Siemens Healthcare, while part of the broader Siemens Group, is comparable to Clariant in terms of size and revenues and in some aspects there are several parallels between the two companies. There are certainly also differences. Clariant has gone through a very successful but also a very steep improvement over the last few years, and enormous changes in its portfolio. This is a company that is clearly acting in a very change-orientated way, in a very dynamic environment. It’s this impressive trajectory, in combination with a very convincing and ambitious strategy going forward, that really caught my attention and enticed me to take up the role.
In addition, innovation plays a major role at Clariant. I studied science (engineering physics) and am particularly drawn to organizations that have the opportunity to differentiate and create value through technological and scientific innovation and leadership. I have always found it heartening to know that what you do can make a real difference to people.
My perception is that Clariant has enormous potential to do a lot of good. Sustainability is clearly very much embedded into the organization and I think that companies, like Clariant, that act in a very sustainable way, developing solutions that enable others to operate more sustainably, can have a true, lasting impact on the world. There is a huge opportunity for Clariant to develop solutions that are very customer-orientated, through looking at emerging trends and by working very closely with customers. These factors make Clariant as an organization and the specialty chemicals industry in general a very exciting place to work.