Verschelde was most recently chairman and CEO of Adisseo, the animal nutrition business bought from Aventis, which was acquired by ChemChina in January 2006 from funds advised by CVC.
Before this he spent over 25 years working for a number of industrial corporates, including Suez Group where he was COO of the Water Division, ONDEO, and CEO of Lyonnaise des Eaux, now ONDEO Services, part of SUEZ Environnement. Patrick was also the founding Chairman of Ondeo Industrial Solutions (OIS), provider of Total Water Management Services to the Industry. Before Suez, Patrick spent two decades at Air Liquide Group, mainly in North America, where he latterly headed the US and Canadian divisions. He was also a member of the group executive committee.