Bayer MaterialScience with New Identity
From September 1, 2015 Bayer MaterialScience is operating under the Covestro name. The company is now legally and economically independent, but will remain a 100 percent subsidiary of Bayer AG. Bayer wants to float Covestro on the stock market by mid-2016 at the latest in order to concentrate exclusively on the life sciences businesses.
“Independence will enable us to bring our strengths to bear in global competition more quickly, effectively and flexibly,” said Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas. With 2014 sales of EUR 11.7 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries.
Covestro is managed by a four-member board of management. Patrick Thomas (57) is Chairman of the Board of Management of Covestro. He has been CEO of Bayer MaterialScience since 2007. Frank H. Lutz (46), who joined Bayer MaterialScience in October 2014, will remain Chief Financial Officer of Covestro. Moreover, he will assume the function of Labor Director from Michael Bernhardt (48), who will leave the Board of Management to head an expanded Human Resources function for Covestro.
Newly appointed to the Covestro Board of Management are Dr. Klaus Schäfer (52) and Dr. Markus Steilemann (45). Schäfer will hold Board responsibility for Industrial Operations (Chief Industrial Operations Officer) covering production and technology. Steilemann will initially be the Board member responsible for Innovation and, until December 31, 2015, will also retain his function as Head of the Polycarbonates Business Unit. From January 1, 2016, he will additionally assume Board responsibility for the Polyurethanes Business Unit. Dr. Joachim Wolff, who is currently responsible for the Polyurethanes Business Unit, will retire on December 31, 2015. Daniel Meyer, the present Head of Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties, will remain responsible for this business unit's operations. The new Head of the Polycarbonates Business Unit will be announced at a later date.
Covestro Deutschland AG
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