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New Chief Innovation Officer appointed at Evonik

Germany-based specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries has appointed Ulrich Kusthardt as its new chief innovation officer. Kusthard, who succeeds Peter Nagler, took over as CIO on Jan. 1, 2015. He plans to continue strengthening the company's innovation capacity, continuing his predecessor's successful work. "Our strategy must be aimed at stimulating Evonik's growth with attractive fields of innovation. We want to be one of the world's most innovative companies," Kusthardt said.

Germany-based specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries has appointed Ulrich Kusthardt as its new chief innovation officer. Kusthard, who succeeds Peter Nagler, took over as CIO on Jan. 1, 2015. He plans to continue strengthening the company's innovation capacity, continuing his predecessor's successful work. "Our strategy must be aimed at stimulating Evonik's growth with attractive fields of innovation. We want to be one of the world's most innovative companies," Kusthardt said. Nagler will remain involved with the topic of innovation and step up efforts to internationalize innovation at Evonik in the future.  

Peter Nagler hands over a cell-symbolizing research, development, and growth-to his successor, Ulrich Küsthardt 
Kusthardt, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, began his career at an international consulting firm. Starting in 1997, he held positions at a predecessor of Evonik, initially in controlling as well as in marketing and sales. He later went on to manage various business units, heading up the Coatings & Additives Business Unit of Evonik Industries from 2008.   

Innovations are an essential driver for profitable growth at Evonik. They pave the way for new areas of business and strengthen leading market and technology positions. "The innovation pipeline of Evonik is well-filled with roughly 500 short-, medium-, and long-term projects. To keep up the flow of ideas and innovations in the future, too, the group has increased its spending on research and development by an average of nine percent per year since 2009. R&D spending in 2013 totaled Euro 394 million," said Evonik in the press release announcing the appointment. 

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