As of August 1, 2023, BASF’s Coatings division will establish global units for its Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions and Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions businesses. This organizational change aims to better serve global customers who require comprehensive support and services.
Patrick Zheng Yu Zhao will lead the new Global Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions unit, based in Hong Kong. Previously, he held the position of SVP at Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific. Chris Titmarsh will be responsible for the new Global Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions unit, situated in Münster, Germany. He previously served as SVP for Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions EMEA.
Additionally, Frank Naber will assume responsibility for the Global Surface Treatment business unit operating under the Chemetall brand in Frankfurt, Germany. He succeeds Christophe Cazabeau, who will prepare for a new assignment. Naber previously held the position of SVP at Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions EMEA.
These appointments signify BASF’s commitment to enhancing its coatings division and meeting the evolving needs of the automotive industry.