Brenntag North America names Bret Happel DEF Business Director

Reading, PA – April 24, 2012 -Industry-leading Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) distributor, Brenntag North America, Inc., has named Bret Happel as the division’s DEF Business Director. In his new position, Happel will lead Brenntag’s DEF business in both the U.S. and Canada. His responsibilities include oversight of more than 30 DEF rail terminals and 120 locations throughout North America which distribute jugs, drums, totes, mini-bulk and full truck loads of DEF.

With over 20 years of proven leadership experience in the chemical distribution industry, Happel most recently served as Vice President of Sales for Brenntag Mid-South, a division of Brenntag North America headquartered in Henderson, KY. Prior to his role as Vice President of Sales, he advanced through a variety of increasingly responsible commercial positions within Brenntag including Branch Manager, National Accounts Executive and District Manager.

“Bret’s broad spectrum of experience makes him an ideal choice to lead our rapidly growing DEF business,” commented David Garner, Vice President of Operations. “Bret has exceeded growth objectives in every position he has held at Brenntag; I am confident in his new role that he will experience the same success.”

About Brenntag:
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 about 160,000 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 400 locations in 68 countries. In 2011 the company realized global sales of EUR 8.7 billion (USD 12.1 billion) with more than 13,000 employees.

Press contact for Brenntag North America:
Barbara Nothstein
Brenntag North America
5083 Pottsville Pike
Reading, PA 19605
Telephone: 610 916 3858