Board of Directors

Ernst Bärtschi

lic. oec. HSG, born 1952, Swiss citizen

Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2014

Since 2005 Ernst Bärtschi has been a member of the board of directors of Bucher Industries Ltd, Niederweningen, since 2011 a non-executive director of the building materials supplier CRH Plc. (Ireland), and since 2012 a member of the advisory board of the private-equity investor CRCI (China). In 2002 he joined Sika Ltd, Baar, where he worked until 2004 as chief financial officer and from 2005 until 2011 as chief executive officer. After working at Nestlé, Vevey, Ernst Bärtschi occupied various management positions between 1980 and 2002 at the Schindler Group, Ebikon, including managing director of Schindler Switzerland and chief financial officer of the Schindler Group.


Roland Abt

Dr. oec. HSG, born 1957, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2014

Roland Abt has been Chief Financial Officer at Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen, since 2004. He joined the group in 1996, initially serving (from 1997 to 2004) as Chief Financial Officer of Agie Charmilles Group. Between 1987 and 1996 he worked for the Swiss Eternit Group, holding a variety of positions in Switzerland and Venezuela. – He is a member of the Regulatory Board and the Issuers Committee of SIX Swiss Exchange.


Matthias Auer

Dr. iur., born 1953, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1996

He has practiced as a lawyer and notary public in Glarus since 1981. He is a Member of the Cantonal Council in Glarus.


Werner Dubach

Dipl. Ing. Chem. ETH, MBA, born 1943, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1993

He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Datacolor AG, Lucerne. From 1998 to 2008, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Eichhof Holding AG, Lucerne. In 1983 he became a member of the board of Brauerei Eichhof. Between 1970 and 1983, he held various managerial posts within the Eichhof Group. – He is a board member of a number of start-up enterprises.


Philip Mosimann

Dipl. Ing. ETH, born 1954, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2007

He joined Bucher Industries AG, Niederweningen, in 2001, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Between 1980 and 2001, Philip Mosimann held a number of managerial positions with the Sulzer Group, Winterthur, including Sulzer Innotec AG (1980 to 1992), as Head of Division at Sulzer Thermtec (1992 to 1996) and as Head of Division at Sulzer Textil, Rüti (1997 to 2000). – He is Chairman of the board of Directors of Uster Technologies AG, Uster.


Urs Riedener

lic. oec. HSG, born 1965, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2014

Urs Riedener has been Chief Executive Officer of Emmi, Lucerne, since 2008. Prior to that, he served as head of marketing and a member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. Between 1995 and 2000, he worked for the Lindt & Sprüngli Group, Kilchberg, in a variety of national and international management positions. He began his career working in various capacities at Kraft Jacobs Suchard. – He also sits on the committees of the Swiss branded goods association Promarca and the Swiss marketing association GfM, as well as the executive committee of the Institute for Marketing at the University of St. Gallen.


Jacob Schmidheiny

lic. oec. publ., born 1943, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1977 (serving as its Chairman from 1984 to April 2014)

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Conzzeta AG, previously Zürcher Ziegeleien, since 1977, serving as Chairman from 1984 to April 2014. He became a member of the Excecutive Board of Zürcher Ziegeleien in 1976. From 1978 to 2001, he was Chief Executive Officer. The transition from construction materials group to the present-day industrial holding company took place under Jacob Schmidheiny's leadership. He is a member of the board of directors of Plazza AG, Zurich.


Robert F. Spoerry

Dipl. Masch.-Ing. ETH, MBA, born 1955, Swiss citizen

Member of the Board of Directors since 1996

He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mettler-Toledo International Inc., Greifensee, which he also led as CEO from 1993 to 2007, and of Sonova Holding AG, Stäfa, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Geberit AG, Jona.