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Dr. Christian Fischer to succeed Uwe Röhrhoff as CEO of Gerresheimer AG

Düsseldorf, August 31, 2017 – With effect from September 1, 2017, Dr. Christian Fischer (53) is to assume responsibility as Chief Executive Officer of Gerresheimer AG. He succeeds Uwe Röhrhoff (55), who is leaving the company as of August 31, 2017. Christian Fischer joined the Management Board as a regular member on August 1, 2017, having previously been President Performance Chemicals at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, where he spent 24 years.

“The Supervisory Board would like to thank Uwe Röhrhoff for the outstanding work he has done for Gerresheimer AG. In his 26 years at Gerresheimer, including seven as CEO, he played a key role in determining the company’s strategic focus as well as in securing major acquisitions, reshaping the corporate portfolio, and delivering operational projects. In other words, he has been instrumental in the success that Gerresheimer currently enjoys. We would like to wish Uwe Röhrhoff all the best in his professional and personal endeavors. We have found an exceptional successor in Christian Fischer, who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and brings many years of industry experience. Together with him we are looking forward to continue driving Gerresheimers future success,” said Dr. Axel Herberg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gerresheimer AG

Dr. Christian Fischer

Dr. Christian FischerDr. Christian Fischer has been a member of the Management Board of Gerresheimer AG since August 2017. 

He joined BASF in 1993. Having started his career as a laboratory team leader, he went on to be Deputy Division Manager, Global Marketing Director, and Sales Director in different plastic divisions. As Group Vice President, Fine Chemicals Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong from 2004 to 2008, he was responsible for the production and marketing of products for the pharma, cosmetics, aroma, animal, and human nutrition industries. Between 2008 and 2014, he was as President responsible for  BASF SE’s global materials and systems research. As President Performance Chemicals from 2015 to March 2017, he held overall responsibility for plastic additives, fuel and lubricant additives as well as chemicals for the mining, oilfield, water, paper, and leather industry.

Christian Fischer holds a diploma degree in Chemistry (University of Regensburg) and a PhD in the same subject. He also has a degree in Business Administration (VWA Mannheim). He was appointed honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2014.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer operates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With plants in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, Gerresheimer generates revenues of around EUR 1.4 bn. The company’s comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: insulin pens, inhalers, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

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