Tom Knutzen, Jungbunzlauer Group CEO, has made the decision to retire from his operational role and will therefore step down as CEO by 30 April 2022. Bruno Tremblay has been appointed incoming CEO by Jungbunzlauer’s Board of Directors, effective 1 May 2022.
Alexander Kahane, Chairman, states: “I am pleased that we, after a thorough process, have been able to engage Bruno Tremblay to succeed Tom Knutzen as CEO for the Jungbunzlauer Group. As background he has an impressive international career within the CropScience business in Rhône Poulenc, Aventis and Bayer working out of France, Germany, Indonesia, Morocco, Singapore and Spain. Since 2018 Bruno has been located in Basel, Switzerland, as Executive Vice President, EMEA for the CropScience Division accountable for a regional business of 4 bn USD in sales with a total staff of 6,000”.
Bruno Tremblay looks forward to taking on the new role, stating: “It is with engagement and respect I have accepted the position as CEO for Jungbunzlauer. I see a great purpose in the bio-based business model based on renewable raw materials and a strong focus on sustainability. The past achievements of Jungbunzlauer are a testimony of a competent organisation, a clear strategy and ownership with focus on the long-term value creation for all stakeholders. I am extremely honoured and excited about the opportunity to lead the Jungbunzlauer organisation and to engage with all the talented colleagues around the world”.
Alexander Kahane adds: “Our company has developed beyond expectations since Tom Knutzen took over as CEO almost 10 years ago. We have doubled the sales in EUR while improving our profitability allowing us to invest in the core of the company. From capacity, processes, people and biotechnology to new products, applications, go-to-market model and a more sustainable profile. Such achievement can only be made by the effort and competences of many people. But for the leadership and ability to engage the organisation to achieve these remarkable results I thank Tom for a very well done job”.
Tom Knutzen states: “Change is a source of energy. Joining Jungbunzlauer in 2012 opened my eyes for a company with special qualities, values and capabilities. I have learned so much, built many deep business relationships and have enjoyed every step of the journey. I know the future for Jungbunzlauer is bright and beyond my personal motives for stepping down now I believe that the change in leadership is a great opportunity to find new energy and inspiration bringing Jungbunzlauer even further on.”
Once the transition is completed the Board of Directors intends to elect Tom Knutzen as a board member of Jungbunzlauer Holding AG.
About Bruno Tremblay
Bruno Tremblay is a French national born in 1972.
He holds a BSc in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School and a Global Executive MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and HEC Paris.