Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF SE has announced a number of changes to its Board of Executive Directors, including the appointment of two new members: Margret Suckale and Michael Heinz. The appointments come into effect at the end of the firm's annual meeting on 6 May, 2011,
Suckale will become industrial relations director and head of Ressort II, while Heinz will take over as head of Ressort IV.
Effective at the same time, Dr Hans-Ulrich Engel will become chief financial officer and will be responsible for Ressort III. He will be located in the United States. Dr Harald Schwager will succeed Engel as head of Ressort V.
As previously announced, Dr Kurt Bock will succeed Dr Jürgen Hambrecht as chairman of the board of executive directors. Hambrecht and Dr John Feldmann, member of the Board, are retiring at the end of the Annual Meeting in 2011.
Dr Martin Brudermüller (49), vice chairman, remains responsible for Ressort VIII, covering the firm's polyurethanes business as well as other polymers and its activities in Asia Pacific.
The new responsibilities on BASF's board, with effect from 6 May 2011, are as follows:
Dr Kurt Bock (52), chairman, Ressort I
Legal, taxes & insurance, strategic planning & controlling, communications & government relations, executive management & development, investor relations, compliance
Margret Suckale (54), industrial relations director, Ressort II
Human resources, environment, health & safety, verbund site management Europe, engineering & maintenance
Dr Hans-Ulrich Engel (51), chief financial officer, Ressort III located in North America
Finance, catalysts, information services, corporate controlling, corporate audit, market & business development North America, regional functions North America
Michael Heinz (46), Ressort IV
Dispersions & pigments, care chemicals, nutrition & health, paper chemicals, performance chemicals, polymer research
Dr Harald Schwager (50), Ressort V
Oil & gas, Europe, construction chemicals, global procurement & logistics
Dr Andreas Kreimeyer (55), research executive director, Ressort VI
Inorganics, petrochemicals, intermediates, chemicals research & engineering, BASF future business
Dr Stefan Marcinowski (57), Ressort VII
Crop protection, coatings, South America, specialty chemicals research, BASF plant science
Dr Martin Brudermüller (49), vice chairman, Ressort VIII located in Asia
Performance polymers, polyurethanes, styrolution, market & business development Asia Pacific, regional functions & country management Asia Pacific."