Former Members of the Executive Committee

Sven Abend

Sven Abend

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Specialty Ingredients Segment (from January 2016 until July 2020) and Member of the Executive Committee (from July 2014 until July 2020)
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)

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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 until 12 November 2019)
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) (from 2016 until March 2019) and Member of the Executive Committee (from 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