Michael Zobel to Head Lanxess Subsidiary Saltigo

  • Michael Zobel will take over the management of Lanxess subsidiary Saltigo from Torsten Derr. Source: LanxessMichael Zobel will take over the management of Lanxess subsidiary Saltigo from Torsten Derr. Source: Lanxess

Michael Zobel (50), currently head of the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit, will take over the management of Lanxess subsidiary Saltigo from Torsten Derr (50) on June 1, 2020. Saltigo is one of the leading suppliers in the field of custom manufacturing for customers in the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals industries. Torsten Derr will leave Lanxess on June 30, 2020, to take up the position of chairman of the board of management of SGL Carbon.

“Torsten Derr has had a very successful time at Lanxess and has achieved a great deal, particularly at Saltigo in recent years. I would like to thank him for his work and wish him all the best for his new task. I congratulate him very much on his new position,” said Lanxess CEO Matthias Zachert. Derr has headed Saltigo since April 2016 and previously held various positions at Bayer and Lanxess since 1998.

“We are delighted to have won Michael Zobel, an experienced manager from our own ranks, to head Saltigo. Over the past 10 years, he has strategically realigned our high-tech plastics business and made it fit for the future. I wish him every success in his new role,” said Zachert.

Michael Zobel studied chemistry at the universities of Munich and Münster. He began his professional career at Bayer in 1997. Following the spin-off of Lanxess, Zobel initially took over the global management of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit in 2005. Since 2014, Zobel has also been a member of the steering board of PlasticsEurope in Brussels and chairman of PlasticsEurope Germany.

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