Kurt Bock takes over as BASF SE chairman

Juergen Hambrecht retires

Dr Kurt Bock (right) succeeds Juergen Hambrecht (left) as chairman of BASF SE

Dr Kurt Bock became chairman of BASF SE at the recent Annual General Meeting, succeeding Dr Juergen Hambrecht, who has been chairman since 2003 and is now retiring.

Bock started his career at BASF in the finance department in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 1985.

From 1992 until 1997 he worked for Robert Bosch in Stuttgart, Germany and Brazil. In 1998, he returned to BASF as chief financial officer of the firm’s North American subsidiary and in 2000 moved to president of Logistics & Information Services for BASF in Ludwigshafen.

Bock joined BASF's executive board as chief financial officer in 2003 and since 2007 he was chairman and chief executive of BASF Corporation based in New Jersey, US.

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