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BASF: Bill Sparks

August 10, 2005

BASF: Bill Sparks has been named
business manager for BASF’s functional
polymers business serving the
architectural coatings market in
North America. Based in Charlotte,
NC, Mr. Sparks joined BASF in 1997
as product manager. He was most
recently business development and
key account manager for BASF’s
paper chemical business unit.
Gary Podesta has been named group
vice president, performance chemical,
with responsibility for regional business
unit operations in North
America. Prior to this appointment,
Mr. Podesta spent 20 years with
General Electric Co. He succeeds
Michael Stumpp, who has become
group vice president, performance
chemicals for the printing industry
global business unit and manager
director of BASF Druksystem GmbH,
a position based in Germany.

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