Evonik extends chairman Christian Kullmann's contract for five years

6:14 AM, 11th June 2021
Christian Kullmann, who has been chairman of Evonik's executive board since May 2017, will head the Essen-based specialty chemicals company for another five years.

ESSEN, GERMANY: Christian Kullmann, who has been chairman of Evonik's executive board since May 2017, will head the Essen-based specialty chemicals company for another five years. The supervisory board extended Kullmann's contract until May 2027.

Extending Kullmann's contract enables the company to strengthen its strategy: concentrating on specialty chemicals, pooling innovative capability, focusing on sustainability and profitable growth.

Kullmann (52) was appointed to Evonik’s executive board as chief strategic officer in 2014 and became chairman of the executive board in May 2017. Since March 2020, he has also headed the German chemical industry association, VCI.

“Christian Kullmann has played a key role in driving forward the company, and successfully kept it on track in challenging times. We have great confidence in his ability to transform Evonik into a best-in-class specialty chemicals company and look forward to continuing to work with him,” said Bernd Tonjes, chairman of the supervisory board of Evonik.
Kullmann has announced further steps to increase growth and profitability. Sustainability will play an extremely important role in this.

“Profitable and sustainable growth is the toughest discipline in the industry,” he said. “We want to rank right at the top, and that is what our customers want, too. They are increasingly choosing our solutions in order to achieve their own sustainability targets.”

Evonik's resilience to crises has been strengthened considerably, which has paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Now the goal is to build on the progress made in establishing a performance-oriented culture and focusing on growth businesses with a good sustainability profile, Kullmann said.

He therefore announced that further steps will be taken to optimize the portfolio in the coming years: “We will be investing specifically in our three growth divisions and focusing our combined innovative capability on developing new products."

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