Mississauga, Ontario -- BASF has made Laurent Tainturier president of BASF Canada, with effect from 1 March 2009. Tainturier, who has held several positions in BASF's European polyurethanes operations, becomes responsible for all businesses in Canada -- Crop Protection, Chemicals, Plastics and Performance Products. He will also play a key role in continuing BASF's commitment to Responsible Care and its initiatives, said a BASF statement.
Tainturier "brings his broad business knowledge, marketing experience and diverse leadership skills to the Canadian operations," commented Fried Münstermann, executive vice president and cfo of BASF Corp., in a 17 March company announcement.
Before this appointment, Tainturier worked at Elastogran, the European subsidiary of BASF Polyurethanes, in sales and business management for Polyurethanes Specialties in France; general management of BASF in Turkey, and business management for polyurethane insulation products for Europe-Middle East-Africa at Elastogran's headquarters in Lemförde, Germany.
BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has manufacturing and sales sites across Canada operated by nearly 500 employees. Facilities are located in Blackie, and Nisku, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brampton, Cornwall, Toronto and Windsor, Ontario; and St Leonard and Montreal, Quebec.