Hamburg, 3 April 2023. Dr Stephan Glander (54), with effect of 1 April 2023, has taken over as CEO of the Biesterfeld Group, one of the leading international distributors of plastics, rubbers and specialty chemicals.
On his start as CEO, Dr Stephan Glander says: "I would like to thank the Biesterfeld family, the Supervisory Board, and, above all others, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Dirk J. Biesterfeld for their trust and the already very open lines of communication. Biesterfeld has a strong foundation of values and is a true global player. Successfully and decisively forging the way into the future in an increasingly challenging market environment is an exciting task full of responsibility. I am really happy to get started and to get to know the company and, above all, the people. I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Executive Board and the entire Biesterfeld team, as well as with our customers, suppliers and with our other partners."
Dirk J. Biesterfeld, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Biesterfeld AG, says: "I wish Dr Stephan Glander all the best and much success for his start at Biesterfeld, and I look forward to a close and trusting collaboration. His international experience in top management positions in the chemical industry, his consulting expertise, and his understanding and knowledge of the values of a traditional family-owned company are the perfect prerequisites for continuing to successfully set the course of our company."
Before joining Biesterfeld AG, Dr Stephan Glander served as CEO of BYK, a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and a subsidiary of the Altana Group. At the family-owned company Altana, Glander was a member of the Executive Management Committee. Prior to that, Glander, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, also held various management positions at renowned international chemical producers and plastics processors, including Röchling, Quadrant (Mitsubishi Chemicals) and Bayer AG. As a member of the Supervisory Board, Dr Stephan Glander advises, among others, Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, one of the oldest family-owned companies in Germany.
About Biesterfeld AG
Biesterfeld AG, based in Hamburg, Germany, is the strategic holding company of the Biesterfeld Group, one of the world's 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 annual revenue of around €1.4 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.