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.

Albert M. Baehny, Chairman and CEO a.i

Chairman of the Board of Directors (since 2018), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ad interim (since November 2019)
On 12 November 2019, Albert M. Baehny took on the responsibilities as CEO ad interim until a permanent successor is found. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lonza Group Ltd (since April 2017).

Albert M. Baehny holds a degree in biology from the University of Fribourg (CH).

Current Activities and Functions

Public Company Boards:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Investis Group Holding SA (since 2016)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Geberit AG (since 2011)
Former Activities and Functions
  • CEO of Geberit Group (2005-2014)
  • Head of Group Division Marketing and Sales Europe for Geberit Group (2003–2004)
  • Senior Vice-President at Wacker Chemie AG (2001–2002)
  • Various Marketing, Sales, Strategic Planning and Global Management Positions with:
    • Vantico (2000–2001)
    • Ciba-Geigy / Ciba Specialty Chemicals (1994–2000)
    • Dow Chemicals Europe (1981–1993)
    • Serono-Hypolab (1979–1981)

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)
Sven Abend

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Specialty Ingredients Segment (since January 2016) and Member of the Executive Committee (since July 2014)
Sven Abend holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel and a post-doctorate from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of New York in Stony Brook, NY (USA).

Former Activities and Functions
  • CEO of Kolb Ltd in Hedingen (CH) (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)

Former Members of the Executive Committee

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Marc Funk

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (from March 2019 until 12 November 2019) and Member of the Executive Committee (from April 2012)
Marc Funk holds a Master of Law from the University of Geneva (CH) and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School - Tufts University, MA (USA).

Current Activities and Functions
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Polar Foundation (since 2019)
Former Activities and Functions
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pharma & Biotech Segment (2014–2019)
  • 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)

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Richard Ridinger

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Member of the Executive Committee (from May 2012 until February 2019)
Richard Ridinger holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (DE).

Current Activities and Functions
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Novo Advisory Group (since 2019)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Firmenich International SA (since 2016)
Former Activities and Functions
  • Transfer and integration of Cognis GmbH into BASF (2011)
  • Member of the Management Board and Executive Vice-President “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 of the global Skin Care Ingredients business at Henkel KGaA / Cognis GmbH (1999–2000)
  • Various positions at Henkel KGaA in R&D, Engineering and Production Management (1986–1999)

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Fridtjof Helemann

Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) (since 2016 until March 2019) and Member of the Executive Committee (since February 2017 until March 2019)
Fridtjof Helemann holds a degree in engineering from the University of Siegen (DE) and is a Certified Professional Coach from the Coaches Training Institute in California (USA).

Current Activities and Functions
  • Mentor at Merryck & Co (since 2019)
  • Chairman of GetUp Coaching GmbH (since 2019)
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