Ridinger Richard

Richard Ridinger (1958) Holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe


  • Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Committee (since May 2012)
  • Member of the Board of Firmenich (since October 2016)
  • Transfer and integration of Cognis into BASF (2011)
  • Member of the Management Board of Cognis and Executive Vice President Care Chemicals of Cognis (2006-2010)
  • SBU - Head of Cognis - Care Chemicals and member of the Cognis - Executive Committee (2002 – 2006)
  • Vice President of the global Care Chemicals - Specialties - business of Cognis (2000 - 2002)
  • Director global Skin Care Ingredients Business at Henkel KGaA/Cognis GmbH (1999 – 2000)
    • Various positions at the Henkel KGaA (1986 – 1999)
    • Head of the Oleochmical Derivatives Productions - Organisation (1997-1999
    • Production Manager in several production departments (1992 - 1997)
    • Production Engineering and Maintenance (1988 - 1992) 
    • Research and Technology (1986 - 1988)

CV of Richard Ridinger (PDF) 

 Abend Sven  

Sven Abend (1968) Holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany, and a post-doctorate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of New York in Stony Brook (USA)


  • Member of the Executive Committee and COO LSI (since January 2016) 
  • Member of Executive Committee with primary responsibility for Corporate Strategy and Business Development (July 2014 – December 2015)
  • CEO of Kolb Ltd in Hedingen, Switzerland (2012-2014)
  • Business Manager for Kolb’s divisions focusing on specialty surfactants and custom manufacturing (2010-2012)
  • Director of Corporate Key Account Management at Cognis in Germany (2003-2010)  
  • Project Scientist for the R&D Home & Personal Care business at Unilever in the UK (2000-2003)

CV of Sven Abend (PDF) 

Func Mark

Marc Funk (1960) Holds a Master of Law from the University of Geneva and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tuft University MA)            


  • Member of the Executive Committee and COO
  • Member of the Executive Committee (CLO), Group General Counsel and Board Secretary (2009-2014)
  • Associate General Counsel of Merck Serono (formerly Serono) (2004-2008)
  • General Counsel of GeneProt (2000-2004)
CV of Marc Funk (PDF) 

Fridtjof Helemann (1954) holds a degree in Production Engineering and Organization from the University of Siegen (DE)

  • Appointed to the Executive Committee in January 2017
  • Chief Human Resources Officer in June 2016
  • 30 years of experience as an HR executive leader in different industries
  • Managing Partner and President Global Coaching of Oxford Leadership
  • CEO and Partner Mercer Inc. Central Europe and General Manager of Right Management for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Other roles in HR consulting, including Partner at Hay Group and Managing Director at Kienbaum
  • Corporate Vice President HR Henkel AG
  • HR Manager at Daimler-Benz
  • Certified Professional Executive Coach from the Coaches Training Institute in California

CV of Fridtjof Helemann (PDF) 

Rodolfo Savitzky

Rodolfo Savitzky (1962) Holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago


  • Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Committee (since October 2016)
  • Vice President, Controller Lonza Pharma&Biotech (2015 - 2016)
  • Division CFO Novartis Animal Health (2011 - 2015)
  • Business Unit Head of Finance Novartis Animal Health (2006 - 2011)
  • Head of Strategy Planning and Analysis, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2004 - 2005)
  • Head of Business Planning and Analysis, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2003 - 2004)
  • Head of Finance Ophthalmic Business Unit, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2002 – 2003)
  • Various positions at P&G (1990 – 2001)

 CV of Rodolfo Savitzky (PDF)