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Cognis Expands Management Board


Cognis has appointed Paul Allen, executive vice president functional products, Stephane Baseden, executive vice president nutrition & health, and Richard Ridinger, executive vice president care chemicals, to the Management Board. This step has been taken with the aim to further support its strategy of focusing on its customers’ demands and its innovation-driven markets even stronger.
Mr. Allen has been head of Cognis’ Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Functional Products since January 2006, and president of Cognis Corporation in the U.S. since February 2004. After studying at the University of Bath in the UK and the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, Mr. Allen went on to study at the London Institute of Purchasing and Supply. This was followed by positions at several international companies before becoming European business manager of Diamond Shamrock Process Chemicals in 1985. After it was acquired by Henkel, Mr. Allen took over as head of Henkel Canada in 1988. From 1991, he worked at Henkel Corporation (later Cognis) in the U.S.  in a variety of posts. Mr. Allen was in charge of the Nutrition & Health SBU from 2002 to October 2005.
Mr.  Baseden has been responsible for the SBU Nutrition & Health since November 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey, England, and an MBA from ISSEC, France. Prior to joining Cognis as managing director France in 2003 – a position he still holds today – he had more than 20 years experience of management positions in a variety of functions and locations within Unilever, where his last position was head of DiverseyLever Asia-Pacific. In 2004, Mr. Baseden took over the responsibility for Nutrition & Health Europe next to his role in France.
Mr. Ridinger has been in charge of the SBU Care Chemicals since 2001. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. He began as a scientific employee in process technology at Henkel Research and Technology in February 1986. Two years later, he was production engineer in the fatty alcohol production. In 1992, he was promoted to production manager for the Fatty Chemical Derivatives production and, from 1995 onwards, additionally for the section Organic Products. He took over management of the organization for the production of derivatives in Düsseldorf in 1997. He transferred to the Care Chemicals business in 1999 as global business director for skin care.