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Michael Heinz

Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, Industrial Relations Director and Site Director of Ludwigshafen, responsible for the divisions Global Engineering Services, Corporate Environmental Protection, Health & Safety, European Site & Verbund Management, Region South America

Michael Heinz is Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation in North America, a role he assumed in 2021. Since 2011, he has been a member of the BASF SE Board of Executive Directors. In this role, he is responsible for the global business segments, Chemicals and Materials as well as all BASF activities in the North American and South American regions.

Michael has been with BASF for almost four decades and during that time, has spent more than 10 years in various leadership positions in the United States. Earlier in his career, he oversaw BASF’s activities in Ecuador and Mexico. In 2005, Michael was named President of the global Crop Protection division and in 2009 and 2010, he was responsible for the integration of two major company acquisitions, Ciba AG and Cognis GmbH. As a Board member, he served as Industrial Relations Director and Site Director of BASF SE global headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany since 2017.

Born in Mannheim, Germany, Michael studied Business Administration at the College of Applied Sciences in Ludwigshafen, Germany and graduated there in 1987. In 2000, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University, North Carolina.

 

Please find more information on Michael’s chronological professional career here.