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Our sub-regional leadership team provides focus for BASF in Australia and New Zealand. They provide the organisation with a vision, direction and collaborative framework that brings the diverse business and functional units together in one high-performing organisation.  

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David has been Chairman and Managing Director of BASF Australia and New Zealand since July 2016.

Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Functions for Australia and New Zealand. This role included the subregional management of Finance, Tax, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Procurement, Real Estate and Information Management, as well as the country management operations of New Zealand.

David joined BASF in 1999 to run the Information Technology platform and its broadening to include Supply Chain. In 2004, he was appointed Director of the Service Platform and the directorships of BASF’s Australian companies in 2005.

Prior to BASF, David held a number of roles in a world-leading Australian subsidiary of a UK glass manufacturing business, including manufacturing management, strategy, business re-engineering, systems design and implementation.

David is a graduate of Monash University with bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science (Applied Mathematics). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

David is the Chair of Chemistry Australia, member of the Australian Industry Group and CEO Forum, Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and a Male Champion of Change.

He is married and has three children.