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Sinah Mertens to take over as Head of the Controlling Group Function at LANXESS

Sinah Mertens (46) has assumed leadership of the Controlling Group Function at specialty chemicals group LANXESS with effect from May 1, 2015. She succeeds Michael Pontzen, who took over as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of LANXESS at the beginning of April 2015 and has additionally served as acting Head of Controlling since then.

Having trained as a bank clerk, Mertens completed a dual course of study in business administration at Münster University of Applied Sciences and the University of Portsmouth between 1992 and 1996. After holding various positions in finance in the United Kingdom, she joined LANXESS in 2004. There Mertens initially worked at Accounting before assuming responsibility for Controlling within the Functional Chemicals business unit. In 2008 Sinah Mertens transferred to the Controlling Group Function, where she most recently headed up the Business Analysis & Forecasting department.

"I am very pleased that we were able to find an experienced expert for this position within our own ranks. On behalf of the entire Board of Management, I would like to thank Sinah Mertens for her outstanding work to date and I wish her every success in her new role," said Pontzen.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.0 billion in 2014 and about 16,600 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and DJSI Europe) and FTSE4Good.

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