Basel, Switzerland, 19 August 2011 – Lonza Group Ltd (SIX: LONN), one of the world’s leading suppliers to the life science industries, announced today the appointment of Jeanne Thoma as Chief Operating Officer for Lonza’s Microbial Control sector (LMC) which will be created following the acquisition of Arch Chemicals. She will assume the role upon the successful closing of the acquisition and at this time will also become a member of the Lonza Management Committee reporting to Stefan Borgas, CEO.
On 11 July 2011 Lonza announced its intention to acquire Arch Chemicals to build the world’s leading Microbial Control business. The acquisition is currently under review by the regulatory authorities and is subject to their approval. The deal is expected to close later in 2011. Today's appointment has been made under the assumption that the acquisition will close successfully.
Jeanne was selected following a thorough and intensive internal and external assessment of all candidates. This appointment is an important step in building the leadership team of Lonza’s global microbial control business. Jeanne will shape the organizational structure of the Microbial Control sector that will be created, propose and appoint its first tier leadership team and drive the preparations for the integration of both organizations from a business perspective. Jeanne will be based in Basel (CH).
Jeanne brings more than 20 years of global business experience to her new position.
She joined Lonza in 2004 and since 2007 has served as the Global Head of the Business Unit, Microbial Control and President of Lonza Inc, a US legal entity. Prior to joining Lonza, Jeanne spent 15 years at BASF Corp holding various leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, Logistics and Supply Chain.
A native of New Jersey, USA, Jeanne holds dual US and Irish Citizenship. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters in Business Administration.
Lonza is one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. Products and services span its customers’ needs from research to final product manufacture. It is the global leader in the production and support of active pharmaceutical ingredients both chemically as well as biotechnologically. Biopharmaceuticals are one of the key growth drivers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza has strong capabilities in large and small molecules, peptides, amino acids and niche bioproducts which play an important role in the development of novel medicines and healthcare products. In addition, Lonza is a leader in cell-based research, endotoxin detection and cell therapy manufacturing. Furthermore, the company is a leading provider of value chemical and biotech ingredients to the nutrition, hygiene, preservation, agro and personal care markets.
Lonza is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. In 2010, the company had sales of CHF 2.680 billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com
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This communication is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation, an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Arch Chemicals. LG Acquisition Corp., Lonza’s indirect wholly owned subsidiary, has filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Arch Chemicals has filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer. Investors and Arch Chemicals shareholders are strongly advised to carefully read the tender offer statement (including the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and the related tender offer documents) and the related solicitation/recommendation statement, as well as any amendments thereto and other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available, because they will contain important information. Investors and Arch Chemicals shareholders may obtain a free copy of the tender offer statement, the solicitation/recommendation statement and other documents (when available) filed with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The tender offer statement and other documents that LG Acquisition Corp. files with the SEC may also be obtained free of charge by directing a request by mail to MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at 105 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016, by calling toll-free at +1 800 322 2885 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.