Robert Koehler’s entered the world of business with a bang – or at least a provocation.
He had just turned 40 when he presented his plans for a restructuring of Hoechst to the chemical group’s bosses in Frankfurt. The managers shot him down. They thought his plans for a reorganization were just too radical.
A little later, though, Hoechst followed his vision and spun off the production of electrodes for the metal industry.
When the question arose as to who should head up the new company, Mr. Koehler’s name naturally came up.