BASF: New Head of Automotive Refinish Europe Business Unit
On January 1, 2010, Harald Pflanzl became the head of BASF Coatings’ Automotive Refinish Europe business unit, Münster, Germany. He succeeds Christoph Hansen, who now heads the Dispersions for Adhesives and Constructions Europe unit in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Pflanzl studied metallurgy at the University of Leoben, Austria; and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. In October 2000, he was appointed Managing Director of what is now BASF Performance Products in Krieglach, Austria. From 2002 to the end of 2009, he was responsible for the admixture business in Northern Europe. In this position, he was responsible for around 30 countries with 13 production sites.
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