Ciba hires legal chief from Eastman Kodak

Ciba Specialty Chemicals has recruited the European general counsel of Eastman Kodak to head its legal function in its Basle head office in Switzerland.

Thomas Koch joins Ciba as its new head of law and environment and as secretary to the board. He replaces Hans-Ulrich Müller, who is retiring. Müller joined Ciba in 1990.

Ciba Speciality Chemicals was created from the five industrial divisions of the former Ciba-Geigy, which merged with Sandoz to form Novartis. The company was spun off from Novartis in 1997. The company operates in around 120 countries and in 2002 generated sales of SFr7.1bn (£3.05bn).

Koch previously worked at Deutsche Bank and Hewlett-Packard before joining Eastman Kodak in 2000.