Jan Bertsch Named Exec VP, CFO of Sigma-Aldrich

Sigma-Aldrich has named Jan Bertsch as its executive vice president and CFO, beginning March 5, 2012.

Before this appointment, Bertsch was employed with BorgWarner, most recently as vice president, controller and principal accounting officer, as well as having served the company as vice president and treasurer. Prior to BorgWarner, she was senior vice president, chief information officer and treasurer of Chrysler LLC, and she also acted in a variety of finance and operations roles, including international assignments in China and Mexico, with Ford Motor Company. Bertsch also has served on numerous corporate advisory boards, university leadership boards, and as a director for various nonprofit organizations.

Sigma-Aldrich president and CEO Rakesh Sachdev said of the appointment, "We are very pleased to be able to add such a talented and experienced professional as Jan to the Sigma-Aldrich management team. Her broad background in finance and operations together with her global experience makes her an ideal addition to our company as we continue to enhance our leadership position in the life science and high technology marketplace. Jan has over three decades of progressive leadership assignments with an impressive track record of success, demonstrating strong leadership, innovative thinking and operational improvement. I'm excited to begin working with Jan to drive our growth and operational excellence strategies and build shareholder value."

Kirk Richter, who served as Sigma-Aldrich’s interim CFO since November 2010, will continue as the company’s vice president and treasurer.

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