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Supervisory Board

In accordance with the Statutes, the Supervisory Board of BASF SE comprises twelve members.

The term of office of the Supervisory Board commenced following the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 3, 2019, in which the shareholder representatives on the Supervisory Board were elected. In accordance with the applicable article of the Statutes as of the date of election, it terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting that resolves on the discharge of members of the Supervisory Board for the fourth complete business year after the term of office commenced; this is the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 25, 2024.

The Supervisory Board comprises the following members:

Members of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE

Dr. Kurt Bock

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE
Residence: Heidelberg, Germany | Nationality: German

Kurt Bock was born in Rahden, Eastern Westphalia, Germany in 1958. He studied business administration in Münster and Cologne and at Pennsylvania State University. In 1985, he earned his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Bonn. In the same year, he began his career at BASF in finance. From 2003 to 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer of BASF SE and, since 2007, additionally Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation in the United States. He was Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF from 2011 to 2018.

Bock has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since June 18, 2020, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Chairman
  • Fuchs Petrolub SE (listed company), Chairman
  • BMW (listed company), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:
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Managing partner, Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK)
Chairman of the supervisory board, Robert Bosch GmbH

Residence: Stuttgart, Germany | Nationality: German

Stefan Asenkerschbaumer was born in Burghausen, Germany, in 1956. He studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where he obtained degrees in business education in 1982 and in business administration in 1984 as well as his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) on the subject of operational innovation management in 1986. As of 2010 he was member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and from 2013 to 2021 he was deputy chairman of the board of management. Asenkerschbaumer has been managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK) and chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH since January 2022.

Asenkerschbaumer has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since April 29, 2022, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member
  • Robert Bosch GmbH (not publicly listed), Chairman

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell

Professor for Organic Chemistry at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
Place of residence: Munich, Germany | Nationality: German

Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell was born in Herford, Germany in 1966 and studied chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany. He received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1993. After postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge he obtained his habilitation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland in 1998. Carell has been a professor for organic chemistry at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany since 2004.

Carell has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since May 3, 2019, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprise:
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Senior Advisor Evercore Partners
Residence: Exeter, UK | Nationality: British

Dame Alison J. Carnwath was born in Derby, UK in 1953 and studied Economics and German at the University of Reading/UK and University of Munich/Germany. Since 2000, she has been Senior Advisor at Lexicon Partners Limited, later Evercore Partners.

Carnwath has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since May 2, 2014, and her mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

  • Zurich Insurance Group AG (listed company), independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Zürich Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG (subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group AG) (non-listed company), independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors
  • PACCAR Inc. (listed company), independent member of the Board of Directors
  • Coller Capital Ltd. (non-listed company), non-executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Broadwell Capital Limited (non-listed company), non-executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Euro Garages Limited (non-listed company), non-executive member of the Board of Directors

Liming Chen

World Economic Forum Greater China Chair
Residence: Beijing/China | Nationality: Singaporean

Liming Chen was born in 1960 in Xinjiang/China. He graduated from Shihezi University in Xinjiang in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science. In 1989, he obtained his master’s degree in food science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Between 1994 and 2008, Chen held various leadership roles at the chemical company Condea (since 2001: Sasol) in Singapore and China. From 2008 to 2015, he served as President of BP China and Chairman of BP (China) Holding Company. Chen was the Chairman of IBM Greater China Group, between 2015 and 2022. He now serves as the World Economic Forum Greater China Chair since July 2022, based in Beijing.

Chen has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since October 8, 2020, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

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Tatjana Diether

Member of the Works Council of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen Site and of the BASF Works Council Europe
Residence: Limburgerhof, Germany | Nationality: German

Tatjana Diether was born in Worms, Germany in 1975. She joined BASF Aktiengesellschaft (since January 14, 2008, BASF SE) as an apprentice for technical drawing in 1991. Following a vocational commercial training at a private business school, she was an instructor for vocational training at BASF.

Diether has been a member of the Works Council of BASF SE since 2003 and has been a full-time member of the Works Council since 2008. Diether was elected to the BASF Works Council Europe in 2017.

Diether has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since May 4, 2018, and her mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

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Chief Financial Officer of Leonardo SpA
Residence: Rome, Italy | Nationality: Italian

Alessandra Genco was born in Rome, Italy, in 1973. She obtained an MSc. in economics from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Between 1996 and 1999 Genco was a risk manager at Banca di Roma and from 2001 to 2006, she was vice president in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York City. In 2006, Genco started her career at Leonardo SpA where she was head of Investments and Portfolio Evaluation until 2014, then vice president Group Finance until 2017. Genco has been Chief Financial Officer of Leonardo SpA since 2017.

Genco has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since April 29, 2022, and her mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

  • Elettronica SpA (not publicly listed, controlling interest of Leonardo SpA)

Sinischa Horvat

Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE
Chairman of the Works Council of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen Site; and Chairman of BASF’s Joint Works Council and of the BASF Works Council Europe
Residence: Limburgerhof, Germany | Nationality: German

Sinischa Horvat was born in Pirmasens, Germany in 1976 and trained as a process control technician at BASF Aktiengesellschaft (since January 14, 2008 BASF SE) from 1993 to 1997.

After his studies of business administration, he worked in the site information management at the Ludwigshafen site from 2002 to 2007.

He joined the Works Council of BASF Aktiengesellschaft in 2002 and has been a full-time member of the Works Council at the Ludwigshafen site since 2007. Horvat joined the BASF Europa Betriebsrat (BASF Works Council Europe) in 2013.

Horvat has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since May 12, 2017, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Vice Chairman

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:
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Member of the Works Council of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen Site, and member of the BASF Works Council Europe
Residence: Großkarlbach, Germany | Nationality: German

André Matta was born in Altleiningen, Germany, in 1970. Between 1986 and 1990 he trained as a machinist and joined BASF in 1991 as a production employee. From 1995 to 1998, he retrained as a chemical technician. Matta joined the Works Council of BASF SE in 2005. He has been a full-time member of the Works Council since 2011 and a member of the BASF Works Council Europe since 2013. Furthermore, Matta exercises different functions within the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union (IG BCE): He chairs the district management of IG BCE in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and he is a member of the Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland branch, of the wage commission Rhineland-Palatinate and of the advisory commission.

Matta has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since April 29, 2022, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

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District Manager IG BCE, Düsseldorf District
Residence: Düsseldorf, Germany | Nationality: German

Natalie Mühlenfeld was born in Essen, Germany, in 1980. She concluded her studies of law at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, in 2009 with the Second State Examination in Law. She began her career at the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union (IG BCE) in 2010 as secretary for legal protection at the regional legal protection office in Bochum, Germany. Mühlenfeld was trade union secretary of the Leverkusen district from 2013 to 2020 before taking over the management of the Düsseldorf district in 2020.

Mühlenfeld has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since April 29, 2022.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member
  • 3M Deutschland GmbH (not publicly listed), Member
  • Axalta Coating Systems Germany GmbH & Co. KG (not publicly listed), Vice Chair

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

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Portrait Michael Vassiliadis

Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union
Residence: Hanover, Germany | Nationality: German

Michael Vassiliadis was born in Essen, Germany in 1964 and trained as a chemical lab technician at Bayer AG in Dormagen, Germany. In 1986, he began his full-time union work at IG CPK (since 1997 IG BCE). Since March 2004, he has been a member of the Managing Board of IG BCE. In October 2009, he was elected Chairman of IG BCE.

Vassiliadis has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since August 1, 2004, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member
  • Steag GmbH (not publicly listed), Member
  • RAG Aktiengesellschaft (not publicly listed), Vice chairman
  • Henkel AG & Co KGaA (listed company), Member
  • Vivawest GmbH (not publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:
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Peter Zaman

Deputy secretary of the works council of BASF Antwerpen N.V.
Residence: Antwerp, Belgium | Nationality: Belgian

Peter Zaman was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1968. He trained as an automotive mechanic and joined BASF Antwerpen N.V. in 1990 as a machine operator. After further internal training, he worked as a plant operator in the chlorine plant. Between 2000 and 2007, Zaman worked for Solvin N.V., a joint venture between BASF and Solvay. Since 2007, he has worked for the joint venture BASF DOW HPPO Production B.V. Zaman joined the works council of BASF Antwerpen N.V. in 2000 and has been a part-time works council member since 2017.

Zaman has been a member of the BASF Supervisory Board since April 29, 2022, and his mandate terminates upon conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2024.

Memberships of statutory supervisory boards in Germany:

  • BASF SE (publicly listed), Member

Memberships in comparable domestic and foreign supervisory bodies of commercial enterprises:

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