Martin Brudermüller was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1961. In 1980 he started studying Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and received his degree in 1985. After earning his doctorate in Karlsruhe in 1987, he did a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, United States.
He joined BASF in 1988 as a research scientist in the Ammonia Laboratory. Subsequently, he had various positions in business, production and strategic planning until he became president of the Functional Polymers division in 2003. Brudermüller has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since 2006. Initially, he was responsible for the Asia Pacific region headquartered in Hong Kong, as well as the Performance Materials division. From 2011 he assumed the position of the Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), with responsibility for the divisions Petrochemicals, Monomers, Intermediates, Process Research & Chemical Engineering, Innovation Management, Digitalization in Research & Development, BASF New Business, as well as Corporate Technology & Operational Excellence.
Since May 2018 Martin Brudermüller is the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), responsible for the following divisions: Legal, Taxes, Insurance & Intellectual Property, Corporate Development, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Senior Executive Human Resources, Investor Relations, Compliance, BASF 4.0, Corporate Technology & Operational Excellence, Digitalization in Research & Development, and Innovation Management.
He is member of various institutions and academies, including the Senate Committees of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).