08 December 2008 12:39 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Jurgen Hambrecht, chairman and CEO of German major BASF, heads this year’s ICIS Chemical Business listing of the most influential people in the chemical industry. He moves up from the fourth position he held in 2007.
The listing is assembled by ICIS senior editors around the globe and has been published for the past three years. Previous holders of the top slot have been Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of INEOS (2006) and Al-Mady (2007).
In a new departure this year, ICIS asked readers to vote for their top executive via a poll on its ICIS Connect online discussion forum. The winner - by a long way - was Volker Trautz, CEO of LyondellBasell Industries, who ranked eighth on the main listing, evidently supported strongly by his own employees!
Hambrecht was judged the lead player this year for his leadership in taking BASF to new heights through the planned acquisition of Ciba Specialty Chemicals and in responding decisively to the current economic downturn.
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