Dr. Christian Fischer, 53, is to assume responsibility as Chief Executive Officer of Gerresheimer.
He succeeds Uwe Röhrhoff, 55, who left the company on August 31, 2017.
Dr Fischer joined the Management Board as a regular member on August 1, 2017, having previously been President Performance Chemicals at BASF in Ludwigshafen, where he spent 24 years.
Dr. Axel Herberg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gerresheimer, said: “The Supervisory Board would like to thank Uwe Röhrhoff for the outstanding work he has done for Gerresheimer.
“In his 26 years at Gerresheimer, including seven as CEO, he played a key role in determining the company’s strategic focus as well as in securing major acquisitions, reshaping the corporate portfolio, and delivering operational projects. In other words, he has been instrumental in the success that Gerresheimer currently enjoys.
“We have found an exceptional successor in Christian Fischer, who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and brings many years of industry experience. Together with him we are looking forward to continue driving Gerresheimer’s future success.”
Dr. Fischer joined BASF in 1993. Having started his career as a laboratory team leader, he went on to be Deputy Division Manager, Global Marketing Director, and Sales Director in different plastic divisions.
As Group Vice President, Fine Chemicals Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong from 2004 to 2008, he was responsible for the production and marketing of products for the pharma, cosmetics, aroma, animal, and human nutrition industries.
Between 2008 and 2014, he was as President responsible for BASF’s global materials and systems research. As President Performance Chemicals from 2015 to March 2017, he held overall responsibility for plastic additives, fuel and lubricant additives as well as chemicals for the mining, oilfield, water, paper, and leather industry.
Dr. Fischer holds a diploma degree in Chemistry (University of Regensburg) and a PhD in the same subject. He also has a degree in Business Administration (VWA Mannheim). He was appointed honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2014.