Executive Board member Carsten Harms leaves Biesterfeld at his own request

Carsten Harms, Member of the Executive Board of the Biesterfeld Group and responsible for the Biesterfeld Plastic and Biesterfeld Performance Rubber divisions, will not be renewing his Executive Board contract and is leaving the company at his own request with immediate effect.Peter Wilkes, Executive Board member responsible for the Specialty Chemicals Division, will also assume interim responsibility for the Plastic and Performance Rubber Divisions.

Dirk J. Biesterfeld, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Biesterfeld AG, explains: "I would like to thank Carsten Harms for his enormous services to our company and for the many years of very trusting and successful cooperation. Carsten Harms has built up the Biesterfeld Plastic division into an international market leader for plastic specialties and has developed it in a very sustainable way and developed it very successfully globally in recent years. Carsten Harms has also played a key role in the establishment of the Performance Rubber division and its positive international development. I dearly wish Carsten Harms all the best for the future."

Carsten Harms adds: "I would like to thank Mr. Biesterfeld and the family for the trust they have placed in me, which has motivated me for more than 30 years to lead the company with entrepreneurial courage, confidence, drive and reliability and to develop the company strategically and internationally; in particular, to develop the ideas of our consistent growth and expansion strategy together with our long-standing partners and to successfully implement them on the guidelines of a common corporate culture. I would like to thank my colleagues, international management teams, colleagues on the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board as well as joint venture partner families for their many years of trust and the good and successful cooperation. I am now very much looking forward to implementing my new professional direction.”

Commenting on the appointment of Peter Wilkes, Stephan Glander, CEO, says: "With Peter Wilkes in his expanded role, not only is continuity in the Executive Board and the company ensured, but we also have the opportunity to consistently exploit synergies between the divisions. I look forward to continuing our very trusting collaboration."


About Biesterfeld AG

Biesterfeld AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, is the strategic holding company of the Biesterfeld Group, one of the internationally leading distributors of plastics, rubber and specialty chemicals. Founded in 1906 as a trade and service company, it now employs more than 1000 people at over 50 locations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, and generates an annual revenue of around €1.66 billion. The wholly family-owned business offers technology-based expertise and consulting on a wide-ranging product portfolio in three business divisions: Biesterfeld Plastic, Biesterfeld Performance Rubber and Biesterfeld Spezialchemie.

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