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.
Lin will become the company’s Chief Transformation and Talent Officer. She will be responsible for Human Resources, Strategy and Business Consulting and drive the accelerated transformation of Bayer.
Johnson Matthey plc (JM; London) has confirmed that its battery cathode materials plant in Konin, Poland, will be powered solely by electricity from renewable sources from day one of production.
Britain’s Oxford University has received a donation of £100 million (112 million euros, $136 million) to research growing resistance to antibiotics, the university announced on Tuesday. The sum, from British chemicals multinational Ineos, is one of the largest donations given to Oxford University in its long history.