Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner to be­come new CEO of Bren­ntag AG

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The Su­per­vi­sory Board of Bren­ntag AG ap­pointed Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner as the com­pany's next CEO and Mem­ber of the Man­age­ment Board ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 1st, 2020. Over the last two decades, Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner has held var­i­ous man­age­ment po­si­tions in lead­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. He joins from Clari­ant In­ter­na­tional Ltd. where he was Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner will suc­ceed the cur­rent CEO, Steven Hol­land, who will leave the com­pany at the same time.

Ste­fan Zuschke, Chair­man of the Su­per­vi­sory Board of Bren­ntag AG, com­mented on the ap­point­ment: “With Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner we have been able to place as our new CEO an in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­pe­ri­enced busi­ness leader with a proven track record. He has demon­strated im­pres­sively that he can lead and de­velop ma­jor busi­ness divi­sions and com­pa­nies suc­cess­fully. It will be his mis­sion to lead Bren­ntag to sus­tain­able growth and ex­pand the mar­ket lead­er­ship fur­ther. It will also be about break­ing new ground while at the same time preserving the core of the suc­cess­ful busi­ness model.”

The fu­ture CEO, Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner, com­mented on his ap­point­ment: “I am look­ing for­ward to my new role at Bren­ntag and the op­por­tu­nity of work­ing with my col­leagues on the Man­age­ment Board and the whole Bren­ntag team. Bren­ntag is a very healthy com­pany which is ideally po­si­tioned in the chem­i­cal value chain.”

The ap­point­ment of Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner also marks the end of Steven Hol­land's al­most 14 years ten­ure with Bren­ntag, more than 8 years as its CEO. Ste­fan Zuschke: “The Su­per­vi­sory Board would like to thank Steven Hol­land. Steven's vi­sion and lead­er­ship have driven the com­pany's growth and suc­cess in a dy­namic and chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment. We sin­cerely thank Steven for his con­tri­bu­tions and for de­vel­op­ing the com­pany into the lead­ing po­si­tion that Bren­ntag holds in the mar­ket to­day. The Su­per­vi­sory Board wishes him all the best for the fu­ture.”

Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner ( 55) has more than 20 years of man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence in an in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment. The Ph. D. chemist be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer at Hoechst, where he held var­i­ous po­si­tions in Ger­many and the USA. Af­ter­wards he moved to Ce­lanese, where he worked amongst oth­ers as Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor and as Vice Pres­i­dent for In­no­va­tions. Be­tween 2003 and 2009, Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner worked for Chemis­che Fabrik Bu­den­heim, where his last po­si­tion was CEO. In 2009, Chris­tian Kohlpaint­ner joined Clari­ant in Switzer­land, where he had been a mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee since then. Most re­cently he was based in China and amongst oth­ers re­spon­si­ble for the growthori­ented busi­ness ar­eas of Clari­ant and the whole re­gion Asia.

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