Francois Minec is Global Head of Polymers at HP’s Personalization and 3D Printing Business. In this role he is responsible for leading the polymer teams and the development of the portfolio.

Francois has over 22 years’ experience in business development of specialty chemicals and plastics. Prior to his current role at HP, Francois spent 10 years as the CEO of VELOX, a European distribution company for speciality plastics and chemicals. He was also the founder of Advanc3D Materials and was shareholder and President of Setup Performance, which specialised in developing and producing innovative 3D printing materials. Both companies were acquired by BASF in 2018 and Francois spent 3 years as CEO of BASF Forward AM, highlighting a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry.

Francois holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering as well as an M.Sc. in Polymer Science. He also holds an Executive MBA awarded from ESCP Europe. He has lived all over the world in France, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. He is a keen sportsman and is passionate about skiing, snowboarding, sailing and kitesurfing.