BASF: New team as of 2008
Several changes will take place at chemical company
BASF. Next to changes in the Board of Directors the company transforms from
a German entity into an European company.
In its meeting of July 6, 2007, the supervisory board of BASF
Aktiengesellschaft, in Ludwigshafen, Germany has appointed two new members to
the Board of Executive Directors: Dr. Harald Schwager (47) and Dr. Wolfgang
Büchele (48). The contracts of two current members of the Board of Executive
Directors – Dr. Kurt Bock (49) and Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer (52) – were extended
until the Annual Meeting in 2012.
As a result of these changes, the Board
of Executive Directors has decided to reassign responsibilities within the
Following the transformation of the German BASF Aktiengesellschaft
into a European Company, Societas Europaea (BASF SE), these changes will be made
stepwise until the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2008.
Effective August 1,
2007, the Board of Executive Directors (BED) has appointed Chief Financial
Officer Dr. Kurt Bock as Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation in the United
States in addition to his current duties.
The new appointments to the
Board were necessary due to the retirement of three current members.
Voscherau (64), BED member since 1996 and its Vice Chairman as well as BASF's
Industrial Relations Director, will retire following the Annual Meeting on April
24, 2008. Harald Schwager will succeed Voscherau. He is a chemist and has been
Verbund Site Manager Ludwigshafen since February 2006.
- Peter Oakley (54),
member of BED since 1998 and responsible for Agricultural Products &
Nutrition, Specialty Chemicals Research and BASF Plant Science, will leave the
company at his own request to pursue a new business opportunity following the
transformation of BASF Aktiengesellschaft into BASF SE.
- Klaus Peter Löbbe (61), BED member since 2002 and
responsible for North America and the Catalysts division as well as being
Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey, will retire
from BASF for health reasons, effective July 31, 2007. Chief Financial Officer
Kurt Bock will assume Löbbe's US-based responsibilities in addition to his
With the new appointments, the number of members of the
Board of Executive Directors will be reduced from nine to eight. The
responsibilities on the Board will be organized as follows and will be effective
at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on April 24, 2008:
- Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht:
Chairman of the Board of Executive DirectorsDr.
- Harald Schwager: Human
Resources; Verbund Site Management Europe; Engineering; Environment, Safety
- Dr. Kurt Bock: Chief Financial Officer; North America; Catalysts;
Finance; Information Services
- Dr. Martin Brudermüller: Plastics; Asia Pacific
- Dr. Wolfgang Büchele: Oil & Gas; Europe; Global Procurement & Logistics
- Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer: Research Executive Director; Chemicals; Chemicals
Research & Engineering
- Dr. Stefan Marcinowski: Agricultural Products &
Nutrition; South America; Specialty Chemicals Research
- Dr. John Feldmann: Performance Products; Polymer
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