Stephan B. Tanda (Austrian) studied polymer engineering at the University of Leoben, Austria, and Business Administration at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Stephan started his career in 1991 with DuPont, where he held increasingly responsible positions in Europe and the United States. In 1998 he was appointed Director Corporate Planning and later Vice President Strategic Planning & New Business Development Agriculture, Nutrition and Bio-Based Materials for DuPont in the USA. In 2000 he was appointed President of Protein Technologies International, Inc. and later President and CEO of The Solae Company, an innovative food ingredient Joint Venture between DuPont and Bunge.
In 2004 Stephan was appointed President and CEO of Freudenberg Nonwovens, a global group of industrial businesses, based in Weinheim, Germany, and Durham, USA.
Stephan joined DSM on 1 March 2007 and became a member of the Managing Board on 1 May 2007, where he is responsible for the Nutrition Cluster. In addition he has corporate responsibilities for the Americas, Switzerland, and the Sales and Marketing functions. On 28 April 2011 he was re-appointed for a new term of four years ending in 2015.
Supervisory directorships and other positions held:
- Board member of EuropaBio (European Biotechnology Industry Association)
- Board member of scienceindustries (Swiss business association for the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries)
- Board member of Bio (US Biotechnology Industry Organization)