4 March 2014 – Lonza today announced that the Board of Directors is proposing Barbara Richmond and Juergen Steinemann to be elected as new members of the Board at the next Annual General Meeting on 16 April 2014 at 10 a.m. In addition, Peter Wilden will not stand for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting.
“We regret that Peter Wilden is leaving the Lonza Board after many years in office,” said Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Lonza Board. “He has had an enduring impact on our organization and has guided us well through the years. We want to thank him for his dedicated service to Lonza.”
Commenting on the qualifications of the two new nominees, Mr. Soiron said, “By expanding the Board by one additional member, we are preparing our company for the future.
Barbara Richmond, for example, brings to Lonza extensive experience in audit and controlling functions, as well as global business growth strategies. And Juergen Steinemann brings Lonza broad knowledge in business leadership of global, nutrition-based companies.” Barbara Richmond holds a degree in Management Science from the University of Manchester and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England. Her career began as an auditor and management consultant for Arthur Andersen in 1981. After various financial controlling roles, she became Group CFO at Whessoe plc in 1993. In 1996 she joined the international specialty chemicals group Croda International plc as Group CFO. From 2002 to 2006, she served as both Group CFO and President of Active Ingredients and Industrial Chemicals. From 2006 to 2009, she was the Group CFO of Inchcape plc, where she gained additional experience in emerging markets. She joined Redrow plc in 2010, where she is Group CFO of this premium UK house builder.
Juergen Steinemann graduated from his studies in Economics/Business at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, London and Paris. Between 1990 and 1998, he was with the former Eridania Béghin-Say Group, where he held various senior positions in business-to-business marketing and sales, ultimately in the “Corporate Plan et Stratégie” unit at the head office in Paris. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Unilever’s former subsidiary Loders Croklaan. From 2001, he served as a member of the Executive Board and as Chief Operating Officer of Nutreco, a leading global animal nutrition and aquaculture company headquartered in the Netherlands. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Barry Callebaut in 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Dörken AG (Germany), as well as a member of the Board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.
A summarized curriculum vitae for both nominees is attached.