Dr. Friedrich Wirsing (49) will be appointed to BASF's Supervisory Board effective May 1, 2007. Wirsing, who was elected as a substitute member of the Supervisory Board by employees, will succeed Supervisory Board member Dr. Karlheinz Messmer (62), who will retire from BASF and the Supervisory Board as of April 30, 2007.
Wirsing is a plant manager and the deputy chairman of the Committee of Executive Representatives of BASF Aktiengesellschaft. Messmer, also a plant manager at the Ludwigshafen site, is chairman of the Committee of Executive Representatives.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful.
BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future.
BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion in 2006. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF) and Zurich (AN).