Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Dorothea Wenzel will lead the surface solutions business unit within performance materials. Benjamin Hein will succeed her as head of strategy & transformation within Performance Materials. Stefan Kratzer will become head of controlling.
Wenzel joined Performance Materials in April 2018, having transferred from the Healthcare business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. She currently is leading controlling and strategy & transformation within performance materials.
Wenzel succeeds Friedhelm Felten who has decided to pursue new career opportunities outside of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
“Within only half a year, she was instrumental in creating the new, convincing performance materials strategy,” said Kai Beckmann, CEO Performance Materials and member of the Executive Board. “In addition, she built a strong structure for the controlling function and laid the foundation for our five-year transformation by establishing the Bright Future program.
Hein is currently head of group strategy and the CEO office at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Stefan Kratzer is head of controlling for the consumer health business, which is being acquired by Procter & Gamble.
“This is an excellent opportunity for [Hein] to support the implementation of the strategy that he already helped to develop in his current position,” said Beckmann.