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)
  • 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)


Haag Toralf
Toralf Haag (1966) Holds a degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg and a Ph.D. from the University of Kiel

  • Member of the Executive Committee and Chief Financial Officer (since 2005)
  • Worked as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board at Norddeutsche Affinerie AG, Hamburg (2002-2005)
  • CEO President Stamping & Frame Division of The Budd Company Detroit, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Automotive (2000-2001)
  • Director Finance, M&A and Corporate Development, The Budd Company Detroit (1997-1999)
  • Assistant to the CEO of Thyssen Handelsunion AG, Düsseldorf (1994-1996)

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)



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)