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Clariant CEO’s Departure Surprises Some Analysts

10:41 AM MDT | September 15, 2008 | Kerri Walsh

The departure of Clariant CEO Jan Secher came as a surprise to some analysts because the company is in the process of a sweeping restructuring aimed at reducing costs and boosting selling prices (CW, Sept. 1/8, p. 9). Secher, who headed up the restructuring plan, left for personal reasons, Clariant says. Secher will be replaced by Hariolf Kottmann, who is currently a board member at SGL Carbon (Wiesbaden, Germany), effective October 1. Clariant did not provide further details. “This management change was unexpected and given the company is at a critical...

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