Board of Directors

Jörg Walther (CH)

Chairman | non-executive member

Jörg Walther has been a Partner at Schärer Attorneys at Law in Aarau (CH) since 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he also was Head Corporate Services and a member of the Executive Committee at Resun AG, Aarau. Jörg Walther worked as Senior Legal Counsel M&A and Antitrust for Novartis in Basel/Switzerland from 2001 to 2009, and from 2006 held the position of Global Head Legal M&A and Antitrust and served as member of the Group Legal Executive Committee. Before this, between 1995 and 2001, he worked at ABB Asea Brown Boveri in Zurich and Baden (CH), including as Group Vice President M&A, Head of Communications and Special Projects for the Building Technology division and Senior Legal Counsel for ABB Switzerland. From 1991 to 1995 he served as Legal Counsel and Group General Counsel a.i. for the corporate law department of Danzas AG, Basel (CH). He is admitted to the bar in Switzerland and holds a law degree from the University of Zurich, a post-graduate degree in European economic law from the University of St. Gallen and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago (Illinois). In addition, he completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Oxford (UK) as well as executive trainings in business strategy and finance at the Harvard Business School in Boston (USA). Jörg Walther is a member of faculty at the University of Zurich for the postgraduate LL.M. and CAS Mergers & Acquisitions program. He is a member of the Board of Directors of SFS Group AG, Huber+Suhner AG, Zehnder Group AG (Vice-Chairman), Proderma AG (Chairman), AEW Energie AG, Kraftwerk Augst AG and Immobilien AEW AG and chaired the Special Expert Committee of Sika AG.

Dr. Svein Richard Brandtzæg (NO)

non-executive member

Dr. Svein Richard Brandtzæg is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Veidekke ASA (NO). From 2009 to 2019 he was President & CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA (NO). Before his role as President & CEO of Norsk Hydro, he held various positions at the company between 1985 and 2009, including management positions such as President of Hydro Magnesium, President of Metal Products, President of Rolled Products and Executive Vice President of Aluminium Products. From 2014 to 2020 Brandtzæg was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and from 2009 to 2019 he was a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT). Besides his current role as Chairman of the Board at Veidekke ASA, he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Eramet (NO) and Sibelco (BE) since 2019. Svein Richard Brandtzæg holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology/NTNU in Trondheim (NO), where he also obtained his PhD degree at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry. Between 1998 and 2006 he attended several executive education programs at IMD, Harvard Business School and the Wharton and International Forum. Since 2020 Svein Richard Brandtzæg is the Vice Chair of Den Norske Bank ASA.

David Metzger (CH/FR)

non-executive member

David Metzger currently serves as Managing Director Investments of Liwet Holding AG, where he provides consulting services to a range of international companies in the area of investments and portfolios. From 2011 until 2018, David Metzger worked for the Renova Group, first as CFO of Venetos Management AG, subsequently as Deputy Managing Director Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Development of Renova Management AG, and ultimately as Managing Director Investments. Prior to this, David Metzger worked as Investment Executive at Good Energies AG (part of COFRA Holding, CH), a highly renowned renewable energy fund. During this time he additionally served as CFO and Board member of several portfolio companies. Before Good Energies, David Metzger was a Senior Manager at Bain & Company, focusing on strategy and private equity. Besides his executive positions, he has at present one other non-executive appointment as a member of the Board of Directors of Italy-based company Octo Telematics. David Metzger holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics (lic. oec.) from the University of Zurich (CH) and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, FR).

 

Dr. Michael Schwarzkopf (AT)

non-executive member

Dr. Michael Schwarzkopf has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Plansee Group, Reutte (A), since 2017. At Plansee, he was a member of the Executive Board from 1993 to 2017, serving as its Chairman from 1996 to 2017. Before joining the Plansee Group, he was Managing Director of Sintermex S.A. de C.V. in Quéreatro (MX) from 1991 to 1993. After completing a trainee program at Thyssen AG in Düsseldorf (DE) in 1989, he moved to Sinterstahl GmbH in Füssen (DE), where he worked as Manager Corporate Development from 1989 to 1991. His Board of Directors mandates included those at voestalpine AG, Linz (A) from 2004 to 2018, Molibdenos y Metales S.A. from 2011 to 2018, Molyporc Inc. from 2013 to 2019 and at Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG in Vienna (A) from 2009 to 2019. Dr. Michael Schwarzkopf holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) as well as a PhD in materials sciences from the University of Leoben.

Karin Sonnenmoser (DE)

non-executive member

Karin Sonnenmoser has been Chief Financial Officer of Ceconomy AG, Düsseldorf (DE) since 2019. She was previously Chief Financial Officer of Zumtobel Group AG in Dornbirn (A) from 2014 to 2018. Prior to joining Zumtobel, Karin Sonnenmoser was Managing Director Finance and Controlling at Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH and at Gläserne Manufaktur GmbH (DE) from 2010 to 2014. From 2007 to 2010 she was Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Legal, Strategy and Organization, IT, Investment Management and Process Management at Autovision GmbH (today Volkswagen Group Services GmbH). Before this, she was Head of the General Secretariat of the Volkswagen Brand Group and Secretary General of the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen AG between 2002 and 2006. From 1996 to 2002 she held various positions in Controlling and Accounting of the Volkswagen Brand Group and SEAT S.A., Spain. From February 2014 through April 2020, Karin Sonnenmoser was a member of the Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH, Berlin, (DE) and between July 2016 and July 2019 she was a member of the supervisory board of Schweizer Electronic AG. Karin Sonnenmoser holds a degree in business studies from the University of Augsburg (DE) with a focus on controlling/auditing and marketing, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton (Ohio, USA).

Adrian Widmer (CH)

non-executive member

Adrian Widmer has been Group CFO of Sika AG, a global specialty chemical company based in Baar, Switzerland, since 2014. Previously, he was Head Group Controlling and M&A at Sika from 2007 to 2014. Since June 2020, Adrian Widmer has been a Board Member and Member of the Audit Committee of Sonova AG, Switzerland. Between 1995 and 2007 Adrian Widmer held various management positions, including Managing Director Construction Systems Germany/Austria/Switzerland at BASF (Degussa) Construction Chemicals, Switzerland, from 2005 to 2007 and Head of Finance, Finance Director Business Line Flooring Europe, and Manager Corporate Finance at Degussa Construction Chemicals, Switzerland, from 2000 to 2005. Adrian Widmer was Manager M&A at Textron Industrial Products in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland from 1997 to 2000. From 1995 to 1997 he worked as Market Development Manager at Textron Inc. in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, from 1994 to 1995, he served as Business Analyst at Nordostschweizer Kraftwerke (NOK) in Switzerland. Adrian Widmer holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and has completed the Advanced Management Program of INSEAD Fontainebleau, France and company Executive Trainings at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Jens Alder (CH)

Former Chairman (until December 22, 2020) | non-executive member

Jens Alder is Executive Chairman of Alpiq Holding Ltd. in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2019, and Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2015. Between 2009 and 2018, he was a Board member of several companies, including CA, Inc., New York, USA, from which positions he largely resigned after joining Alpiq. Over the past decade, Jens Alder has served as Chairman of various companies including Goldbach Group AG, Küsnacht, Switzerland, Sanitas Health Insurances, Zurich, Switzerland, BG Ingénieurs Conseils, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Industrielle Werke Basel, Switzerland. From 2006 to 2008 he was CEO of TDC A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 1999 to 2006, he was CEO of Swisscom AG, based in Berne, Switzerland. Jens Alder previously held management positions at Swisscom, Alcatel Switzerland, Motor-Columbus, Alcatel STR, and Standard Telephon & Radio. Jens Alder holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.