Christoph von Plotho, Ph.D., became president of Wacker Specialties effective May 1, 2003. He succeeds Albert Baehny, who left the Wacker Group in late January. With a doctorate in chemistry, von Plotho joined Wacker in 1984 as laboratory head at the company's Burghausen plant. He held various executive posts in France, Italy and the U.S. before being appointed president and CEO of what was then called Elektroschmelzwerk Kempten in 1999. Von Plotho was most recently vice president of the Performance Materials Business Unit, a position he had held since November 2000.
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