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Stefan Beckmann, PhD, has been appointed to head of BASF SE's care chemicals and formulators Europe. He succeeds Friedrich Seitz, PhD, who is now head of the company's competence center chemicals research and engineering.
Beckmann obtained his doctorate in organic chemistry at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet in Muenster, Germany. He then spent a postdoctorate period at the University of California in Berkeley, Calif., USA, before joining BASF in 1992 as part of the colorants laboratory.
From 1997 to 1999, Beckmann was deputy plant manager in the company's dispersions and pigments division. After that, he was delegated to BASF petronas chemicals in Malaysia for four years as general manager. Another delegation followed in July 2003, this time to BASF YPC chemicals in China, where he was responsible for marketing and sales. In January 2006, Beckmann returned to Ludwigshafen as part of global procurement of raw materials.