Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Wolfgang Weber

Wolfgang Weber, CEO. © ZVEI / Alexander Grüber



Current function

​since 2020 ZVEI Frankfurt am Main/Germany, Chief Executive Officer

Professional Experience

2017-2019 Vice President Communications and Government Relations Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), BASF, Brussels and Ludwigshafen/Germany
2011-2017 Vice President EU Government Relations, BASF, Brussels
2006-2011 Head of Energy and Climate Policy, Communications & Government Relations BASF Group, Ludwigshafen/Germany
1999-2006 Consultant at German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)
1997-1999 Postdoc at the University of California (USA)
1997 System Analyst at SAP AG

Education & Qualifications

1987-1996 Study of chemistry at the University of Frankfurt/Germany, Doctorate​ at the University of Zürich/Switzerland
1986-1987​ Military Service in the German Army
​1986 School examination / High school

Member of Executive Management

Sarah Bäumchen

Sarah Bäumchen has been a member of the Executive Board since 2022 and also heads the Berlin office.


Sarah Bäumchen, Member of Executive Management


Sarah Bäumchen has been strengthening the ZVEI Executive Board since March 2022. Previously, the public affairs expert worked in various functions for the FDP. As Head of Communications and Campaigns, she was most recently responsible for the party's internal and external communications on current political issues and for the 2021 federal election. Prior to that, she was divisional director for the economics working group of the FDP parliamentary group. An American studies and history graduate, she has also worked for the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle, including as head of communications and politics. Sarah Bäumchen has worked intensively on energy and climate issues for both the FDP and the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle.