Zurich - Clariant Chief Financial Officer Patrick Jany is exiting for a post at Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, marking the latest management change at the Swiss speciality chemicals maker after its CEO jumped ship last year.
Jany is being replaced by Stephan Lynen, a 49-year-old who currently heads the Muttenz-based chemicals maker’s additives business unit after joining Clariant in 1998 as an internal auditor.
“We very much regret Patrick Jany’s decision to leave Clariant,” said Chairman Hariolf Kottmann, who is filling the CEO role on an interim basis. “Patrick Jany has been with our company for 25 years and has played a major role in our success story.”
Kottman said Lynen’s 22-year career at Clariant gave him the “perfect profile” to replace Jany.
Maersk has also seen turmoil at the top, with the departure of its CFO last November to join General Electric (GE.N), just after the shipper’s chief operating officer exited to join Swiss headquartered rival Mediterranean Shipping Co.