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 career 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.

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.

Vera Huang

Vice President, Global Procurement and North Asia 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 a key account manager. After the acquisition of the Ciba Textile Division by Huntsman in 2008, Vera transferred to the 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 company ever since. In September 2012 she was appointed Global Procurement Director and in December 2014 she was also named the General Manager, Greater China. She was appointed the Vice President, North Asia Region in April 2017.

In her leisure time, she enjoys playing with her little cute son.

Philip Tan

Vice President, Group Finance
DyStar Group

Philip graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of professional experience in financial management, treasury, funding, tax, M&A, and IPO. He is experienced in both strategic and operational management, including streamlining processes and driving improvements in supply chain and manufacturing efficiency.

Philip started his career as an external auditor and helmed senior financial positions in electronic manufacturing, apparel manufacturing, offshore marine and shipbuilding prior to joining DyStar in May 2017.

Philip is married with two daughters and enjoys running in his free time. He is an active community leader who volunteers in various organizations. He was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2006.