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New CEO for BASF in Poland

Andreas Gietl took over as the new CEO of BASF in Poland Aug. 1.

Previously Gietl was vice-president of Business Management Decorative Paints Solutions at BASF’s South America division in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He spent the last five years working in South America.

Hailing from Germany, Gietl studied business management at the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigshafen on the Rhine and followed up with studies at the University of North Carolina in the United States. His career at BASF began in 2000 when Gietl became a marketing analyst with Styrenic Polymers Europe at BASF’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen. Later he worked as Head of Crop Protection Portugal (2004-2007) and Staff Division President (2008-2010). In 2010, he was transferred to Brazil to become director of Performance Chemicals South America. In 2013, he became vice-president of Decorative Coatings Solutions South America in Sao Paulo.

BASF’s portfolio in Poland comprises industrial chemicals, plastics, pesticides, construction chemicals (including admixtures for concrete), paints and catalytic converters for cars. BASF works with many industries in Poland and has more than 600 employees. The BASF group’s sales in Poland totaled 770 million euros last year.

ECONOMY
Companies active in Poland’s 14 special economic zones (SEZs) created almost 29,000 new jobs last year and now employ 296,000 people in total, according to Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński. Investment in Polish SEZs totaled zl.8.8 billion last year and the authorities issued 436 new permits to companies wanting to launch operations in Poland’s special economic zones, up from 253 a year earlier. The cumulative value of SEZ investment last year approached zl.102 billion. Companies from the automotive industry accounted for 26 percent of this figure.