Hasler, who began his career at Sika in 1989 as a chemist, succeeds Urs Mäder, who has decided to step down from the post.
For the past three years, Hasler has served as head of the company’s Global Automotive division.
Mäder, who has been chief technology officer and member of the Sika’s management since 2005, will remain at the company and assume responsibility for corporate research and development projects. As chief technology officer, Mäder oversaw the establishment of more efficient technology management, including the globalization of research and development activities, the introduction of a professional intellectual property management system and the alignment of the research and development organization with Sika’s strategic target markets.
”Innovation and research and development are the backbone of our company,” said Sika CEO Jan Jenisch. ”We are proud to appoint a talented manager from within our own ranks as chief technology officer. Thomas Hasler has successfully driven forward product developments in all the positions he has held, demonstrating his ability to combine chemical fundamentals with customer needs. His strong track record makes him highly qualified to further increase the market orientation of our research and development activities and to intensify our customer focus.”
Sika, which boasts 800 research and development employees worldwide, is globally active as a specialty chemicals company, supplying manufacturing industries such as the solar and wind power sectors, automotive, rail and construction industries.