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BASF appoints Blair Coatings head in North America

Published on 2003-10-07. Author : SpecialChem

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 3, 2003 - BASF appointed Rainer Michael Blair as Group Vice President, Coatings, for the company in North America, effective November 1, 2003.

Currently Head of the Automotive OEM Coatings unit for BASF Coatings in Muenster, Germany, Blair will relocate to BASF's coatings research and administrative complex in Southfield, Mich. He will be responsible for BASF's Coatings business in North America and have global responsibility for the business's Automotive OEM Coatings unit.

Blair succeeds Martin Laudenbach, who was appointed President of BASF's Fine Chemicals Global Business Unit, effective December 1, 2003. Laudenbach will relocate to BASF's global headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Blair joined BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, in 1990 as Product and Marketing Manager, Industrial Chemicals division. In 1995, he joined BASF Corporation in the United States as Marketing Manager, Acrylic Monomers. From January 1998 to June 2001, Blair was in charge of BASF Argentina S.A., and was also responsible for the plastics and chemicals business units of BASF Group in South America. He then transferred to Muenster, Germany, to assume his current position.

Blair holds an M.B.A. degree from Boston University and also served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Blair was raised in the United States and Germany. He is married and has three children.

Succeeding Blair is Dr. Gerold Mahr, effective October 1, 2003. Mahr is currently Director, BASF Coatings de México S.A. de C.V., based at the company's coatings manufacturing site in Tultitlán, Mexico. Peter Alexander Fischer will succeed Mahr, effective November 1, 2003. Fischer joined BASF Coatings in 1988 and held management positions in manufacturing at the company's sites in Cologne and Wuerzburg, Germany. From 1994 to 2000, he worked at BASF Shanghai Coatings in China as Managing Director, and then relocated to Tultitlán as Director, Operations and Site Manager. Educated in Germany, Fischer is married and has one child.

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BASF is the world's leading chemical company, offering its customers a range of high-performance products, including chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. Its distinctive approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is its strength. It enables BASF to achieve cost leadership and gives the company a competitive advantage. BASF conducts its business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2002, BASF had sales of $34 billion and more than 89,000 employees worldwide. BASF Corporation is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. In North America, 2002 sales were approximately $8.2 billion and the company employs approximately 12,000 people. For more information or to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

Source: BASF Corp.

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