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Cognis: Henkel

August 9, 2005

● Cognis: This specialty chemicals company,
sold at the end of last year by
Henkel, has created a new management
board. The new board is comprised
of three officers. Antonio Trius,
formerly executive vice president, care
chemicals at Cognis and chief coordinator
for the North American region,
is the new CEO. Joachim Söhngen
remains chief financial officer, in
charge of finance, accounting, tax,
supply chain, purchasing and IT. The
third member of the management
board is Helmut Heymann, who will
serve as chief administration officer,
responsible for human resources, corporate
development, corporate communications
and legal affairs.
Outgoing CEO, Harald Wulff, will be
joining the supervisory board. Michael
Schulenburg will continue to direct
German business operations as the
general manager, but will additionally
be responsible in the executive committee
for east and north Europe. Further
key positions have been assumed by
Alfred Meffert as head of worldwide
manufacturing and Klaus Künstler as
head of research and technology.
The functional products business unit,
which supports manufacturers of paints
and coatings and develops synthetic
lubricants and performance monomers,
will be headed by Guido Willems.

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