Evonik ends COO Patrik Wohlhauser’s term

Evonik ends COO Patrik Wohlhauser’s term

1:56 PM, 26th June 2015
Evonik ends COO Patrik Wohlhauser’s term
Evonik’s executive board member and current COO Patrik Wohlhauser, whose term was ended unanimously by the supervisory board. (File photo)

ESSEN, GERMANY: Evonik Industries AG said its supervisory board has appointed Dr Ralph Sven Kaufmann (49) as the new chief operating officer (COO), effective 1 July, replacing Patrik Wohlhauser (51), who will leave the company on 30 June.

Patrik Wohlhauser has been an executive board member since 1 April, 2011 and took on responsibility for the chemical operations as COO on 1 January, 2014. Evonik’s supervisory board resolved unanimously to end the term of Wohlhauser as an executive board member and COO, it said.

Kaufmann, who is also appointed as an executive board member, has been a managing partner of SCOPEIN Management Consultants in Dusseldorf (Germany) since 2001. In this period he has advised many companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, including Evonik, on optimizing their operational efficiency and business portfolio, the company said.

“Wohlhauser is leaving the company on highly amicable terms. He played a key role in shaping our chemicals operations over many years and most recently contributed to the successful bundling of our business in the segment structure. On behalf of the supervisory board, I would like to thank Wohlhauser most sincerely for that. Dr Kaufmann is a highly qualified successor who has known the company for many years as he has worked as consultant on a wide range of projects,” said Dr Werner Muller, chairman, supervisory board, Evonik.

“We are losing Patrik Wohlhauser, a competent member of the executive board and valued colleague with whom we have always worked very well. I look forward to working with Dr Kaufmann, who has already supported us effectively in the past with his expertise and experience,” said Klaus Engel, chairman, executive board, Evonik.

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