Albert von Hebel has succeeded Gerd Büscher as managing director of BYK-Chemie GmbH. In his new role, he is responsible for the areas of finance, controlling, purchasing, IT, integrated management systems and general administration. von Hebel is 49 years of age and was born in Papenburg, Emsland in Lower Saxony. After studying business economics in Münster, he worked for roughly eight years at an auditing and tax advisory company in Düsseldorf. During this time, he successfully completed his tax consultant state examination. In the 20 years following, he was employed in a variety of roles in commercial departments of the companies within the Altana Group. In 1996 he moved to BYK-Chemie GmbH in Wesel. For the last four years, von Hebel has been head of finance and controlling of Altana AG. Büscher is retiring in May after 20 years’ service with the company.