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Margret Suckale and Michael Heinz named to the Board of Executive Directors of BASF


Ludwigshafen , Germany – The Supervisory Board of BASF SE has announced the following changes to the Board of Executive Directors:

Effective at the end of the Annual Meeting on May 6, 2011, Margret Suckale and Michael Heinz will be newly named to the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. Suckale will become Industrial Relations Director and head of Ressort II, and Heinz will take over as head of Ressort IV.

Effective at the same time, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel will become Chief Financial Officer and will be responsible for Ressort III. He will be located in the United States. Dr. Harald Schwager will succeed Engel as head of Ressort V.

As previously announced, Dr. Kurt Bock will succeed Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht as Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors. Hambrecht and Dr. John Feldmann, member of the Board, are retiring at the end of the Annual Meeting in 2011.

The new responsibilities on BASF’s board will take effect at the end of the Annual Meeting on May 6, 2011:

Dr. Kurt Bock (52), Chairman, Ressort I

Legal, Taxes & Insurance, Strategic Planning & Controlling, Communications & Government Relations, Executive Management & Development, Investor Relations, Compliance

Margret Suckale (54), Industrial Relations Director, Ressort II

Human Resources, Environment, Health & Safety, Verbund Site Management Europe, Engineering & Maintenance

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel (51), Chief Financial Officer, Ressort III located in North America

Finance, Catalysts, Information Services, Corporate Controlling, Corporate Audit, Market & Business Development North America, Regional Functions North America

Michael Heinz (46), Ressort IV

Dispersions & Pigments, Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health, Paper Chemicals, Performance Chemicals, Polymer Research

Dr. Harald Schwager (50), Ressort V

Oil & Gas, Europe, Construction Chemicals, Global Procurement & Logistics

Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer (55), Research Executive Director, Ressort VI

Inorganics, Petrochemicals, Intermediates, Chemicals Research & Engineering, BASF Future Business

Dr. Stefan Marcinowski (57), Ressort VII

Crop Protection, Coatings, South America, Specialty Chemicals Research, BASF Plant Science

Dr. Martin Brudermüller (49), Vice Chairman, Ressort VIII located in Asia

Performance Polymers, Polyurethanes, Styrolution, Market & Business Development Asia Pacific, Regional Functions & Country Management Asia Pacific

About BASF

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 creates chemistry to help 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 €50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105 ,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


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