Sigma-Aldrich Corp. will align its organization into three market-focused business units: applied markets, research markets and SAFC commercial markets, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Gilles Cottier will continue to lead the SAFC business. This business will be renamed the SAFC commercial markets business unit and will continue to serve customers in the life science and electronic markets. Gerrit van den Dool will transition from his current role as managing director of the North American region (United States and Canada) to become managing director of the European region (EMEA). He will relocate to St. Gallen, Switzerland. Jason Apter will transition from his role of chief of staff to become managing director of the Asia Pacific region and will relocate to Singapore.
Frank Wicks will transition from his current role as president of the research business to become president of the new applied markets business unit. This business unit will serve customers in diagnostics, testing and industrial markets.
Eric Green will transition from his current role as vice president and managing director of the International region (APLA) to become president of the newly structured research markets business unit. This business unit will focus on broadening the offering of research products to scientists in life science, academic, government and hospital settings throughout the world. Green will continue to have responsibility for the Latin America region as well.
Sigma-Aldrich plans to provide more information about the structure, sales and growth prospects of each of the three business units early in 2013 in conjunction with the release of its year-end financial results.