Effective October 1st, Rajah Jayendran, formerly Head of Operations Europe/CIS/Turkey, succeeded Gerd Schubert in RHI Magnesita’s Executive Management Team as Chief Operations Officer (COO). Gerd Schubert has retired after 30 years of engagement on behalf of the company.
Born in 1969, Rajah Jayendran is a German national who holds an engineering degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Mr Jayendran began his career in 1995 as a Senior Project Manager at multinational conglomerate Thyssen-Krupp Uhde GmbH. In 1999 he moved to Bayer MaterialScience AG, where he last held the position of Senior Vice President Site Operations in Shanghai/China. This was followed, in 2009, by a two-year stint as Executive Vice President Strategy and Business Development at ChemChina-Bluestar Group Co in Beijing/China.
In 2011, Mr Jayendran assumed the position of Senior Vice President Strategic Projects at Lonza AG, a Swiss multi-national chemicals and biotechnology company, before moving on, in 2013, to Linde Gas Asia in Singapore as Senior Vice President Commercialization. From 2014-2016 he joined the Stora Enso Group Co., a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packing, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, as Senior Vice President MD China Investments & Operations. This was followed by a role with the Linde Group in Munich as Senior Vice President Performance Management in 2016-2017. Since 2018, Mr Jayendran has been a key team member at RHI Magnesita, the global leader and driving force of the refractory industry, holding the position of Senior Vice President Operations Europe/CIS/Turkey.