Switzerland’s Clariant nominates Keijzer as CEO to be in charge of turnaround
ZURICH (SWITZERLAND) – Speciality chemicals maker Clariant on Wednesday made Conrad Keijzer as its chief executive. This appointment would require completing sales of key businesses. This also aims to restore a semblance of normalcy after three years of turmoil over its future.
Keijzer, a Dutchman who most recently served as CEO of France-based Imerys, takes reins at Clariant after the position had remained vacant for more than a year.
It had been filled on an interim basis by former CEO and current Chairman Hariolf Kottmann.
Kottmann who was a proponent of Clariant’s 2017 failed fusion with Huntsman. He was also at the centre of a collapsed 2019 joint venture with Saudi Basic Industries, Clariant’s biggest investor.