Richard Ridinger

Portrait of Richard Ridinger

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)




Current activities and functions:

  • 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 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 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)