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BASF appoints David Stryker as Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Former Siemens attorney to lead legal services function in North America

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J., April 5, 2004 -- BASF has appointed David Stryker as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BASF Corporation, the North American affiliate of BASF AG.

Stryker joins BASF after 10 years with Siemens Corporation, New York, N.Y. Most recently, he was Associate General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer. Among other responsibilities, Stryker managed all litigation in North America for Siemens AG and its subsidiaries, including patent, antitrust and commercial law matters. He also designed and implemented the company's compliance programs and policies, and oversaw monitoring and investigation efforts related to compliance. Stryker started with Siemens as a Senior Litigation Counsel in 1994, and was promoted to Associate General Counsel in 1998.

Prior to Siemens, Stryker was a Partner in the Chicago, Ill., and New York, N.Y., offices of law firm Kirkland & Ellis from 1984 to 1994.

Stryker holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a law degree, both from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

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