Heinrich Christen (CH)
Chairman | non-executive member
Heinrich Christen is a partner at BLR & Partners Ltd. in Zurich (CH). Before joining BLR & Partners in 2019, he held various positions at Ernst & Young (CH). Among other responsibilities, he was Managing Partner Family Business Switzerland and Liechtenstein and Industry Leader Medical Devices Industry EMEIA. From 1993 until 1997, he held the position of Head of Public Affairs + PR and was a Member of the Executive Committee of the two Swiss associations ASM/VSM (today Swissmem). Heinrich Christen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss companies AMAG Group AG, KIBAG Group and B. Curti Holding and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CP Pumpen AG. He is on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute of International Studies (SIAF) and the Association of Private Joint Stock Companies (VPAG), a member of the Foundation Board of the Textile Museum St. Gallen and the Curti Foundation, as well as a member of the European Trilateral Commission and the "Freedom.Entrepreneurship. Policy" Foundation. Heinrich Christen holds a title lic. phil. I in Philosophy, International Law, European Law and Modern History from the University of Zurich (CH), with further studies in Konstanz (GER) and Stanford (USA). He also holds an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
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.
Dr. Svein-Richard Brandtzæg (NO)
Svein Richard Brandtzæg is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Veidekke ASA (NO). From 2009 until 2019, he was President & CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA (NO), a global integrated energy and aluminum company with 36,000 employees in 40 countries. Before his role as President & CEO of Norsk Hydro, he held various positions at the company between 1985 and 2009, among others management positions such as President of Hydro Magnesium, President of Metal Products, President of Rolled Products or 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 he was a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) from 2009 to 2019. Besides his current role as Chairman of the Board at Veidekke ASA, he is also 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.
David Metzger (CH/FR)
David Metzger currently serves as Managing Director Investments of Witel AG, a company that provides consulting, investment and portfolio management advisory services to a range of international companies. 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 for Good Energies AG (part of COFRA Holding, Switzerland), a highly renowned renewable-energy fund, where he was an investment executive, and also 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 Board Member of Italy-based Octo Telematics. David Metzger holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).
Dr. Michael Schwarzkopf (AT)
Dr Michael Schwarzkopf has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Plansee Group, Reutte @, 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 (GER) in 1989, he moved to Sinterstahl GmbH in Füssen (GER), where he worked as Manager Corporate Development from 1989 to 1991. His Board of Directors mandates included those at voestalpine AG, Linz @ from 2004 to 2018 and at Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG in Vienna @ 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 title in materials sciences from Montanuniversität Leoben @.
Karin Sonnenmoser (DE)
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 @ from 2014 to 2018. Prior to joining Zumtobel, Karin Sonnenmoser was Managing Director Finance and Controlling at Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH and of Gläserne Manufaktur GmbH (DE) from 2010 to 2014. From 2007 to 2010, Karin Sonnenmoser was Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Legal, Strategy and Organisation, IT, Investment Management and Process Management at Autovision GmbH (today Volkswagen Group Services GmbH). Prior to 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, Karin Sonnenmoser held various positions in Controlling and Accounting of Volkswagen brand group and SEAT S.A., Spain. Since 2014 Karin Sonnenmoser has been a member of the Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Economic Committee of Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH, Berlin (GER). Karin Sonnenmoser holds a degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg (GER) with a focus on controlling/auditing and marketing, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton (Ohio, USA).
Jörg Walther (CH)
Jörg Walther is a partner of Schärer Attorneys at Law in Aarau/Switzerland since 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he also was a member of the Executive Committee and Head Corporate Services at Resun AG, Aarau. Prior to joining Schärer, Jörg Walther served at Novartis in Basel/Switzerland from 2001 to 2009 where he held the positions as Senior Legal Counsel M&A and as Global Head Legal M&A and Antitrust and Member of the Group Legal Executive Committee. Before, from 1995 to 2001, he worked at ABB Asea Brown Boveri as Group Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions, Head of Communications and Special Projects for ABB’s 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 Danzas Group. Jörg Walther 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 an MBA from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA). In addition, he completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Oxford (UK) as well as management educations on business strategy and finance at the Harvard Business School in Boston (USA). He is a member of the faculty for the post graduate LL.M. and CAS Program in M&A at the University of Zurich. Jörg Walther is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Proderma AG, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zehnder Group AG as well as member of the Boards of Directors of SFS Group AG, Huber+Suhner AG, AEW Energie AG, Kraftwerk Augst AG and Immobilien AEW AG. He served as Chairman of the Special Expert Committee of Sika AG.
Adrian Widmer (CH)
Adrian Widmer is 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. Between 1995 and 2007 Adrian Widmer held various management positions. From 2005 to 2007 he was Managing Director Construction Systems Germany/Austria/ Switzerland at BASF (Degussa) Construction Chemicals, Switzerland, and from 2000 to 2005 Head of Finance, Finance Director Business Line Flooring Europe, and Manager Corporate Finance at Degussa Construction Chemicals, Switzerland. At Textron Industrial Products in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland, Adrian Widmer was Manager M&A 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, after having been Business Analyst at Nordostschweizer Kraftwerke (NOK) in Switzerland from 1994 to 1995. Adrian Widmer holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree 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.