Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Ernst Bärtschi

Ernst Bärtschi

lic. oec. HSG, born 1952, Swiss citizen

Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2014

Ernst Bärtschi has been a member of the advisory board of the private-equity investor CRCI (China) since 2012. In 2002, he joined Sika Ltd, Baar, where he worked until 2004 as chief financial officer and from 2005 until 2011 as chief executive officer. After working at Nestlé, Vevey, Ernst Bärtschi occupied various management positions between 1980 and 2002 at the Schindler Group, Ebikon, including managing director of Schindler Switzerland and chief financial officer of the Schindler Group.

Dr. Roland Abt

Dr. Roland Abt

Dr. oec. HSG, born 1957, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2014
Chairman of the Audit Committee

Dr. Roland Abt is a member of the board of directors of Swisscom AG, Bern, and chairman of the board of directors of Aargau Verkehr AG (AVA), Aarau. Previously, between 2004 and 2017, he was chief financial officer at Georg Fischer Ltd., Schaffhausen, which he joined in 1996, initially working as chief financial officer for the Agie Charmilles Group (1997 to 2004). He held various positions at the Eternit Group in Switzerland and in Venezuela (1987 to 1996).

Dr. Matthias Auer

Dr. Matthias Auer

Dr. iur., born 1953, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1996
Member of the Audit Committee

Dr. Matthias Auer has been an independent attorney and notary public in Glarus since 1981. He is also vice-chairman of the board of the Cooperative Migros Zurich.

Robert F. Spoerry

Robert F. Spoerry

Dipl. Masch.-Ing. ETH, MBA, born 1955, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1996
Member of the Compensation Committee

Robert F. Spoerry is chairman of the board of directors of Mettler-Toledo International Inc., Greifensee, which he also headed as CEO from 1993 until 2007, and of Sonova Holding Ltd., Stäfa.

Jacob Schmidheiny

Jacob Schmidheiny

lic. oec. publ., born 1943, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1977
(serving as its Chairman from 1984 to April 2014)

Since 1977, Jacob Schmidheiny has been a member of the Board of Directors of Conzzeta AG, previously Zürcher Ziegeleien, which he chaired from 1984 until 2014. In 1976, he was appointed to the Executive Committee of Zürcher Ziegeleien. He was Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1978 until 2001. Under the leadership of Jacob Schmidheiny, the Group transformed itself from a supplier of construction materials into the current industrial holding company.

Urs Riedener

Urs Riedener

lic. oec. HSG, born 1965, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2014
Member of the Compensation Committee

Urs Riedener has been chief executive officer at Emmi, Lucerne since 2008. Until 2008, he headed the Marketing department and was a member of the general management at the Federation of Migros Cooperatives MGB in Zurich. From 1995 until 2000, he worked at the Lindt & Sprüngli Group, Kilchberg, in various management roles nationally and internationally. He started his career working in various positions at Kraft Jacobs Suchard. Urs Riedener is also a member of the board of Promarca (Swiss Association of Brand Articles), a member of the board of the Swiss Management Association (SMG) and a member of the executive committee of the Institute for Marketing at the University of St. Gallen.

Dr. Heinz O. Baumgartner

Dr. Heinz O. Baumgartner

Dr. oec. HSG., born 1963, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2021
Member of the Compensation Committee

Dr. Heinz O. Baumgartner has been managing Schweiter Technologies as Group CEO since 2008. Previously, he was Group CFO at the same company from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 1995, he worked for Asea Brown Bovery Switzerland as Controller. Heinz O. Baumgartner is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Grinding Group since 2018 and a member of the Board of Directors of Schweiter Technologies since 2020.

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