Pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Aventis has named Carsten Tilger as its new head of media relations. He was previously a press officer and company spokesman for Hoechst, until it merged with Rhone-Poulenc in December last year.
Tilger is based in Strasbourg, Aventis' new European corporate centre.
He takes responsibility for communications with the international business and financial media, and is also the global media relations contact and corporate spokesman for the group.
A team of six press officers reports to Tilger - three based in Strasbourg, and three in New York. He reports, in turn, to Dr Friedmar Nusch, head of corporate communications.
Aventis does not retain any agencies for its corporate and financial relations. Tilger said this area was 'so sensitive and crucial, we handle it ourselves. You have to be at the heart of the company.'
The main markets overseen by Tilger, who is German, are New York, Paris, London and Germany. He was the only press officer to make the move from Frankfurt, where Hoechst was headquartered, to Strasbourg, which was chosen for its strong history and central location.