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BASF Announces Board Appointment, Reshuffling

Monday, January 11, 2021

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Chemical company BASF announced shifts in responsibilities as well as changes to its Board of Directors at the end of last year, appointing Melanie Maas-Brunner as a member and Chief Technology Officer effective Feb. 1.

Maas-Brunner has been with BASF since 1997 and has headed the Nutrition & Health division since 2017.

She will take over the position from Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, and will assumed the responsibility for three research divisions including Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Bioscience Research and Process Research & Chemical Engineering, as well as BASF New Business.

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Chemical company BASF announced shifts in responsibilities as well as changes to its Board of Directors at the end of last year, appointing Melanie Maas-Brunner (pictured) as a member and Chief Technology Officer effective Feb. 1.

“With Melanie Maas-Brunner, we have appointed a very experienced chemist and strong leader to the Board. During her career at BASF to date, she has successfully set up business areas for the future—with global responsibility as well as in the Asia region,” said Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE.

Her seat at the board is being left by Wayne T. Smith, whose official exit is slated for May 1. Smith has been with BASF for 16 years and has been a member of the Board since 2012. He is currently responsible for the divisions Monomers, Performance Materials, Petrochemicals, Intermediates, Process Research & Chemical Engineering and North America.

Michael Heinz will take over Smith’s responsibilities in North America after a transition period on June 1, and retain his responsibilities for South America. Maas-Brunner will additionally take over the tasks in the divisions European Site & Verbund Management, Global Engineering Services and Corporate Environmental Protection, Health & Safety as well as the role of the Industrial Relations Director from Heinz on the same date.

Other responsibility shifts will take effect June 1, including:

  • Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Ressort I, responsible for Corporate Legal, Compliance, Tax & Insurance; Corporate Development; Corporate Communications & Government Relations; Corporate Human Resources; Corporate Investor Relations;
  • Hans-Ulrich Engel, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Ressort II, responsible for Corporate Finance; Corporate Audit; Global Business Services; Global Digital Services; Global Procurement;
  • Maas-Brunner, Industrial Relations Director and Chief Technology Officer, Ressort III, responsible for European Site & Verbund Management; Global Engineering Services; Corporate Environmental Protection, Health & Safety; Advanced Materials & Systems Research; Bioscience Research; Process Research & Chemical Engineering; BASF New Business;
  • Saori Dubourg, Ressort IV, responsible for Agricultural Solutions; Nutrition & Health; Care Chemicals; Region Europe;
  • Heinz, Ressort V, located in Florham Park, New Jersey, responsible for Monomers; Performance Materials; Petrochemicals; Intermediates; Region North America; Region South America; and
  • Markus Kamieth, Ressort VI, located in Hongkong, responsible for Dispersions & Pigments; Catalysts; Coatings; Performance Chemicals; Region Greater China; Region South & East Asia, ASEAN & ANZ; Mega Projects Asia.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; BASF; Business matters; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; Personnel; Personnel changes; Z-Continents

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