Ottmar Schmidt is a Subject Matter Expert with Asset Performance Networks, reporting to the company’s office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ottmar is an expert in operational excellence and organizational & process optimization with more than 30 years of hands-on experience in the chemical and glass industries. He has held numerous senior operational leadership roles spanning general management, technical management, production management, and plant management.
Before joining AP-Networks, Ottmar worked as Plant Manager for Guardian Industries in Germany, where he significantly improved safety performance, implemented an operator-focused organization model, and developed a long-term vision and deployment strategy aimed at ensuring short- and mid-term value creation. Prior to this role, Ottmar served as VP of Operations for KOCH Ag & Energy Solutions, where he was accountable for four nitrogen fertilizer plants based in the U.S. and Canada. His leadership led to the development of best practices for reliability and turnaround management, a re-focus on cost competitiveness, a cross-plant commitment to operations excellence, and the development and deployment of a process safety improvement strategy that led to a significant reduction in incidents.
Ottmar spent 16 years as a part of INVISTA. As Managing Director and Business Turnaround Manager, he successfully led the development and execution of a strategic, major restructuring project affecting 50 percent of the location´s production footprint, leading to a successful recovery. As General Manager for the company’s polymer and resins business, Ottmar built a management team of operations and commercial leaders to drive efficiency throughout Europe in a highly competitive market. As Managing Director and Plant Manager, he delivered world-class reliability performance, implemented meaningful KPIs and root cause analytics, and drove turnaround excellence, energy management, and service contract optimization.
Ottmar holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg.