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 of 22 April 2021, the Board of Directors is composed of 7 members. 

Committees

Audit Committee

Compensation Committee 

Nomination and Sustainability Committee

Hubert Achermann, Chairman
Eveline Saupper, Chairwoman  Yves Serra, Chairman
Peter Hackel
Riet Cadonau Hubert Achermann
Jasmin Staiblin Hubert Achermann Roger Michaelis 

Yves Serra

Chairman of the Board of Directors
1953 (France and Switzerland)

Engineering degree from École Centrale de Paris (France); MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

Board Member since 2019, Vice Chairman 2019–2020, Chairman since 2020

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Committees

Chairman of the Nomination and Sustainability Committee

Corporate Governance

Non-executive Member

Professional background, career

Deputy Commercial Attaché at the French Embassy in Manila (Philippines) (1977–1979); Customer Service Engineer for Alstom in France and South Africa (1979–1982); various positions at Sulzer in France and Japan (1982–1992); various positions at GF (1992–2019), Managing Director of Charmilles Technologies Japan and Regional Head of Sales Asia (1992–1998), Head of Charmilles (1998–2003), Head of GF Piping Systems (2003–2008), President and CEO of Georg Fischer Ltd (2008–2019)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

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Further professional activities and functions

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stäubli Holding AG; Member of the Board of BNP Paribas Switzerland (both 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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Committees

Chairman of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nomination and Sustainability Committee 

Corporate Governance

Independent member

Professional background, career

Legal advisor at FIDES Treuhandgesellschaft in Zurich (1982–1987), Head of the company’s Lucerne office (1987–1994), Partner and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the newly created KPMG Schweiz (1992–1994), Member of the four-person Executive Board, 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)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

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

Further professional activities and functions

Member of the Foundation Board of Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (Switzerland)

Riet Cadonau

Member of the Board of Directors
1961 (Switzerland)

Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics of the University of Basel (Switzerland); Master of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Zurich (Switzerland); INSEAD Advanced Management Program AMP (France)

Board Member since 2016

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Member of the Compensation Committee 

Corporate Governance

Independent Member

Professional background, career

Various positions at IBM Switzerland (1990–2001), ultimately Member of the Executive Board and Director of Global Services; various positions as Member of the Executive Board of Ascom Group (2001–2005, from 2007–2011 as CEO); in between due to an Ascom divestment, Managing Director and Senior Vice President at ACS Inc. (later Xerox); CEO of Kaba Group, today dormakaba Group (2011–2018), Chairman and CEO of dormakaba Group (since 2018)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

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

Further professional activities and functions

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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); degree in Business Administration at the Open 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)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

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Further professional activities and functions

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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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Committees

Member of the Nomination and Sustainability 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 of Osram in Latin America (2004–2012); prior to this CFO at Osram subsidiaries in India and Brazil; Partner and Director of Verocap Consulting, São Paulo, (Brazil) (since 2012)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

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Further professional activities and functions

Managing Director and owner of Verocap Consulting; Corporate CFO and Head of Corporate HR of Bentonit União Group Ltd. São Paulo; Chairman of the Advisory Board of Mast Group Ltd. Sao Paulo (all Brazil)

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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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)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

Member of the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zurich AG and Clariant AG (both Switzerland)

Further professional activities and functions

Member of the Board of Directors of Stäubli Holding AG; Member of the Board of Trustees of UZH Foundation (both Switzerland)

Jasmin Staiblin

Member of the Board of Directors
1970 (Germany)

Double degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the Technical University Karlsruhe (Germany) and Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (Sweden)

Board Member since 2011

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Committees

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)

Involvement in governing bodies of other listed corporations

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

Further professional activities and functions

Member of the Board of Directors of Ammann Group Holding AG (Switzerland)