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Personnel changes in Communications at BASF’s Coatings division

Effective February 1, 2014, Dr. Christiane Weiser-Zimmermann has been named head of Global Communications at BASF’s Coatings division.

She succeeds Dr. Martin Rissmann, who became head of the Global Communications unit at the Performance Materials division on January 1, 2014. Weiser-Zimmermann joins BASF from U.S. chemical company DuPont, where she held several communication positions.

Dr. Christiane Weiser-Zimmermann earned a Ph.D. in historical geography, history and urban planning in 1990 and worked at the Office of Historic Urban and Landscape Research in Bonn and the Office for Archeology of the State of Saxony in Dresden. In 1997, she became the press officer at Herberts, a paint manufacturer based in Wuppertal. After DuPont acquired Herberts, she held various communications positions at the U.S. chemical company and starting in 2006, was the leader of Issues & Crisis Programs EMEA. 

Dr. Martin Rissmann studied political science, history and German literature at the universities of Bonn and Oxford. After completing his studies, he worked as a research staff member at the German Federal Chancellery and at the German Bundestag. In 1994, he joined BASF, where he assumed responsibility for Public Affairs and Political Communications. In 1998, Rissmann transferred to BASF Corporation in Mount Olive, New Jersey. He became head of the Global Communications unit of BASF´s Coatings division in 2003.


About the Coatings Division

In the Coatings Division, BASF develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF has significant market positions in the Coatings sector in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia Pacific region. In 2012 t he Coatings Division of the BASF Group achieved global sales of nearly €3 billion. The internet address is www.basf-coatings.com . You can download a copy of BASF customer magazine Coatings Partner from www.coatingspartner.com

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