Executive Committee

The members of the Executive Committee are appointed by the Board of Directors. Lonza’s Executive Committee performs the duties assigned to it by the Board of Directors under the terms of the Regulations Governing Internal Organization and Board Committees. It is responsible for managing Lonza worldwide and for implementing policies and strategies as defined by the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee supports and coordinates the activities of the segments, the corporate functions and the global business service organization. The Executive Committee is also responsible for leadership development.

Pierre-Alain Ruffieux, PhD

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Member of the Executive Committee (since November 2020)
Pierre-Alain Ruffieux holds a doctorate in Biotechnology and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne (CH).

Former Activities and Functions
  • Head of Global Pharma Technical Operations & Member Pharma Executive Team, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (2017–2020)
  • Head of Quality and Compliance, Global Pharma Technical Operations, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (2015–2017)
  • Head of Quality, Pharmaceutical Division & Member Pharmaceutical Executive Committee, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2012–2015)
  • Head of Global Pharma Technical Operations & Biologics Quality Assurance, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2010–2012)
  • Global Head of Quality for Biopharmaceutical, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (2009–2010)
  • Various positions in technical development and manufacturing at Novartis Pharmaceuticals & Sandoz, Novartis Group (2003–2009)
  • Various positions in technical development and manufacturing at Serono (now Merck Serono) (1998–2003)

Rodolfo J. Savitzky

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Executive Committee (since October 2016)
Rodolfo J. Savitzky holds a degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey (MX) and an MBA in finance and economics from the University of Chicago (USA).

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 Procter & Gamble (1990–2001)

Caroline Barth

Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Executive Committee (since 2020)
Caroline Barth holds a degree in European Business Studies from the University of Sunderland (UK) and an MBA from The Open University (Brussels, Belgium).

Former Activities and Functions
  • Global Head of Human Resources, Pharma, Novartis Pharma AG (2016–2020)
  • Global Head Pharma Strategy, Novartis, Pharma AG (2019)
  • Global Head of Human Resources, Pharma Manufacturing and Quality, Novartis Pharma AG (2014–2016)
  • Global Head of Human Resources, Central & Eastern Europe, Novartis Pharma AG (2013–2014)
  • VP, Human Resources Canada Pharma & Corporate HR Leader, Novartis Pharma AG (2010–2013)
  • Head of Talent Management, Organizational Development & Staffing, Europe, Novartis Pharma AG (2008–2010)
  • Head of Human Resources Global IT, Novartis Pharma AG (2006–2008)
  • Human Resources Integration Leader, Novartis Pharma AG (2004–2006)
  • HR Communications Leader, EMEA & APAC, Cisco Systems (2001–2003)
  • HR Generalist, Emerging Markets, Cisco Systems (1997–2001)

Stefan Stoffel

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pharma & Biotech Segment (since March 2019) and Member of the Executive Committee (since March 2019)
Stefan Stoffel holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Former Activities and Functions
  • Head of Lonza Pharma & Biotech Strategic Growth Investments and Ibex™ Solutions (2016–2019)
  • Head of Lonza Pharma & Biotech Operations (2013–2016)
  • General Manager of Lonza Chemical Operations Business Unit (2010–2013)
  • Head of Lonza’s Small Molecules Exclusive Synthesis Business Unit (2009–2010)
  • Head of Operations for Lonza’s Small Molecules Exclusive Synthesis Business Unit (2007–2009)
  • Various positions at Lonza in Engineering & Maintenance, Technical Management, Production and Operations Management for Lonza AG and Lonza Inc. (1991–2007)