LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Aug. 14) — Bayer MaterialScience A.G. has named Patrick Thomas, former head of polyurethanes business units at ICI P.L.C. and Huntsman Corp., to succeed Hagen Noerenberg as chairman when Noerenberg retires at year-end.
The 48-year-old Thomas, a native of Portsmouth, England, brings more than 25 years´ experience in international chemistry industry management.
"Given his...experience in the chemical industry," said Bayer A.G. Chairman Werner Wenning, "we are convinced of Patrick Thomas´ ability to drive forward our business with high-tech polymer materials."
Thomas will join Bayer MaterialScience Aug. 15.
Thomas began his career with ICI´s pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals business and moved in 1989 to ICI Polyurethanes in Belgium. There he became regional director for Europe, Africa & Middle East in 1993 and four years later was appointed global CEO.
In 1999 Thomas joined Huntsman as president of the Polyurethanes, Performance and Advanced Materials divisions, in Belgium. In 2003 he was named corporate executive vice president of Huntsman Matlin Patterson. Since 2005 he has been working as a management consultant.
Noerenberg, a 30-year Bayer veteran, has been chairman since January 2004. He also was head of Bayer´s polyurethanes business from November 2001.