Board of Directors

The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors of Georg Fischer AG are defined by the Swiss Code of Obligations, the Articles of Association and the Corporation's organizational and company regulations. In accordance with the new statutory provisions which came into force on 1 January 2014, the term of office of a member of the Board of Directors lasts until the next Annual Shareholders’ Meeting has been concluded and is thus limited to one year. As at 19 April 2017, the Board of Directors was composed of nine members.

Board Members

Andreas Koopmann

Andreas Koopmann

Chairman of the Board

1951 (Switzerland) 

Dipl. Masch.-Ing. ETH Zurich (Switzerland), MBA from IMD Lausanne (Switzerland)

Board Member since 2010, Chairman of the Board since 2012 

Committees
Chairman of the Nomination Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Various positions in Swiss industrial companies (1979–1982); Vice President of Engineering and Production, Bobst Group, Roseland (USA) (1982–1989); various senior positions in the Bobst Group (Switzerland) (1989–2009), as CEO (1995–2009); Chairman of Alstom (Switzerland) AG (2010–2012)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestlé AG; Member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG (both Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of CSD Holding AG; Member of the Board of Directors of Sonceboz SA; Member of the Board of Economiesuisse (all Switzerland)

 


Gerold Bührer

Gerold Bührer

Vice Chairman of the Board 

1948 (Switzerland)

lic. oec. publ. University of Zurich (Switzerland) 

Board Member since 2001, Vice Chairman of the Board since 2012 

Committees
Member of the Audit Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Various positions at the Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS) (1973–1990), ultimately as a Member of the Executive Management of the bank’s investment company; Member of the Executive Committee of Georg Fischer Ltd (1991–2000); Member of the Swiss Parliament (1991–2007); President of Economiesuisse (2007–2012)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

First Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Life (Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fehr Advice & Partners AG and of Meier + Cie AG; Board Member of Cellere AG (all Switzerland); Member of the European Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan


Hubert Achermann

Hubert Achermann

Member of the Board of Directors 

1951 (Switzerland)

Dr. iur, attorney, graduated in law at the University of Bern (Switzerland)

Board Member since 2014

Committees
Chairman of the Nomination Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Legal advisor at FIDES Treuhandgesellschaft in Zurich (1982–1987); heading the company’s Lucerne office (1987–1994); Partner and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the newly created KPMG Schweiz (1992–1994); joined the four-person Executive Board, where he was responsible for tax and law (1994–2004); CEO of KPMG Schweiz and performed several key roles for KPMG International (2004–2012); first Lead Director of KPMG International and Member of the KPMG Global Board (2009–2012)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Member of the Board and Head Audit Committee of UBS Switzerland AG (Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions

Chairman of the Foundation Board of Lucerne Festival and of Friends of Lucerne Festival; Member of the Foundation Board of Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (all Switzerland)


Roman Boutellier

Roman Boutellier

Member of the Board of Directors

1950 (Switzerland)

Dr. sc. math. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

Board Member since 1999

Committees
Member of the Nomination Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Kern AG (1981–1987); Member of the Executive Management of Leica AG (1987–1993); Professor at the University of St. Gallen (1993–1998); CEO and Delegate to the Board of Directors of SIG Holding AG (1999–2004); Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at the ETH in Zurich (2004–2015) and Member of the Executive Board of the ETH Zurich (2008–2015)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Further professional activities and functions

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Appenzell Cantonal Bank; Board Member of Ammann Group Holding AG and of Rychiger AG Steffisburg; Member of the Board of Trustees of Vontobel Foundation (until end of 2017); Member of the Board of Center for Industrial Marketing, CIM (all Switzerland)


Riet Cadonau

Riet Cadonau

Member of the Board of Directors

1961 (Switzerland)

BA of Arts in Business and Economics, University of Basel (1985); MA of Arts in Economics and Business Administration, University of Zurich (1988) (both Switzerland); INSEAD Advanced Management Program AMP (2007) (France)

Board Member since 2016

Committees
Member of the Compensation Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) (1988–1989); various positions at IBM Switzerland (1990–2001), ultimately as Director of Global Services and Member of the Executive Committee; various positions as Member of the Executive Board at Ascom Group (2001–2005 and 2007–2011), since 2007 as CEO; 2005–2007 Managing Director and Senior Vice President at ACS Inc. (now Xerox); since 2011 CEO at Kaba Group (now dormakaba)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Member of the Board of Directors at Zehnder Group (Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions


Roger Michaelis

Roger Michaelis

Member of the Board of Directors 

1959 (Brazil and Germany)

Studied business administration at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), post-graduate degree in management and strategy at Krupp Foundation, Munich (Germany), and Babson College (USA) 

Board Member since 2012

Committees
Member of the Audit Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Various positions at Osram Group (1988–2012), ultimately as CEO at Osram Brazil and Head of Human Resources in Latin America (2004–2012); before CFO at Osram subsidiaries in India and Brazil; Partner and Director of Verocap Consulting, São Paulo, (Brazil) (since 2012)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

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Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

 

Managing Director and owner of Verocap Consulting; Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bentonit União Ltd. São Paulo; CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Celena Participações e Marketing S/A (all Brazil)

 


Eveline Saupper

Eveline Saupper

Member of the Board of Directors 

1958 (Switzerland)

Dr. iur, attorney and certified tax expert, graduated in law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Board Member since 2015

Committees
Chairwoman of the Compensation Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Legal and tax Advisor at Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG Fides) (1983–1985); Attorney at Baker & McKenzie (1985–1992); Employee (1992–1994), Partner (1994–2014) and of counsel at Homburger AG (2014–2017)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Member of the Board of Directors of Syngenta International AG; Flughafen Zurich AG and Clariant AG (all Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions

Chairwoman of Mentex Holding AG, Member of the Board of Directors of hkp group AG (until June 2017); Stäubli Holding AG (all Switzerland) and of the Hoval Group (Principality of Liechtenstein); Member of the Board of Trustees of UZH Foundation and of Schweizer Berghilfe (both Switzerland)


Jasmin Staiblin

Jasmin Staiblin

Member of the Board of Directors 

1970 (Germany)

Double degree in electrical engineering and physics from the Technical University, Karlsruhe (Germany); Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)

Board Member since 2011

Committees
Member of the Compensation Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Various positions at ABB, including in Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia (1997–2006); Country Manager of ABB Switzerland (2006–2012); CEO of Alpiq Holding AG (since 2013)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Board member of Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (UK)

Further professional activities and functions

Member of the Board of Economiesuisse (until August 2017; Vice President Swisselectric (until September 2017) (all Switzerland)


Zhiqiang Zhang

Zhiqiang Zhang

Member of the Board of Directors 

1961 (China)

Bachelor of Sciences from Northern Jiatong University, Beijing (China); MBA from Queen’s University, Kingston (Canada)

Board Member since 2005

Committees
Member of the Nomination Committee

Corporate Governance
Independent member

Professional background, career

Various positions at Siemens (1987–2012), including President of Siemens VDO Automotive China (1999–2005), President of Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China Region (2005–2012); Executive Vice President and Head of Emerging Markets (2012–2016), Senior Vice President of Sandvik Group, Head of APAC and President of Greater China Region (since 2016)

Other activities of governing bodies in listed corporations

Member of the Board of Directors of Dätwyler Holding AG (Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions

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