Paul S. Allen

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Paul Stephen Allen (born 19 November 1951) is a British business executive, formerly president of Cognis.[1]

Paul Allen
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Born (1951-11-19) 19 November 1951 (age 68)
Sheffield, England
ResidenceCincinnati, Ohio, United States
Alma materUniversity of Bath
Free University of Berlin
London Institute of Purchasing and Supply
TitlePresident, Cognis
Spouse(s)Susan Allen (1978–present)

Early lifeEdit

Allen was born in Sheffield, England.[citation needed] His father Ronald Allen was a steel worker and former RAF firefighter, his mother Betty Allen a dental assistant.[citation needed] He has one sister, Jane Hardwick who lives in nearby Rotherham.[citation needed] Allen studied German and Spanish at the University of Bath, Freie Universität in Berlin, and the London Institute of Purchasing and Supply.[citation needed]


Allen went on to become business manager of Diamond Shamrock Process Chemicals and was required to move to Fontainebleau, France in 1985.[citation needed] When Diamond Shamrock was purchased by Henkel, Allen assumed a position as head of Henkel Canada after moving to Hamilton, Ontario in 1988.[citation needed] In 1991 Allen moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, United States and continued to work for Henkel (later Cognis). Allen became head of Nutrition and Health in 2002 until his appointment as head of Functional Products. Allen retired from Cognis on 31 December 2010 following its acquisition by BASF. Allen was President of Cognis USA since 2004, as well as Executive Vice President of Cognis' Strategic Business Unit: Functional Products since January 2006.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Allen is fluent in English, French, and German.[citation needed] He lives in Indian Hill.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)