Joseph M. Gantner and Christopher J. Hummel have joined the BASF Functional Polymers business. BASF also has appointed Dr. Christof Herion as the director of production for its Intermediates unit.

Joseph M. Gantner has joined the BASF Functional Polymers business as a technical sales representative for the northeast region of the U.S. Gantner comes to BASF from Wolstenholme International Inc. where he was eastern regional sales manager responsible for sales of metallic pigments, metallic inks and carbon black dispersions to the ink, plastic paint markets in west Chicago, IL. Prior to that, he held various sales positions with Sigma Coatings USA of Harvey, LA, and Carboline Company of St. Louis, MO. Earlier in his career, he worked as a technical service manager for Con-Lux Coatings of Edison, NJ, and as a lab manager for International Paint Co.

Christopher J. Hummel has joined the BASF Functional Polymers Architectural Coatings business in Charlotte, NC, as product marketing manager. With 18 years of chemical industry experience, Hummel comes to BASF from the Huntsman Polyurethanes business (formerly ICI), where most recently he was sales and commercial manager in the Coatings, Adhesives and Elastomers group, located in Auburn Hills, MI. Prior to that, he held various positions in sales and marketing in several locations.

BASF also has appointed Dr. Christof Herion as the director of production for its Intermediates unit located in Geismar, LA, where diols and derivatives, and amines are produced. Since joining BASF in 1989, Dr. Herion has held various technical and commercial positions in process licensing, catalyst marketing, petrochemical operations and marketing of intermediate chemicals.

For more information, call 973.245.6071 or e-mail william.pagano@basf.com. The company’s website is at www.basf.com.