Executive Committee

Portrait photo of Richard Ridinger (portrait)

Richard Ridinger

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Member of the Executive Committee (since May 2012)

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 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 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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Rodolfo Savitzky

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Executive Committee (since October 2016)

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, IL (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)
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Marc Funk

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pharma & Biotech Segment (since May 2014)
Member of the Executive Committee (since 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).

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)
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Sven Abend

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

Sven Abend holds a PhD 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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Fridtjof Helemann

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

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

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

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.

Members of the Executive Committee





Year of Birth










Richard Ridinger






Chief Executive Officer

Rodolfo Savitzky






Chief Financial Officer

Marc Funk






Chief Operating Officer Pharma & Biotech Segment

Sven Abend






Chief Operating Officer Specialty Ingredients Segment

Fridtjof Helemann






Chief Human Resources Officer

Limitation of Number of Mandates

According to Article 26 of the Lonza Articles of Association, no member of the Executive Committee may hold more than:

  • One additional mandate in a listed company;
  • Two additional mandates in non-listed companies;
  • Five mandates held at the request of Lonza or companies controlled by it;
  • Ten mandates in associations, charitable foundations, trusts and employee welfare foundations.

Mandates shall mean mandates in the supreme governing body of a legal entity that is required to be registered in the commercial register or a comparable foreign register. Mandates in different legal entities that are under joint control or in the same beneficial ownership are deemed to be a single mandate. Mandates in companies that are controlled by Lonza or that control Lonza are not subject to the limitation set forth above.

Management Contracts

Lonza Group Ltd has not entered into management contracts with companies or natural persons not belonging to the Group.