SUPPLIER DIVISION HEAD
Raimar Jahn, 57
President, Performance Materials Division, BASF
TITLE: President, Performance Materials Division
BASED: Waterloo, Belgium
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Jahn has been the head of BASF's Performance Materials division since 2013 and chairman of the Global Automotive Steering Committee at the world's largest chemicals maker since 2001. Jahn joined BASF's Latin America division in 1985. He has held multiple leading positions at the company's plastics and coatings divisions in Germany, Belgium, Mexico and the U.S.
REASON FOR WINNING: Jahn has played a key role in BASF's rise to No. 16 in Automotive News Europe's global ranking of the world's top 100 suppliers to the automotive industry last year from No. 53 in 2008. Last year the company, which specializes in coatings, plastics and catalysts for automakers, had global sales to automakers of nearly $13 billion, according to Automotive News Europe data.