Specialty Chemicals giant LANXESS appoints Neelanjan Banerjee as the Global Head of its Lubricant Additives Business


  • Neelanjan Banerjee to take over as the new Global Head of Business Unit Lubricants Additives
  • Martin Saewe takes over as Head of Group Initiative
  • E-Mobility and Circular Economy
  • Namitesh Roy Choudhury to succeed Neelanjan Banerjee as Country Representative & Managing Director for India region

Mumbai, February 12, 2022 – Neelanjan Banerjee will be taking over as the new Global Head of the Business Unit Lubricants Additives at LANXESS Corporation, USA effective July 1, 2022 after a brief work-in period. He has been Region Head, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director for LANXESS India Private Limited since August 2018 and has also been an Executive Director since 2009. He has held senior management positions in the last 16 years with the organization.

Headquartered in Shelton, CT in the US, the Business Unit Lubricant Additives (BU LAB) is globally positioned with around 800 customers worldwide and 12 production sites in 9 countries including Altamira (Mexico), Antwerpen (Belgium), East Hanover, Fords, (USA), Elmira, West Hill (Canada), Kaoshiung (Taiwan), Mannheim (Germany), Latina (Italy), Nantong, Qingdao (China), and Manchester (UK). The business unit has 5 global technical competence centers located in Manheim (Germany), Nanjing and Qingdao (China) Naugatuck (USA) and West Hill (Canada). It also has 3 regional sales hubs located in the Americas, Europe and APAC region. The BU LAB offers a comprehensive product portfolio for all lubricant applications. It focusses mainly on 3 segments: Transportation Additives, Industrial Additives and Synthetic Basestocks & Fluids. The business unit serves a host of attractive global end-application industries like automotive, marine, new mobility, aviation, power generation, food processing, metal working and general industrial.

Neelanjan Banerjee is taking over from Martin Saewe who moves on to become the Head of Group Initiative E-Mobility and Circular Economy. He succeeds Philipp Junge, who has led the Group initiative since its launch in August 2020 and has successfully driven LANXESS’ strategy and projects around E-Mobility and Circular Economy. Philipp Junge is leaving LANXESS at his own request effective March 31, to pursue new challenges outside the company.

Namitesh Roy Choudhury, currently head of Production, Technology, Safety and Environment group function (GF PTSE) India and Executive Director of LANXESS India, will succeed Neelanjan Banerjee as Country Representative and Managing Director of LANXESS India Private Limited effective July 1, 2022. He joined Bayer in 1989 and subsequently moved to LANXESS in India in 2005. He has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry.


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.1 billion in 2020. The company currently has about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

Mumbai, 12 February 2022

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