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 15 April 2020, the Board of Directors was composed of eight members. 

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Yves Serra

Chairman of the Board 

1953 (France/Switzerland)

M.Sc. in civil engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison (USA)

Board Member since 2019, Chairman of the Board since 2020

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Chairman of the Nomination Committee 

Corporate Governance

Non-executive member

Professional background, career

President Charmilles Technologies Japan (Tokyo) and Regional Manager Asia Agie Charmilles (1992 – 1998), President Charmilles Technologies SA (Geneva) and Member of the Agie Charmilles Group Management (1998 – 2003), Head of GF Piping Systems, Member of the Executive Committee (2003 – 2008), President and CEO of Georg Fischer Ltd (2008-2019)

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Further professional activities and functions

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stäubli Holding AG; Member of the Board of Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce and member of the Chapter Board “Doing Business in USA” of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland)

Hubert Achermann

Vice-Chairman and Independent Lead Director

1951 (Switzerland)

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

Board Member since 2014, Vice-Chairman and Independent Lead Director since 2020

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Chairman of the Audit Committee

Member 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)

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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

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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 management 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 resp. dormakaba Group; since 2018 Chairman at dormakaba Group

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

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Peter Hackel

Member of the Board of Directors

1969 (Switzerland)

Dr. sc. nat. ETH; Master and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland); Studies in Business Administration at the University of Hagen (Germany)

Board Member since 2020

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Member of the Audit Committee 

Corporate Governance

Independent member

Professional background, career

Various management positions at McKinsey and Geistlich Biomaterials (Switzerland); various management positions at Straumann AG, ultimately as Head of Group Controlling and member of Executive Management Group Straumann AG (2004–2011); CFO of the global segment Oerlikon Drive Systems (2011–2013), CFO of Straumann AG with responsibility for Finance, Investor Relations, IT and Purchasing (since 2014) 

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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

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Member of the Nomination 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)

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Further professional activities and functions

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 S.A. Solução em Iluminação e Eficiência Energética; Member of the Advisory Board of Mast Group Ltd. (all Brazil)

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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

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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 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 Stäubli Holding AG and of Tourismus Savognin Bivio Albula 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)

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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

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Member of the Audit 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 (2013–2018)

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Board member of Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (UK), Zurich Insurance Group (Switzerland) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Netherlands)

Further professional activities and functions

Board member of Ammann Group Holding AG (Switzerland)

Zhiqiang Zhang, GF AG

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

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Member of the Compensation 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 at Sandvik Group (2012–2016), Head of APAC and President of Greater China Region (2016-2018), Senior Vice President of ABB Group and Country Managing Director of ABB China (since 2018)

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

Further professional activities and functions

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