BASF has appointed Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva as Senior Vice President, Polyurethanes, Asia Pacific, effective August 1, 2012. He succeeds Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner, who will return to BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, Germany, as Senior Vice President, Engineering Plastics Europe, effective November 1, 2012.
Dhruva started his career in BASF's polymer research laboratory in Ludwigshafen in 1996. After holding several positions at BASF in Ludwigshafen and India he was appointed Chief Executive of BASF Coatings India (Pvt.) Ltd. in 2005. Currently, Dhruva is Vice President of BASF's Coatings business in the Asia Pacific region, a role he has held since 2008.
Dhruva studied chemistry at Madras University and was awarded a doctorate by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1996.