings to the position nearly 30 years of experience in the plastics industry, according to CRE. He replaces Mohammad Hayatifar who has led the association for the last two and a half years.

“I am grateful to Mohammad for the foundation he—together with the CRE members—has laid, and his support during this handover,” says Sewell. “I am honored to take on this role with Chemical Recycling Europe.”

Continues the new secretary general, “My career being in the plastics industry, I clearly recognize the value of plastics. The challenges presented by the leakage of plastic to the environment and the need to reduce carbon footprint are also clear. Chemical recycling is an essential part of the solution moving forward and the ongoing deployment of chemical recycling technologies is essential for Europe to reach the recycling targets set for 2025, 2030 and beyond. I am committed to doing my best to help the chemical recycling sector reach its full potential.”

Remarks Carlos Monreal, CEO of London-based Plastic Energy and president of CRE, “Thanks to Mo for his leadership over these past 2.5 years. It has been a great journey. I am looking forward to working with John as well as Chemical Recycling Europe continues to promote the value and importance of the technologies to achieve the targets ahead of us.”