Chief Operating Officer
Strategy and Business Development
Mr. Sven Abend has been the Chief Operating Officer for Specialty Ingredients at Lonza Group Ltd since January 1, 2016. Mr. Abend served as Chief Strategy Officer at Lonza Group Ltd. from July 1, 2014 to January 1, 2016. Mr. Abend has primary responsibility for corporate Strategy and Business Development, as wellas Consumer Care and Industrial Solutions and ensures focused delivery of Lonza's growth strategy. He has a strong track record in establishing sustainable, profitable growth in challenging specialty markets. He began his career as a Scientist at Unilever's Home & Personal care division. After moving to Cognis, he rapidly advanced into positions of broader and increasing responsibilities, including roles in product and portfolio management and global key account management. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kolb Ltd., from 2012 to 2014. He served as Business Manager for Kolb’s divisions focusing on specialty surfactants and custom manufacturing from 2010 to 2012; Director of Corporate Key Account Management at Cognis in Germany from 2003 to 2010 and Project Scientist for the R&D Home & Personal Care business at Unilever in the UK from 2000 to 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany and worked on his post-doctorate at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, New York (USA).