The Executive Board is directly responsible for managing the company and represents Wacker Chemie AG in all dealings with third parties. Its duties include managing and monitoring WACKER’s strategic development by allocating funds, deploying resources, and supporting and overseeing our operating units.
Our Executive Board has four members: a chemist, a business engineer, a bioscientist and a lawyer. Dr. Christian Hartel, Dr. Tobias Ohler, Auguste Willems and Angela Wörl have all held leading positions at our company for many years.
Dr. Christian Hartel
President & CEO
“WACKER ranks two things highly: our proximity to customers and our innovative strength.”
- WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS
- WACKER POLYSILICON
- Corporate Development
- Corporate Communications
- Corporate Auditing
- Retirement Benefits
Profile: Dr. Christian Hartel
Dr. Christian Hartel has been President & CEO of Wacker Chemie AG since May 2021.
Dr. Hartel was born in 1971, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Konstanz, he earned a doctorate in Natural Sciences at the universities of Geneva (Switzerland) and Frankfurt am Main in 2000.
He then started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company Germany Inc., Munich. In 2003, he joined Wacker-Chemie GmbH, working initially in the Corporate Development department. Between 2005 and 2009, he occupied various managerial positions in Sales & Marketing, product development, and production at WACKER SILICONES and WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS. In 2010, he became head of Raw Materials Procurement at Wacker Chemie AG. In 2012, he took over as President of WACKER SILICONES. He has been a member of Wacker Chemie AG’s Executive Board since 2015 and became President & CEO in May 2021.
Dr. Tobias Ohler
“When it comes to finance at WACKER, we’re conservative in the best sense of the word. A sound financial position is our top priority.”
- Corporate Accounting and Tax
- Corporate Controlling
- Corporate Finance and Insurance
- Investor Relations
- Information Technology
- Procurement & Logistics
- Region: The Americas
Profile: Dr. Tobias Ohler
Dr. Tobias Ohler was born in 1971, in Saarbrücken, Germany. After studying Economics and Business Administration & Engineering in Germany, France and Australia, he gained a doctorate in Economics from the University of Oldenburg in 2000.
In 1997, he began working as a consultant and associate principal at McKinsey. In 2004, he started at Wacker Chemie AG, where he assumed responsibility for Corporate Controlling in 2005. In 2008, he took charge of Raw Materials Procurement and, in 2010, joined the Executive Board of Siltronic AG as Chief Financial Officer. Dr. Ohler has been a member of Wacker Chemie AG’s Executive Board since January 2013.
“At WACKER, we understand corporate responsibility in an all-encompassing sense – from product and plant safety, to compliance with all legal requirements, right through to the charitable projects we are committed to.”
- WACKER SILICONES
- Sales & Distribution
- Site Management
- Research & Development
- Corporate Security
- Environment, Health, Safety
- Product Stewardship
- Regions: Europe, Middle East
Profile: Auguste Willems
Auguste Willems was born in 1959, in Tongeren, Belgium. He studied Natural Sciences, Economics and Engineering at the University of Leuven in Belgium before going on to complete a master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering.
In 1986, he initially had marketing and sales responsibilities at Henkel Benelux, where he became Industry Vice President in 1994. Subsequently, he worked for Henkel internationally: in Jakarta, Indonesia (as President of Henkel Indonesia) and the USA (as Vice President of Organic Specialties for Henkel North America). After Henkel split off its specialty-chemicals business, he transferred to Cognis as Group Vice President of Functional Products and member of the Corporate Executive Committee in 2002. He has been an Executive Board member of Wacker Chemie AG since 2006.
“WACKER is a globally active company, which is why diversity and openness are core elements of our corporate identity and the way we do business.”
- WACKER POLYMERS
- Human Resources (Personnel Director)
- Executive Personnel
- Intellectual Property
- Corporate Engineering
- Region: Asia
Profile: Angela Wörl
Angela Wörl was born in 1967, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She studied Law at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), where she graduated with the Second State Exam in Law in 1994.
In 1995, she joined Wacker-Chemie GmbH’s Legal department. Moving on to the Human Resources department, she took charge of international HR assignments and personnel development in 2003. After further managerial roles at HR, she left WACKER temporarily in 2011 for family reasons, spending almost three years in South Korea and China. Returning to WACKER in 2014, she became head of Executive Personnel and then, a year later, she was made head of Human Resources. She has been a member of Wacker Chemie AG’s Executive Board since May 2021.