Karim Hajjar joined Solvay S.A. as CFO and member of the executive committee in September 2013. Prior to that, he had a varied career that started in 1984 at Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants in London, where he became a partner in 1993, specializing in SMEs across numerous industries and in corporate distress.
He moved to Royal Dutch/Shell in 1995 and undertook a number of roles in the UK, Sultanate of Oman and Singapore, where his last role was deputy global CFO of Shell Chemicals.
Karim subsequently joined Tarmac Group (a division of Anglo American Plc) as group CFO before being appointed as group managing director in 2009. He then briefly took the role of director of finance and planning at Imperial Tobacco Group Plc in 2011 before joining Solvay in 2013 to contribute to its transformation.
Karim is a dual British-Lebanese national, an economics graduate from the City University in London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is married and has four children.