Udo Benesch

Board Member

Udo Benesch is a board member of Materials Design, Inc.

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Udo Benesch
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Udo is a well-know expert of Europe’s chemical and petrochemical industry. He is the managing director and proprietor of LuerChem LLC, a strategic partner for industry majors as BP Chemicals, INEOS, Momentive, CABB and others with focus is on Eastern Europe and MENA. Udo is also the founder, CEO and majority shareholder of Magnavam S.A., a company formed to pursue and advise on acquisitions, carve outs, possible ventures in the chemical & plastics industry.

Prior to establishing LuerChem LLC, he worked for 30 years with Union Carbide/Dow, and rose to the rank of business director petrochemicals and director venture development for Europe and MENA.

Udo happened to be born in Germany, but (by heart and charm) is a native of Vienna (Austria) where he spent his childhood and schooling years. He read chemistry at the University of Technology, Vienna, and at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, while working (in parallel) at South African Oil Mills, Randfontein.

Udo has one son in Oxford, two sons and a grandson in Vienna, and lives with his wife Iris in Geneva (Switzerland). He loves reading, listening to classical and jazz music, contemporary art and the outdoors.

(Photograph by Helen Penet Putsman)