Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, announces the appointment of Karsten Beckmann, currently Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Brenntag Europe to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brenntag Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this position he succeeds Harry van Baarlen who retires as CEO of Brenntag Europe after 18 years of successful working with the company. Karsten Beckmann reports to Steven Holland, Chief Executive Officer Brenntag Group.
Karsten Beckmann started his career in the chemical industry. Following different functions in the corporate head office of Stinnes AG, Brenntag’s former parent company, he joined Brenntag in 2002 as Managing Director of Brenntag Italy. He became Regional Manager Southern Europe in 2009. In 2011 he was appointed COO of Brenntag Europe and Africa.
Brenntag Group’s CEO Steven Holland: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Karsten as CEO of Brenntag Europe. Over the past years at the helm of European leadership as COO, Karsten demonstrated professional excellence and will continue to navigate the region safely and effectively in challenging times to accomplish continued growth for Brenntag in Europe.”
Brenntag is the global market leader in full-line chemical distribution. Linking chemical manufacturers and chemical users, Brenntag provides business-to-business distribution solutions for industrial and specialty chemicals globally. With over 10,000 products and a world-class supplier base, Brenntag offers one-stop-shop solutions to more than 170,000 customers. The value-added services include just-in-time delivery, product mixing, formulation, repackaging, inventory management, drum return handling as well as extensive technical support. Headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, the company operates a global network with more than 450 locations in over 70 countries. In 2012 the company realized global sales of EUR 9.7 billion (USD 12.5 billion) with nearly 13,000 employees.