BASF Catalysts Leadership Appointments Announced
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Press release date: January 7, 2010
* Rui-Artur Goerck named Group Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts
* Dr. Hans-Peter Neumann named Group Vice President, Process Catalysts and Technologies
ISELIN, NJ, January 7, 2010 - BASF has named two veteran company leaders to head key business units within its global Catalysts division.
Rui-Artur Goerck has been appointed Group Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts; and Dr. Hans-Peter Neumann has been appointed Group Vice President, Process Catalysts and Technologies. These appointments are effective immediately.
Goerck joined BASF in 1985 and has held a number of product management and marketing leadership roles in Germany, the United States and Brazil. He most recently served as Group Vice President, Coatings Solutions, South America, BASF S.A., Sao Paulo, Brazil. Prior to that, he headed the team responsible for integrating the South American operations of Cyanamid into BASF.
Goerck holds a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and Marketing from Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo.
Neumann has been with BASF for 20 years and has served in leadership roles in research and development, production and business management. He was most recently Group Vice President, Acids & Specialty Intermediates, BASF Europe. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, BASF Antwerpen N.V./Plant Operations, Engineering & Infrastructure.
Neumann earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.
"We are delighted to have seasoned veterans such as Rui and Hans join the BASF Catalysts team," said Wayne T. Smith, President, BASF Catalysts. "These leaders bring a broad range of industry experience and expertise that will help us accelerate our performance and solidify our standing as the global leader in catalysis."
Both Neumann and Goerck are based at BASF Catalysts' global headquarters facility in Iselin.
About BASF's Catalysts division
BASF's Catalysts division is the world's leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF Catalysts develops unique, proprietary catalyst and adsorbent solutions that drive customer success.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than 62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
For more information contact:
Joseph M. Jones
BASF Catalysts LLC
Tel: (732) 205-5557