He will also be taking on the function of Corporate Accounts Manager with wider global responsibilities to expand the business with multinationals with leather manufacturing facilities that have a global footprint.

Paul Ockerse comes to Zenith with a unique, diversified experience within the leather industry supply chain, which includes raw materials, specialty chemicals, finished leathers to automotive cut-parts and luxury goods. He has a proven strong operational background having worked with highly reputable tanning groups and specialty chemical providers who are leaders in their fields.

He will be liaising with large consumer brands within the footwear, luxury leather goods and automotive industries who are large leather users in the consumer products that they make, as well as actively participating in key leather associations and NGO’s.

Paul Ockerse has a Leather Technology degree from the German Tanning Institute (LGR) at Reutlingen, Germany and a Tanners Master Craftsman Diploma.

He will initially be based in Dongguan, China.