Gerresheimer gets new CEO

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Gerresheimer CEO Christian Fischer

Gerresheimer CEO Christian Fischer

Gerresheimer (Düsseldorf, Germany) recently announced that Christian Fischer is its new CEO, effective September 1.

Fischer succeeds Uwe Röhrhoff, 55, who left the company as of Aug. 31. Fischer joined Gerresheimer’s management board as a regular member on Aug. 1; he was previously president of performance chemicals at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 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,” said Axel Herberg, chairman of Gerresheimer’s  supervisory board.

Herberg described Fischer as an exceptional successor. He said Fischer “has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and brings many years of industry experience.”

Gerresheimer provides specialty glass and plastic products to the pharma and healthcare industry. The company has 10,000 employees and plants in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, with 1.4 billion euros (about $1.6 billion) in annual revenue.

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