Change of Management New Head of Lanxess Subsidiary Saltigo

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

Torsten Derr, currently head of the Lanxess Board of Management’s Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence Initiative, will take over as head of Saltigo, a subsidiary of the specialty chemicals company.

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Torsten Derr
Torsten Derr
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Cologne/Germany – Torsten Derr (46) will take up his new post on April 1, 2016. The outgoing head, Wolfgang Schmitz (62), is retiring after 41 years in the company.

“On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to thank Wolfgang Schmitz for his outstanding leadership and loyal cooperation over the many years of his career at Bayer and Lanxess and wish him all the best for this new chapter in his life,” said member of the Lanxess Board of Management Hubert Fink. “I would like to thank Torsten Derr for his pathbreaking work in the Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence Initiative and wish him every success in his new area of responsibility.”

Torsten Derr was born in Bremen in 1970 and completed a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Bremen in 1997. He started his professional life at Bayer. In 2007, he took charge of the Caprolactam business line of the High Performance Materials business unit at Lanxess.

On March 1, 2009, Derr was appointed head of the Material Protection Products business unit, before assuming responsibility for the Keltan Elastomers business unit from June 2013. In August 2014, the Lanxess Board of Management put him in charge of the Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence Initiative.