Matthias Zachert

Matthias Zachert was born in Bonn, Germany in 1967. He completed an industrial management apprenticeship at Mercedes-Benz AG before he studied business administration with a concentration in finance and international management from 1990 to 1995. He graduated with a degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann).

From 1999 to 2002, Matthias Zachert worked in Paris as Chief Financial Officer of the International Region of Aventis Pharma AG, which was formed by the merger of Hoechst Marion Roessel (HMR) and Rhône-Poulenc Rorer. Before the merger that created Aventis, he held various senior management positions in the pharmaceutical business of Hoechst AG. As of 2002 Matthias Zachert was Chief Financial Officer at Kamps AG, where he helped to restructure the company.

Matthias Zachert served as Chief Financial Officer of LANXESS AG from 2004 to 2011, where he played a key role in establishing the global finance organization, restructuring the portfolio, and realigning the Bayer spin-off.

From June 2011, he has been a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer at Merck KGaA.
Since April 1, 2014, Matthias Zachert is Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.

Dr. Hubert Fink

Dr. Hubert Fink was born in Jülich, Germany, in 1962. He studied process engineering at RWTH Aachen University, obtaining his doctorate in 1988. He completed a second diploma in business administration and engineering at RWTH Aachen University in 1992.

Fink joined Bayer AG in 1988. After holding various positions in production, plant engineering and the corporate staff division, he became head of Global Operations Semi-Crystalline Products in the Bayer Polymers subgroup in 2002.

When the LANXESS organization was set up in 2004, Fink became head of the Semi-Crystalline Products business unit. He has headed the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit since 2011.

Hubert Fink was appointed by the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG on September 22, 2015, to become Member of the Board of Management effective October 1, 2015.

Michael Pontzen

Michael Pontzen was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, in 1969. After obtaining a degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the Philipps University in Marburg, he started his career as assistant to the Management Board of Ferrostaal AG in Essen, Germany. In 1999, he joined MAN AG as a manager in Investor Relations before moving to EADS (now Airbus) in Munich, Germany, in August 2001, where he was a team leader in Investor Relations.

Pontzen joined LANXESS in November 2004 as head of the Investor Relations group function. In October 2008, he became head of Corporate Finance within the Treasury group function. He additionally assumed responsibility for Risk and Cash Management from spring 2009.

Pontzen has been head of the Corporate Controlling group function since January 2012.

Michael Pontzen was appointed by the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG on March 17, 2015, to become Chief Financial Officer of the specialty chemicals company effective April 1, 2015.

Dr. Rainier van Roessel

Dr. Rainier van Roessel was born on August 4, 1957, in Oisterwijk, Netherlands. He studied business administration at the University of Cologne, obtaining his doctorate (rerum politicarum) in 1988.

In the same year, he joined the Corporate Organization Department of Bayer AG as an internal advisor. In 1993, he became a strategy advisor in the Strategic Planning Department, where he helped to set up the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Unit. In 1997, van Roessel became Head of Strategic Marketing for Styrenics in the Plastics Business Group, and he was appointed Head of European Marketing for Polycarbonates in 2001. In the newly formed Bayer Polymers subgroup, he assumed responsibility for Global Operations Polyester/TPU/Films.

When LANXESS was established in 2004, he became Head of the Rubber Chemicals business unit, and in June 2006, he was additionally appointed Managing Director of LANXESS N.V., in Antwerp, Belgium.

On January 1, 2007, van Roessel was appointed to the Board of Management and became Labor Relations Director of LANXESS AG.