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Olivia Schmidt, BASF

Olivia Schmidt is Director, Global Adsorbents for BASF - The Chemical Company. In this function, Olivia is a member of the Process Catalysts’ global leadership team.

Olivia has served in increasingly responsible business management positions during her career with BASF. She has held positions in sales, product and marketing management, and new business development. Prior to assuming her current position in December 2011, Olivia was Director of Strategic and Product Management for the Pigments group within the Dispersions & Pigments division. Previously, she was the Global Marketing Manager for BASF's Performance Chemicals Pigments and Additives business. Preceding this assignment, Olivia was Business Development Manager for the Contract Manufacturing business in the Pharmaceutical Solutions division at BASF.

Olivia holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Hartford, CT, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Catholic Andres Bello University, Caracas Venezuela. She founded the Latin-American Employee Group at BASF in 2006.