Kline Strengthens European Presence with the Opening of Oxford Office and Expansion in Brussels
-- Fred du Plessis Appointed Senior Vice President of Kline Europe --
LITTLE FALLS, NJ, December 06, 2007 – Worldwide consulting and research firm www.KlineGroup.com today announced the opening of a new European headquarters office in Oxford, UK. Chemical industry veteran, Fred du Plessis, who joined Kline earlier this year, will serve as Senior Vice President of Kline Europe and will direct Kline’s management consulting activities in that region. He will concentrate on expanding Kline’s services to European clients, particularly in the chemical and petrochemical industries.
The new office at the Magdalen Centre in Oxford Science Park, Oxford, represents the firm’s strategy to commit more business consulting resources to clients with operations located in Europe. At the same time, Kline’s office in Brussels has been moved to a more expansive facility on the Avenue de Tervuren.
“Our ongoing investment in talent and infrastructure to support our European clients has never been so strong,” said Kline chairman and CEO Joe Tarantola. “The addition of Fred to our executive team instantly enhances the company’s global platform, and our capabilities in conducting high-end consulting engagements focused on helping our clients excel. He will be a valuable resource to our clients in assessing opportunities and strategies for growth. Fred also provides key leadership to our growing international chemical and petrochemical consulting practice.”
Du Plessis has extensive leadership and consulting experience. His involvement in more than 100 international strategy projects throughout 40 countries has helped businesses in site selection and development, marketing, product development, and bulk liquid supply chain strategies. He is also president of the European Chemical Marketing and Strategy Association (ECMSA), a position he has held since 2002, and currently treasurer of the European Chemical Site Promotion Platform (ECSPP). Du Plessis comes to Kline with more than 25 years of global business and consulting experience, including more than 16 years at the Sasol Group.
“I can clearly see the unique value proposition that Kline now brings to its clients through the combination of industry expertise, global reach, and management consulting capabilities, and I am pleased to begin a new chapter in my career at this exciting time in the company’s evolution.” said du Plessis.
Kline is a worldwide consulting and research firm dedicated to providing the kind of insight and knowledge that helps companies find a clear path to success. The firm has served the management consulting and market research needs of organizations in the chemicals, materials, energy, life sciences, and consumer products industries for nearly 50 years. For more information, visit www.KlineGroup.com.