BASF Coatings Appoints Global Business Unit Leaders

BASF Coatings Appoints Global Business Unit Leaders

Patrick Zheng Yu Zhao, Chris Titmarsh and Frank Naber will head the new global units, effective August 1, 2023.

The Coatings Division of BASF announced it will implement global units for its Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions and Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions businesses. With the new organizational setup, BASF says it can better serve its global customers who increasingly ask for global support and services.

Effective August 1, 2023, the following executives will assume leadership positions for the global units:

Patrick Zheng Yu Zhao will take charge of the new Global Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions business unit, based in Hong Kong. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President at Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific. Zhao started his career at BASF in 1999 within the Polyurethane business and held various positions across different divisions.

Chris Titmarsh will assume responsibility for the new Global Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions business unit, located in Münster, Germany. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions EMEA, based in Germany.

Frank Naber will assume responsibility for the Global Surface Treatment business unit, which operates under the Chemetall brand, in Frankfurt, Germany. In this position, he succeeds Christophe Cazabeau who will prepare for a new assignment.

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