Wacker Unveils New Corporate Appointment

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

Munich-based chemical manufacturer Wacker Group recently declared that the head of Wacker’s Corporate Research Department Christoph Kowitz will be taking charge of the Group’s U.S. subsidiary Wacker Chemical Corporation (WCC) at the beginning of May.

According to the company’s release, Kowitz will succeed David Wilhoit, who has been responsible for Wacker’s North and Central American business since 2015 and is now retiring.

Kowitz has reportedly held several management positions in his career. After receiving a doctorate in organic chemistry and polymer chemistry, he began his professional career as a product developer at BASF AG in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 1996.

Then, beginning in 1997, Kowitz worked for several years as a management consultant for McKinsey in Asia and Europe.

After holding multiple positions in management for the chemical industry, including Germany-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Cognis, Kowitz moved to Wacker in 2013, where he led the Performance Silicones unit in the Wacker Silicones division.

Since 2018, he has been Head of Corporate Research and Development and in charge of innovation management within the Group.

“I’m looking forward to my new job in the U.S. The U.S. is and will remain one of WACKER’s most important markets. With our products from all business divisions, we are ideally positioned to support the climate-neutral transformation of U.S. industry with innovative solutions,” said Kowitz.

“The U.S. government is driving this development forward with several investment programs. My aim is to make the best possible use of these opportunities for our growth.”

Kowitz, while working as a senior manager for Wacker Silicones, has reportedly been in close contact with silicone production and application technology at WCC sites in Adrian and Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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