Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, announces that Markus Klähn, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Brenntag North America is appointed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brenntag North America. In this position he succeeds William Fidler, Member of the Management Board of Brenntag AG and responsible for the regions North America and Latin America. Markus Klähn will continue to report to William Fidler.
Markus Klähn joined Brenntag in 1994. After various positions at corporate headquarters of Brenntag Group he became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Brenntag Latin America, Inc. in 2004. In 2007 he became President of Brenntag Northeast, Inc. and overtook operational responsibility for Brenntag North America in 2011 as COO. In February 2013 he was appointed President of Brenntag North America, Inc.
Brenntag Group’s Chief Executive Officer Steven Holland: “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Markus as CEO for Brenntag in North America. With a proven track record of commercial and financial leadership he brings the experience and expertise to continue the success of Brenntag North America and will ensure that we expand our growth in this important region.”
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.