our
team

PYRATEX® was born with the mission to replace synthetic, functional textiles with natural and more responsible options.

 

Today, our international team works its magic from our Madrid-based HQ.

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REGINA POLANCO

 

Founder & CEO

Regina leads our team, setting the strategic path we follow towards thriving more each day. She has travelled and lived in many countries, a love for travel which she shares with many of her Millennial generation. This led to the creation of PYRATEX® in Switzerland in 2014 as an answer to their challenges and ideals.

A Law graduate, she started developing PYRATEX® fabrics by collaborating with different European textile institutes. For example, during her participation at the Fashion Fusion incubator program, powered by Deutsche Telekom and Adidas, as well as Look Forward by Showroomprivé.

This experience allows her to legally protect the PYRATEX® technology and understand the consumer’s desire to take care of their health and to consume in a conscious manner.

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JOHANNA NUEZ

Business Development

Johanna supports our Business Development in France and Spain following her Master’s in Financial Management, and MBA at UADE.

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MERY DÍEZ HERBOSA

 

Head of R&D and Production

Mery is in charge of our Production and R&D. She has studied a BSc in Business Management & Marketing, an MBA Business Expert Program and a Masters in International Management and Marketing of Luxury Products.

 

Having previously occupied positions in product management, buying and production for different B2C brands with a special focus on sustainability, Mery now manages our production team as well as R&D projects.

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CHLOÉ MAUDUIT

R&D

Chloé is a textile engineer from Roubaix’s prestigious ENSAIT University. She has previous experience in fashion and textile laboratories, and supports our PYRATEX® R&D team in researching our fabrics’ biological origins, R&D projects and tests. 

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MONICA ZALDUMBIDE

PR & Communication

Monica is specialised in sustainable fashion brands’ PR, business development and communications. She now carries out PYRATEX®’s communication and strong relationships with our stakeholders, supporting our clients in their communication of the PYRATEX® ingredient.

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MICHELLE CHERUBIN

Business Development

With experience in customer service, employee development, operations and supply chain management, Michelle graduated from a Master's in Management from IE Business School. She now contributes to our growth, developing new strategies and supporting our clients.

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MARIA CERECEDO

 

Business Development

A fashion design and MBA graduate, Maria is based in North America and carries out our business development in the US market.

 

Aside from being trilingual in English, Spanish and French, she has worked at fashion brands in London and Paris, allowing her to gain valuable experience in design, product development and relationships with our clients.

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SOFIE STABELL- JOHANSEN

Production Planner

Sofie joined our team after graduating from a Bachelor Degree in Retail Management with a specialisation in Supply chain Management, and a Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management & Logistics. She supports us managing our productions and relationships with our fiber suppliers, yarn suppliers, and mills, ensuring we can maintain a fully controlled traceability of our entire production chain.

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PILAR TEJADA LÓPEZ

 

Head of Brand & Communication

Through her creative vision, Pilar is at the core of the PYRATEX® brand identity. She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish, has lived in various countries, as well as worked for fashion brands in design, production, business development and communication positions.

Her BA in Fashion Design and participation at ASICS' Tenkan Ten program have contributed to her now managing our communication, PR, marketing and content creation. Most importantly, she supports our clients in  their communication of the PYRATEX® ingredient, and ensures the PYRATEX® identity is maintained throughout our activities.

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IETJE KLAVER

Head of Operations

As our Head of Operations, Ietje organises and oversees our daily operations, ensuring our company is well coordinated.


Her extensive experience in the fashion industry at B2C companies such as Chanel or Ecoalf allow her to efficiently manage our procedures and coach our team to remain cohesive and connected throughout our growth. She embodies the PYRATEX® identity through her deep knowledge of textiles and sourcing at fashion brands, as well as international background: she has lived in Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, San Francisco, London, and now Madrid.

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ALBA MURILLO

Showroom & Operations

Alba first joined PYRATEX® in 2018 during her BA in Fashion Design internship. After graduating, and experience working in Sales for a number of fashion brands, she is back, and carries out our logistics. 

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BORIS TÖNIS

Product Lead

Specialised in Management & Organisation, Boris has a creative mindset which allows him to support PYRATEX® in a number of new Product and Business development projects.

CHLOÉ MIHIC
 
Social media & Content Specialist


Chloé is a fashion journalist with previous experience in copywriting and content creation for Condé Nast's fashion magazines, including Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour, as well as creative content for Conde Nast College courses. 

Having contributed at Ecolover.life and worked as Content Creator at Totem Fashion Paris allows her to now take care of our social media, external communication and general brand content. 

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SIMONE AVANTAGGIATO

Administration & Operations

A finance graduate, Simone studied a Masters degree in Micro-finance and financial inclusion, and previous experience in operations departments in a number of companies, has prepared Simone for his current position at PYRATEX® where he takes care of our Administration and Operations.

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ANDREA GUERRERO​

Garment development

A fashion designer and Fashion Management & Production MBA graduate, Andrea's work has always been focused around product development and creative direction, in companies such as Pantone or Cuidado con el Perro. She now supports our clients in their garment developments.

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CANDIDA LUCIA PETITTI 

Office managament & logistics 

Candida studied fashion production, and has extensive experience in logistics. Being trilingual in english, italian and spanish, and her previous experience, enable her to now manage our office and logistics, making sure our day to day runs smoothly.

ADVISORS

Sebastien Lefebvre investor

SÉBASTIEN LEFEBVRE

 

CEO at Growth Drivers Ltd. Entrepreneurship coach, entrepreneur, advisor, investor

As a serial entrepreneur and a clear example of a successful founder who sold his company, Sébastien is a growth strategy expert, and the perfect advisor for a rising company such as PYRATEX®, where he supports the alignment of our business strategy and the development of our capacity to deliver results against cross-functional strategies with product, marketing, business development, research & analytics, and operations.

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HIROAKI KAGEYAMA

President of ASICS Ventures Corporation and Head of Global Business Development at ASICS Corporation 

Leader of ASICS’ business development team and founder of the ASICS Corporate venturing subsidiary which invested in PYRATEX® on our first investment round, Mr. Kageyama has enriched our company due to his outstandingly remarkable experience in the banking and retail industry.

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FELIPE CARRASCO

Expert Economist in European Funds 

A profound knowledge of the spanish textile industry, where he has occupied a number of positions throughout his career, such as Secretary General of the Spanish Intertextile Council, makes Felipe an important asset for PYRATEX®, as he now works with SMEs, start-ups and hi-tech companies in developing projects to improve their activities in areas such as innovation management, financial development strategy, search for financing for innovative projects, dynamization of teams to generate creativity, and the development of innovative projects.

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JAAP ZANDBERGEN 

Coach and Mentor at Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) 

Jaap became our advisor following our win of phase 1 of Horizon2020. He is an International Managing Director experienced in sustainability, marketing, innovation & product development, lean & change management, and sales in B2B & B2C markets.

His broad hands on knowledge of general management, coaching teams, keeping of budgets and alignment of strategies & targets makes him an ideal advisor for PYRATEX®.

AWARDS

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03/2021

EIBT is awarded by ANCES (the national association of CEEIs) that recognises innovative technology-based companies

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06/2020

Semifinalist of the EmprendedorXXI award, organised by CaixaBank 

Horizon2020 European Union contest

07/2019

Winner of phase 1 of the European Union's Horizon2020 grant for innovative textile companies

ASICS startup accelerator Tenkan Ten

09/2018

Collaboration & Tenkan Ten program participation

Premio Emprendedoras

07/2018

"Categoría Empresa" nominees

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06/2017

Winner of the Look Forward Fashion Tech Start-up contest

European Business Awards National Winner

07/2019

National Winner in the 2019 European Business Awards

M-ODE Amsterdam fashion round table

06/2018

Invited as a sustainable innovation expert 

Fashion Fusion Deutsche Telekom and Adidas contest startup incubator

01/2017

Finalist of 4-month long program in Berlin

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06/2021

Finalist of the EmprendedorXXI award, organised by CaixaBank