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Apala Mukherjee appointed new president of BASF Canada

Apala Mukherjee has been appointed President of BASF Canada, succeeding Marcelo Lu, who takes over BASF’s North American Care Chemicals Division.

February 9, 2021  by CM Staff

Apala Mukherjee

MISSISSAUGA — Apala Mukherjee has been appointed President of BASF Canada effective March 1st, 2021. Mukherjee assumes responsibility for all of BASF’s businesses in Canada, overseeing the implementation of the company’s global strategies in the region.

In this role, Mukherjee will chair BASF Canada Executive Committee and head BASF Canada’s Leadership team. Moreover, she will lead BASF Canada’s internal business support groups, including Market and Customer Development and Sustainability.

“I am truly excited about this opportunity, and during my tenure I intend to build on the great leadership position BASF has gained in the Canadian market and industry. We will continue to intensify our focus to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to our Canadian customers to further enhance BASF’s position as a leader in the industry,” said Mukherjee.

Prior to moving to Canada, Apala Mukherjee was Director of Sustainability of Value Chains for BASF Corporation, located in Florham Park, New Jersey, USA. She has held various positions within BASF Group, including Head of Marketing Acrylics and Regional Integration leader for Engineering Plastics, both in Singapore, and Global Business Director for Polyolefins Catalysts and Staff to the CEO in North America, both in New Jersey, USA. Mukherjee started her career in research at National Starch and Chemical and has worked in various disciplines such as strategy, marketing, technical service and sales across Europe, Americas and Asia.

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Marcelo Lu has taken over BASF’s North American Care Chemicals Division which includes BASF’s Personal Care, Home Care I&I and Industrial Formulations businesses.


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