Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Richard Ridinger has been the Chief Executive Officer at Lonza Group AG (alternate name Lonza Group Ltd) since May 1, 2012. Mr. Ridinger served as the Head of SBU Care Chemicals at Cognis Benelux BV from 2002 to 2006. He served as an Executive Vice President of Care Chemicals at BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH from October 1, 2006 to 2010 and its Member of Management Board until 2010. He served as an Executive Vice President of Cognis Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG since September 27, 2006 and served as Head of SBU Care Chemicals since 2001 and Member of Management Board. He was responsible for Care Chemicals. He started as a scientific employee in the sector of process technology at Henkel Research and Technology from February 1986 to 1988. He served numerous leadership functions at Henkel for 14 years and Cognis for 11 years. Mr. Ridinger served as Production engineer in the fatty alcohol production. He served as Production Manager for the Fatty Chemical Derivatives production since 1992 and from 1995 onwards, additionally for the section Organic Products. He took over the management of the newly grounded organization for the production of derivatives in Düsseldorf in 1997. He transferred to the Care Chemicals business in 1999 as the Global Business Director for Skin Care. He served as Group Vice President of Care Chemicals at BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH. He served as Vice President of the global Care Chemicals - Specialties - business of Cognis from 2000 to 2002; Director of global Skin Care Ingredients Business at Henkel KGaA/Cognis GmbH from 1999 to 2000. He held various positions at the Henkel KGaA from 1986 to 1999 and Head of the Oleochmical Derivatives Productions - Organisation from 1997 to 1999 and Production Manager in several production departments from 1992 to 1997 and also Production Engineering & Maintenance from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Ridinger studied Chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.