Evotec appoints Dr Christian Wojczewski as CEO

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The Supervisory Board of Evotec SE has appointed Dr Christian Wojczewski as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective 01 July 2024. The election was unanimous and is the result of an extensive selection process that began in January.

Dr Mario Polywka, who has led Evotec as Interim CEO since 03 January 2024, will retire from his position at the end of June and will also not seek re-election for his dormant Supervisory Board mandate, which expires with the 2024 Annual General Meeting.

Dr Christian Wojczewski holds a degree in chemistry and has over 20 years of experience in various management positions, most recently as CEO of Mediq and at Linde Healthcare. With his appointment, Evotec gains an experienced CEO from the healthcare industry with extraordinary success in the transformation of companies.

Prof. Dr Iris Löw-Friedrich, Chairperson of Evotec’s Supervisory Board, stated: “Dr Wojczewski is the ideal candidate to become the next CEO of Evotec. His impressive track record in building and leading large, high-performing life science organisations will be a perfect match for Evotec’s already very strong scientific teams. With his deep operational and transformational expertise, Dr Wojczewski brings all the skills and experience needed to adapt and shape Evotec’s strategy going forward and we wish him all the best for a successful start. On behalf of all members of the Supervisory Board, I also express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Mario for taking charge of the Company in a challenging time – as well as for his continued leadership and for his support in the selection process.”

Dr Christian Wojczewski, Evotec’s designated Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted to join Evotec SE as its new CEO, and I look forward to leading the Company into the next phase of its evolution. Evotec is a leader in offering end-to-end R&D services and solutions to the life sciences industry. Evotec’s main success drivers are its best-in-class drug discovery and development platforms and the quality and expertise of its dedicated people. Together with the great people at Evotec and our partners we will continue to drive full speed for Medicines that Matter.”

Dr Mario Polywka, Evotec’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, added: “Dr Christian Wojczewski is an experienced healthcare industry executive with a long track record of establishing high performance teams, critical top and bottom-line focus, and strong customer orientation. I have full confidence in his ability to lead Evotec and its smart people into a bright future.”

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