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Our Management
Thomas Schneider
Thomas Schneider

Executive Chairman

Thomas Schneider, the founder of ISA TanTec, is now the Executive Chairman of the group. With a background in Tanning Engineering and Science, he dedicated his career to the leather industry. He founded ISA TanTec in 1993, and initiated the LITE manufacturing concept in 2003.

 

Outside of the company, Tom is the Co-Chairman of the Ecological Development Union International. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of Leather Working Group, as well as the Chairman of Foreign Tanners of China. He has been dedicated to charitable work, and a loud voice for social responsibility, and environmental protection.

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Uwe Hutzler
Uwe Hutzler

Chief Executive Officer

Uwe Hutzler is Chief Executive Officer of ISA TanTec Group. He joined the company in 2011 as our CFO. Uwe brought, at that time, more than 10 years of financial and management experience to ISA TanTec.

 

During his 8 years tenure at ISA TanTec, he has not only managed the corporate direction and strategy of the group, but he has created a strong footprint in all other areas, such as sales, marketing, compliance, and procurement.

 

His leadership at ISA has led to strong company revenue growth, and it’s now positioned us for the future.

 

Uwe is a graduate of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Business Administration, and has worked previously at two German multinational groups in different positions in Germany, China and other Asian countries.

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Kenneth Yu
Kenneth Yu

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth Yu is our Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all of ISA TanTec’s financial controls, compliance, administration, human resources, IT, local affairs and local purchasing operations. Kenneth holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting. He started his career as a Certified Public Accountant, and worked for companies like Inchcape Pacific, Price Waterhouse Management Consulting, Asia Pacific Breweries and public companies such as Hutchison. He has expertise operating in different regions and locations including China, Hong Kong, Macau, US Guam, UK, and India.

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Tiago Horn
Tiago Horn

Chief Operating Officer

Tiago Horn joined ISA TanTec in February 1998 as a trainee. Following his graduation in Leather Technology, he commenced his career in our Research & Development department that was focused on the footwear industry.

 

He then led the automotive leather division of ISA TanTec and was the first employee deployed to Vietnam in 2007 to set up Saigon TanTec. Tiago was involved from the start, and this included the initial soil analysis. He then was able to build this facility into a state-of-the-art tannery making 6 million square feet per month.

 

Tiago’s initial training and work in China, then followed by Vietnam, granted him the experience of building, training and working together with a multicultural team. In his latest assignment as Chief Operating Officer Asia, since 2016, Tiago now leads the capacity ramp up in Asia. This includes our latest project and second facility in Vietnam, TransAsia TanTec.

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Jens Kaufhold
Jens Kaufhold

Chief Financial Officer (Vietnam & USA)

Jens Kaufhold is supporting ISA TanTec Group as Chief Financial Officer of our Vietnamese and U.S. operations. He has been working with our group since March 2012 after graduating from the Nuremberg Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in business economy. In 2018, he obtained the accreditation as Certified Management Accountant.

 

Jens started his career with our group as an intern in China, when transferring the company from Guangzhou to Heshan and worked his way up to support the management team in the recent years. He left his footprint in our Mississippi operation as change manager, driving the entity to profit in a lean set up. His current challenge is the establishment of our latest facility in Vietnam together with Tiago Horn.

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Ronda de Bie
Ronda de Bie

Senior Vice President of Sales

Ronda de Bie, Senior Vice President of Sales, is responsible for all of our global sales and marketing activities, including Product Management. Prior to joining ISA TanTec, Ronda held various other positions in the leather industry, including Sales Manager at Tyche Leather and Sales and Product Development Manager at Shanghai Richina. Ronda began her career in the tanning business in 1994 as a Customer Service Representative at Pfister & Vogel Leather in Milwaukee, US.

 

Ronda started at ISA TanTec in 2012 as Sales Director US and Product Manager.

Ronda’s creativity in Line Building, anticipating seasonal and long term trends did not just change ISA’s product range itself, but also customer perception of ISA in the marketplace. No longer considered only a “Men’s Outdoor Leather” tannery, ISA now offers a more complete product range with various looks.

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Keith Hill
Keith Hill

Vice President of Business Development

Keith Hill joined ISA Tan Tec in December 2013 and is Vice President of Business Development. Keith was Senior Vice President Sales for the group for 6 years before transitioning into his current position September 2019. Prior to joining ISA TanTec, Keith has held other senior positions in the leather industry including Chief Operating Officer of Simona Tanning, and President of Shanghai Richina Shoe Leather Division.

 

Keith first encountered the tanning industry when he was 8 years old at SB Foot Tanning in Red Wing, Minnesota in the 1960’s where his father worked in sales management. Traveling with his father in his teenage years to customers and trade shoes sparked a passionate interest in the leather business.

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