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Celonic Group with new CEO

Basel- and Heidelberg-based CDMO Celonic Group has appointed Dr Samanta Cimitan as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The new Celonic CEO, Samanta Cimitan, succeeds Dr Konstantin Matentzoglu, who is stepping down after 9 years as CEO. He intends to remain a member of the Celonic Board of Directors and will support the new CEO during the transition period. With more than 20 years of experience in working, teaching and studying life sciences, Cimitan is an expert in the CDMO industry with a special combination of scientific, commercial and operational know-how.

She joined Celonic in June 2022 as Chief Business Officer (CBO). Prior to that, Samantha Cimitan spent almost 13 years at Lonza, where she held several leadership positions in various commercial and strategic areas, including Vice President of Lonza Group Operations Strategy, where she developed and led transformation programmes in R&D, Operations and Commercial.

The global CDMO Celonic is part of the private and independent family-owned company J.RETTENMAIER & Söhne (JRS Group), with sites in Basel, Switzerland (Headquarters) and Heidelberg, Germany.