Ridinger Richard

Richard Ridinger holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe.

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Member of the Executive Committee (since May 2012)
  • Member of the Board of Firmenich International SA (since October 2016)

Former activities and functions:

  • Transfer and integration of Cognis GmbH into BASF (2011)
  • Member of the Management Board and Executive VicePresident “Care Chemicals” of Cognis GmbH (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 GmbH (2000– 2002)
  • Director global Skin Care Ingredients Business at Henkel KGa A / Cognis GmbH (1999– 2000)
  • Various positions at Henkel KGa A in R&D, Engineering and Production Management (1986–1999)  

CV of Richard Ridinger (PDF) 

 Abend Sven  

Sven Abend holds a PhD in Chemistry from the ChristianAlbrechtsUniversität in Kiel, and a postdoctorate from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of New York in Stony Brook

  • Chief Operating Officer (COO) Specialty Ingredients Segment (since January 2016) and Member of the Executive Committee (since July 2014)

Former activities and functions:

  • CEO of Kolb Ltd in Hedingen, Switzerland (2012–2014)
  • Business Manager for Kolb’s divisions focusing on specialty surfactants and custom manufacturing (2010–2012)
  • Several senior positions in Global Product Management and ultimately as Director of Corporate Key Account Management at Cognis GmbH 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 holds a Master of Law from the University of Geneva and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University, MA).

  • Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pharma&Biotech Segment (since May 2014) and Member of the Executive Committee (since April 2012)

Former activities and functions:

  • Group General Counsel and Board Secretary Lonza Group Ltd (2009–2014)
  • Associate General Counsel of Merck Serono (formerly Serono) (2004–2008)
  • Co-CEO and General Counsel of GeneProt (2000–2004)

CV of Marc Funk (PDF) 

Fridtjof Helemann holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Siegen (DE)

  • Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) (since 2016) and Member of the Executive Committee (since February 2017) 

Former activities and functions:

  • Managing Partner and President of Oxford Leadership (2014–2016)
  • Partner and CEO Mercer Inc. Central Europe (2011–2014)
  • Vice President and General Manager Central and Eastern Europe at Right Management (2010–2011)
  • Corporate Vice President HR Henkel AG (2003–2009)
  • Various HR consulting roles: Partner Hay Group and MD Kienbaum              

CV of Fridtjof Helemann (PDF) 

Savitzky Rodolpho

Rodolfo Savitzky 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 (CFO) and Member of the Executive Committee (since October 2016)

Former activities and functions:

  • 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)