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2015-06-28

New Country Representative For LANXESS South Africa

Johannesburg - Effective July 1, 2015, Ben Marais, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) South Africa, will resume his new responsibility as LANXESS South Africa Country Representative and Managing Director for LANXESS (Pty) Ltd, in addition to his current role of CFO, following Dr Karl-Rudolf Gassen.


Marais, a qualified South African Chartered Accountant, completed his articles with international accounting firm Deloitte. Over the years he gained extensive experience at executive level with several South African listed entities, particularly in the mining, construction, manufacturing and engineering industries.


In 2004 he joined LANXESS as CFO of the South African operations. In 2006 he participated in the first LANXESS acquisition when the company purchased the externally held shareholding in LANXESS CISA (Pty) Ltd from its joint venture partner, Dow Chemicals.


Marais was also actively involved in establishing the Black Economic Empowerment shareholding structure in the South African mining operation, LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd, as well as the successful transfer of mining rights from the previous owner of the mine.


Gassen, who joined LANXESS South Africa as Country Representative and Managing Director for LANXESS (Pty) Ltd. in January 2011 after spending seven years in Argentina as the CEO for LANXESS in the South American country, will return to Germany at the end of June 2015.


“I would like to thank Dr Karl-Rudolf Gassen and Ben Marais for their outstanding work in the past years and wish them success in their new tasks”, said Rainier van Roessel, member of the LANXESS Board of Management and Labour Relations Director.

LANXESS in South Africa
Specialty chemicals group LANXESS is one of the world’s biggest supplier of chrome ore for the chemical industry and a leading producer of chrome chemicals. In South Africa LANXESS is the only company to handle the entire value chain from the chrome ore to the leather tanning materials.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.0 billion in 2014 and about 16,300 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and DJSI Europe) and FTSE4Good.

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