Wacker Silicones Names New President


Wacker Silicones, a global manufacturer whose products are used in construction, paints and coatings, and several other sectors, named Dr. Robert Gnann as its new president, the company announced Monday (April 4).

Gnann succeeds Dr. Christian Hartel, who was appointed to the Wacker Group’s executive board in early November. Hartel joined Wacker in 2003 and served as head of Wacker Silicones since 2012.

Gnann’s post became effective April 1.

Experience and Leadership

Gnann comes to Wacker from Momentive Performance Materials, where he headed the Cologne-based chemical company’s elastomer and European activities.                            

He began his career in the U.S. at GE Silicones, then worked for Bayer and Lanxess in Canada and Germany, where he held managerial positions in production and technology.

Starting in 2008, Gnann was responsible for Momentive’s elastomers business unit; in 2010, he also took charge of the company’s European activities.

Gnann holds a doctorate in inorganic and polymer chemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating chemistry; Coating Materials; Coatings; Coatings Technology; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Industry News; Latin America; North America; Paint; Personnel; Personnel changes; Silicone; Wacker Chemie AG

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