US – BASF Corp, the North American affiliate of German chemical giant BASF SE, has appointed Michael Heinz as the new chairman and chief executive officer.
Michael who assumed the role on June 1 is a veteran of BASF having worked at the chemical giant for over 40 years.
According to a statement from the company, Heinz has spent over a decade in leadership positions in the US.
He has previously led BASF’s activities in Mexico and Ecuador and was in charge of the firm’s Crop Protection division.
Heinz also oversaw the integration of two major acquisitions, Ciba AG and Cognis GmbH and has been a member of BASF SE’s Board of Executive Directors since.
He will continue to serve on the board, where he will remain responsible for BASF’s global Chemicals and Materials business segments and the South America region.
“I am eager to take over responsibility for one of BASF’s major markets and to further develop our strong presence in the North American region,” said Heinz.
“Given my experience with BASF in the United States, I am honored by this appointment as it allows me to lead an outstanding team and, at the same time, return to a country that feels like a second home to me.”
Earlier, BASF Corporation announced that expand its Oconee County operations at 554 Engelhard Drive in Seneca.
“As we expand our capacity to recycle and refine spent catalysts, BASF Corporation in Seneca is proud to further invest in South Carolina and in the Oconee area,” said BASF Corporation Site Director Elba Lizardi.
“We offer among the highest starting pay in the area and we look forward to hiring new members to our BASF team.”
According to a statement from the company, the expansion is expected to be completed by mid-2022 and create 50 new jobs.
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