Dr. Rudolf Staudigl studied chemistry at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, obtaining his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat) in 1981. After post-doctoral research at Harvard University (Cambridge, USA) and Ludwig Maximilian University, he joined Wacker Chemitronic in 1983. Rudolf Staudigl became Vice President of Operations at Wacker Siltronic Corporation (Portland, Oregon, USA) in 1989 and President a year later. He joined the Executive Board of Wacker Chemitronic in 1993. In 1995, Rudolf Staudigl was appointed to the Executive Board of Wacker Chemie. In May 2008, Rudolf Staudigl was appointed President & CEO of Wacker Chemie AG.