The board of directors of BASF India has approved the appointment of Alexander Gerding as managing director of BASF India, with effect from 1 January 2023. Alexander will lead the company for five years and will be based in Mumbai. He succeeds the present managing director Narayan Krishnamohan, who has decided to leave the company. Krishnamohan will support Alexander’s transition to the role, until 31 December 2022.
Born in Bremen, Germany, in 1979, Alexander has been with BASF for more than 22 years. He joined BASF in 2000 under a dual study program and obtained his Master of Business Administration at UNCG, North Carolina, United States, in 2005.
Over this time, he has handled multiple leadership roles across the globe, including Argentina, and the US, and most recently as vice-president of business management for agricultural solutions for EMEA East based out of Germany. Alexander has over two decades of valuable experience in the agricultural solutions business. As the head of the BASF group of companies in the country and managing director of BASF India, he will focus on expanding the business and supporting BASF’s customers and partners in the country.
The board of directors also approved the appointment of Anil Kumar Choudhary as the whole-time director of the company for five years. Anil has been with BASF since 2004 and has held various leadership positions, including being the managing director of BASF Catalysts.
In his last role, he was the business director for the performance materials business. He will assume the role of vice-president of materials, industrial solutions, and surface technologies from 1 January 2023. He will be responsible for all manufacturing sites of BASF India. Anil replaces Rajesh Naik, who will resign as a whole-time director on 31 December 2022, to pursue a regional role in BASF.
All appointments will be effective from 1 January 2023, subject to shareholders and other relevant approvals as required.