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WACKER SILICONES Under New Leadership

Munich, Apr 04, 2016

Dr. Robert Gnann (51) has taken over as president of WACKER SILICONES effective April 1, 2016. He succeeds Dr. Christian Hartel, who was appointed to the WACKER Group’s Executive Board in early November 2015. Gnann comes to WACKER from Momentive Performance Materials, where he headed the chemical company’s elastomer and European activities.

Leiter WACKER SILICONES ab 1.4.2016
Dr. Robert Gnann (51) has taken over as president of Wacker Chemie AG’s WACKER SILICONES division effective April 1, 2016.

After studying inorganic and polymer chemistry at the University of Cologne and earning his doctorate, Robert Gnann began his career at GE Silicones in the USA in 1996. He then moved on to Bayer and Lanxess in Canada and Germany, where he held managerial positions in such areas as production and technology. From 2008, Gnann was responsible for the elastomers business unit at Momentive Performance Materials and, in 2010, additionally took charge of the company’s European activities.


WACKER SILICONES is one of the largest silicone manufacturers worldwide with over 3,000 highly specialized and innovative products. The division’s portfolio ranges from silicone fluids, emulsions, resins, elastomers and sealants to silanes, silane-terminated polymers and pyrogenic silica. These stand out due to their significant value-adding potential – enhancing both the benefits and performance of customers’ end products. WACKER SILICONES’ products find application in such sectors as construction, chemicals, cosmetics, textiles, automotive, paper, electronics and medical technology. In 2015, WACKER SILICONES generated around 37 percent of Group sales.


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