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8. Group Management

8.1. The Executive Committee

The (EC) consists of the CEO, the CFO, and two other members. The Executive Committee regularly holds meetings at the Corporate Center in Pratteln or at other Clariant sites worldwide. It uses such external meetings to discuss business performance with the management of the local companies in person.

8.2. Members of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprised the following members:

8.2.1. Hariolf Kottmann, German citizen, Executive Chairman ad interim from 24 July 2019 until 31 December 2020

Hariolf Kottmann acted as Executive Chairman ad interim from 24 July 2018 until 31 December 2020.*

Operational responsibilities: Group Auditing (jointly with the chairman of the Audit Committee); Group (since 1 April 2020); Group Communication; Group Legal; Group Human Resources.

Hariolf Kottmann earned his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Stuttgart in 1984. In 1985, he launched his career at the former Hoechst AG in Frankfurt, where he held several key management positions across the company’s chemical divisions and functions. In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Basic Chemicals Division at Hoechst AG and took responsibility for the Inorganic Chemicals Business Unit. In 1998, he joined Celanese Ltd in New Jersey (United States) as member of the and Head of the Organic Chemicals Business Unit. In April 2001, he was appointed member of the Executive Committee of SGL Carbon AG, where he was responsible for the Graphite Specialties, Corrosion Protection, and Advanced Materials Divisions as well as the Eastern Europe and Asia regions until 30 September 2008. He was also in charge of the SGL Excellence and Technology & Innovation corporate functions. He became CEO of Clariant on 1 October 2008 and held this position until 15 October 2018.

* The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Keijzer assumed his role on 1 January 2021.

8.2.2. Hans Bohnen, German citizen, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), EC member since 12 October 2018

Operational responsibilities: Business Unit ; Business Unit ; Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties; Business Unit Oil and Mining Services; Group Procurement Services (until 9 April 2020); Group Technology & Innovation; Digital4Clariant; regions Latin America and North America.

Hans Bohnen studied chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and holds an MBA from the Aston Business School. Hans Bohnen began his career in 1995 as a research chemist at Hoechst AG. Between 1995 and 2006, he held several senior positions in research & development and operations across Europe and North America for Hoechst AG, Celanese AG, and SGL Group.

From 2007 to 2009, he worked in strategic management consultancy with Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2010, he became Senior Vice President and Head of Clariant’s Business Unit . In 2015, he was appointed Head of Clariant’s Global Business Services to build up Clariant’s internal shared service organization. On 12 October 2018, he was appointed member of the Executive Committee of Clariant.

8.2.3. Bernd Hoegemann, German citizen, Executive Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer, EC member since 1 November 2019

Operational responsibilities: Business Unit Functional Minerals; Business Unit ; Business Unit Masterbatches (until the completion of the divestment effective 1 July 2020); Group Procurement Services (since 9 April 2020); Project Clariant 2021; Divestment Projects; ; Corporate Planning & Strategy; Corporate Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs (including Corporate ESHA); region Asia-Pacific (i.e. India, Southeast Asia & Pacific, Japan, Greater China).

In 2006, Bernd Hoegemann received his doctorate in economics from the University of Munster, Germany, where he had also completed his master’s degree in psychology. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hagen, Germany. He began his career as a consultant in 2000 and has held several positions as a senior consultant with renowned companies. In 2008, he joined Clariant, where he was responsible for Senior Management Development. From 2012 until 2017, he headed the Clariant Excellence unit. From 2015 until 2018, Bernd Hoegemann was Head of Corporate Planning & Strategy. He was appointed Head of the Business Unit Masterbatches in 2018 and, on 1 November 2019, appointed member of the Executive Committee of Clariant.

8.2.4. Patrick Jany, German citizen, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) until 31 March 2020

Operational responsibilities: Corporate Accounting; Corporate Controlling; Corporate Tax; Corporate Treasury; Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions; Group Finance Services; Global Business Services; Group Compliance; Group Information Technology; Investor Relations; regions Europe and Middle East & Africa.

Patrick Jany studied economics at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. He has been Chief Financial Officer at Clariant since 1 January 2006. In 1990, he joined Sandoz – one of Clariant’s predecessor companies. He held various positions in finance and controlling at Sandoz and Clariant, including Chief Financial Officer for the ASEAN region and Head of Controlling for the Pigments & Additives Division. From 2003 to 2004, he was Head of Country Organization for Clariant in Mexico. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he was Clariant’s Head of Corporate Development with responsibility for Group strategy and mergers and acquisitions.

8.2.5. Stephan Lynen, German citizen, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO), CFO and EC member since 1 April 2020

Operational responsibilities: Corporate Accounting; Corporate Controlling; Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Tax; Corporate Treasury; Global Business Services; Group Finance Services; Group Investor Relations; Group Information Technology; and the region Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Stephan Lynen studied business administration at the University of Cologne and economics and finance at University of California, Los Angeles, USA. In 1998, he joined Clariant as a corporate internal auditor and took various leading positions in finance at our headquarters, in Turkey, and in Japan and lead several M&A projects before becoming Head of Group Controlling. From 2013 to 2014, Stephan Lynen was the General Manager of Clariant’s Global Amines Company in Singapore. Starting in 2015, he held the position of Head of Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties for the Asia-Pacific region before starting his previous role as global Head of Business Unit Additives in 2016. On 1 April 2020, he was appointed CFO and member of the Executive Committee of Clariant.

8.3. Other activities and functions

While the members of the Executive Committee may undertake other activities in accordance with Article 38 para 2 of the , none of the members of the Executive Committee undertake other activities or hold consultancy functions or other offices, except for

  • Patrick Jany (with Clariant until 31 March 2020): member of the Board of Directors and of the Audit Committee of Comet Holding AG, Switzerland, since 25 April 2019 and, since 21 June 2019, independent Lead Director.

8.4. Management contracts with third parties

There are no management contracts with third parties.

8.5. Contractual arrangements for members of the Executive Committee

All members of the Executive Committee hold employment contracts with Clariant International Ltd, the Clariant Group’s management company. The contractual provisions are governed exclusively by Swiss law. Contracts of the members of the Executive Committee are subject to a standard notice period of twelve months.

Executive Committee

Management body of joint stock companies; at Clariant the Executive Committee currently comprises four members. View entire glossary


Compliance is a key element of Corporate Governance. It refers to compliance with the law and directives as well as with voluntary codes within the company. View entire glossary

Executive Committee

Management body of joint stock companies; at Clariant the Executive Committee currently comprises four members. View entire glossary


A substance added to products in small quantities to achieve certain properties or to improve a product. View entire glossary


A substance that lowers the activation energy, thereby increasing the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed by the reaction itself. View entire glossary


These are plastic additives in the form of granules with dyestuffs or other additives used to dye or alter the properties of natural plastic. View entire glossary


Pigments are substances used for coloring; they are used in a technical manner, for example in the manufacture of dyes, varnishes, and plastics. View entire glossary

Clariant Excellence (CLNX)

Clariant Excellence is an initiative launched in March 2009 with the aim of establishing a culture of continuous improvement. The four elements of Clariant Excellence are: Operational, Commercial, People, and Innovation Excellence. Clariant is adapting and refocusing its organization post divestments, Clariant Excellence will no longer exist in its current composition. View entire glossary

Joint venture

Joint ventures are all activities in which Clariant is involved with another partner. The accounting method applied for joint ventures depends on the specific conditions of the participation. View entire glossary