Mr. Dormann, 65, is Chairman of ABB Ltd (formerly Asea Brown Boveri), a leading Swiss-based provider of power and automation technologies serving a broad base of utility, industrial and commercial customers.
Commenting on the appointment, BG Group's Chairman Sir Robert Wilson said: "Jurgen Dormann is a business leader of considerable repute. He has experience of many different industries and in several countries. I am sure he will bring valuable new perspectives to our strategy and decision-making."
Based in Switzerland, ABB operates in around 100 countries and employs 102,000 people. Mr. Dormann became Chairman of ABB in 2001 and Chief Executive in 2002, having been a non-executive director since 1998. He is widely credited for turning around the company's fortunes, selling non-core assets and focusing ABB on its two core strengths of power and automation technologies. Mr. Dormann stepped down as Chief Executive on January 1, 2005, continuing his role as Chairman.
Prior to his roles at ABB, Mr. Dormann had a successful career at Hoechst and Aventis spanning almost forty years. He became Chief Executive of Hoechst in 1994 and led the merger with Rhone Poulenc to form Aventis in 1999, becoming Chief Executive of the combined group.
Mr Dormann's current non-executive roles include Vice Chairman of the Board at Sanofi-Aventis (France), Member of the Board at Adecco SA (Switzerland) and IBM (USA).
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