DARMSTADT, GERMANY — AB Enzymes, a division of Associated British Foods, has named Karl-Heinz Maurer as director of business development. Prior to joining AB Enzymes, Dr. Maurer was head of the biotechnology group for Henkel, a consumer goods company.

Dr. Maurer’s primary responsibilities with AB Enzymes will be on the development of second generation biofuels from biomass and the entry of the company into new markets.

“Attracting Karl to join us was a very good opportunity to utilize his substantial know-how and network in the industry and is another step toward building the innovative and customer-focused organization we aspire to be.” said Aryan Moelker, chief executive officer of AB Enzymes.

AB Enzymes produces enzymes for applications ranging from bakery and beverage to animal feed.