The Board of Directors of Clariant International Ltd. appointed Dr. Hariolf Kottmann as its new CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2008. He replaces Jan Secher, who plans to pursue new activities outside of Clariant.
“Jan Secher has laid the foundation for the new direction of the group,” said Dr. Juerg Witmer, chairman of the board of Clariant. “The Board of Directors expresses its thanks and recognition for the major achievements in the restructuring of Clariant under his leadership.
“Dr. Hariolf Kottmann has broad leadership experience in the specialty chemicals industry and an outstanding track record in successfully improving the performance of existing businesses as well as building up new business opportunities,” Dr. Witmer added. “Our objective is to substantially improve the performance of the Clariant group and to leverage Clariant’s potential on the basis of a cohesive business portfolio, a global re
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