September 26 2019

Brenntag appoints Christian Kohlpaintner as new CEO

Experienced Chemical Industry Executive to head Global Market Leader in Distribution

Global chemical distributor Brenntag AG (Essen, Germany) announced  that its Supervisory Board has appointed Christian Kohlpaintner as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Member of the Management Board. The appointment is effective 01. January 2020. Kohlpaintner joins Brenntag from Clariant International Ltd., where he was a Member of the Executive Committee. He will succeed current CEO  Steve Holland, who will step down at the same time after an almost 14 year tenure with Brenntag. 

Christian Kohlpaintner (55) has more than 20 years of management experience in an international environment. A Ph.D. Chemist by training, began his professional career at Hoechst, where he held various positions in Germany and the USA. Later he moved to Celanese, where he worked amongst others as Marketing Director and as Vice President for Innovations. Between 2003 and 2009, he worked for Chemische Fabrik Budenheim, his last position being that of CEO. In 2009 he joined Clariant in Switzerland, as a member of the Executive Committee. “Most recently he was based in China and amongst others responsible for the growth-oriented business areas of Clariant and the whole region Asia”, Brenntag said in the announcement.

Source: Brenntag press release

HGE – DCG / 26.09.2019

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