Axel C. Heitmann

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry

International business leader | strong advocate for industry and manufacturing | Founding-CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS for 10 years | 25 years of experience in national and international operational and commercial leadership positions in the Chemical Industry | broad experience in restructuring and transformation of underperforming businesses | active portfolio management | proven track record in value pricing and Asian markets | passion for science and technology

Long standing engagements in Boards and Councils of Associations of German Industry, Science and Culture | Economic ambassador of the City of Cologne, Germany and Honorary Citizen of the City of Wuxi, China | various awards

Member of the Board of Directors of Sulzer AG, Switzerland and of a Family Holding Company in Germany | Senior Advisor to Private Equity firms



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