Senior Management

Eric Hopmann

Chief Executive Officer
Head of Global Sales & Marketing
DyStar Group

Eric was appointed the group CEO in November 2014.

He started his carreer with an apprenticeship at Hoechst AG between 1980 and 1982 and returned in 1988 being in charge of the Dyes Business for North Africa countries. In 1990, he was relocated to Hoechst Indonesia as Business Manager, Dyes, and two years later in 1992 he became the Department Manager, Dyes and Fibers in Hoechst Taiwan.

He has been with DyStar since the foundation in 1995 when he was appointed Managing Director of DyStar Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2000 he moved to Hong Kong as Head of China. From 2003 until 2010 he was the General Manager of DyStar China in Shanghai. After that he returned to Europe and became the Head of Europe.

Eric is married and has three children.

Victor Leendertz

Chief Financial Officer/ Vice President, Group Finance
DyStar Group

Mr Viktor Leendertz received his diploma in International Business Administration from International Business School (ACCADIS), Bad Homburg, Germany and BSBA from East Corolina University, NC, USA. In 2009, Viktor became the Group CFO after 13 years of experience in different positions in the DyStar Group.

Viktor’s early DyStar years were at DyStar Germany as head of the division controlling for textile dyes. In 2001 he relocated to the Regional HQ in Singapore where he became the Regional CFO and Head of Business Services Asia Pacific

Viktor is married with two sons. In his free time, he likes travelling with his family, sports, and loves to cook for friends and family.


Vera Huang

Vice President, Global Procurement/ Vice President, Greater China Region
DyStar Group

Ms. Vera Huang received her Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration at the Electronic University of Shanghai.

Vera’s career started in 2004 at Ciba as key account manager. After the acquisition of the Ciba Textile Division by Huntsman in 2008, Vera transferred to a procurement function as global purchasing category manager. In early 2010, Vera joined the Henkel Group and was working in APAC as regional purchasing Manager.

She joined DyStar in September 2011 and has been developing with the new DyStar Company. In September 2012 she was appointed Global Procurement Director and since December 2014 she also acts as General Manager, Greater China.

As she recently was “promoted” to mother, Vera’s new challenge is “work life integration”. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing with her little cute son.

Gerald Talhoff

Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain
DyStar Group

Gerald holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He started his career with Bayer in Germany before transferring to DyStar in 1995.

During more than 20 years of experience in chemical engineering and operations management, Gerald has held several management positions within DyStar Group while based in Germany, China and Singapore. His current responsibilities include DyStar’s global manufacturing footprint, supply chain management and corporate sustainability.

He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Singapore. When time allows, Gerald loves to do outdoor sports and traveling.

Kevin Tan

Vice President, Global Human Resources and Global Quality & Compliance Management
DyStar Group

Kevin Tan (Master of Business Administration-Executive Management Degree from University of La Verne, USA-California; Bachelor of Science Degree from National University of Singapore), a seasoned Global Human Resource Practitioner with over 32 years of experience in both manufacturing & servicing industries.

He started his career at Keppel Offshore & Marine-FELS in 1982 and was subsequently holding Senior Human Resource positions in various Multi-National Companies prior to joining DyStar Group in 2014. His current responsibilities include global human resources, global quality & compliance management and global information technology for DyStar Group.

Kevin is married with two sons and he enjoys gardening, brisk walking, reading and playing table tennis at his leisure.