David Hawkins has been appointed as the new Australia and New Zealand Chairman and Managing Director for BASF. Currently Head of Corporate Functions, BASF Australia and New Zealand, David will assume the new role effective July 1, 2006. He succeeds Ross Pilling, who will retire after eight years in the role and 17 years with BASF.
David brings nearly 25 years of professional experience in manufacturing management, strategy, business re-engineering, systems design and implementation. He joined BASF in 1999 and has held several senior executive positions across Finance, Tax, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Procurement, Real Estate and Information Management.
David is a graduate of Monash University with bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science (Applied Mathematics). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.
The European Union said Monday that it has approved Agrofert Group’s acquisition of Borealis AG’s nitrogen business after concluding that the deal wouldn’t raise competition concerns. Agrofert is a Czech conglomerate, while Austrian chemical and fertilizer company Borealis is 75%-owned by OMV AG with the remaining 25% held by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.
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