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BASF announces management assignments in North America

Published on 2006-04-04. Author : SpecialChem

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., -- BASF announced a series of leadership appointments for several of its North American business units, effective May 1, 2006.

Cenan Ozmeral, Group Vice President of BASF's Petrochemicals, Plasticizers and Solvents business in North America, has been named Group Vice President of the company's North American Functional Polymers business based in Charlotte, N.C. Peter L. Cella, Chief Executive Officer, Nitriles Business, INEOS Group Limited, Chicago, Ill., will join BASF on April 17, 2006 and will succeed Ozmeral as Group Vice President, Petrochemicals, Plasticizers and Solvents, effective May 1.

Jay N. Baker, Group Vice President of BASF's Engineering Plastics business in North America, has been named Group Vice President for the company's North American Coatings Solutions business based in Southfield, Mich. Michael Anthony Britt, Director, Sales, of BASF's Asia Pacific Engineering Plastics business, based in Singapore, will join BASF Corporation in North America, and will succeed Baker as Group Vice President, Engineering Plastics located in Wyandotte, Mich.

Ozmeral began his career with BASF in 1979 as a research and development chemist in Wyandotte, Mich., and has held a variety of technical, manufacturing, marketing and business management positions during his 27 years with BASF. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Robert College, in Istanbul, Turkey, a master's degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in business administration from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Louisiana State University, New Orleans (University of New Orleans).

Prior to his current position, Cella served as Senior Vice President, Business Support and External Affairs, for Innovene, the petrochemicals and refining business sold by BP plc., to INEOS in December 2005. Previous positions with BP and Amoco Chemicals included roles in strategy, sales and marketing, business management, manufacturing and business development. The first phase of Cella's 25-year career included planning and financial analysis positions in the oil and gas industry. Cella received a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois, and a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Baker joined BASF in 1989, and served in various managerial positions in sales and marketing for the company's coatings business. In 1994, he was named Global Account Director, General Motors, with responsibility for sales and marketing of automotive OEM coatings to GM's assembly plants worldwide. Baker was appointed Group Vice President, Engineering Plastics, in 2003, and was responsible for the integration of the Honeywell, Ticona and LATI USA Inc. acquisitions. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Baker holds a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Phoenix.

Britt began his career with BASF in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985, after earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne. Following several years in production and technical service in Melbourne, Britt served in a two-year product development assignment at BASF's headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Britt returned to Australia in 1992, as Business Group Manager, Expandable Polystyrene and Polyurethanes. Following a three-year global marketing assignment in Ludwigshafen, Britt was named Business Director for BASF's Plastics business in Australia and New Zealand in 1999. He was appointed to his current position of Director, Sales, of BASF's Asia Pacific Engineering Plastics business, in 2003.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs about 10,000 people in North America and had sales of approximately $11.3 billion in 2005.

As the world's leading chemical company, BASF's portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. BASF's intelligent system solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2005, BASF had approximately 81,000 employees and posted sales of more than $50.4 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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