Board of Directors

Jens Alder (CH)

Chairman | non-executive member

Jens Alder served as Executive Chairman of Alpiq Holding Ltd. in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 2019, and was Chairman of its Board of Directors from 2015 until the end of 2021. 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)

non-executive member

Dr. Svein Richard Brandtzæg is currently Vice Chair of Den Norske Bank ASA (NO), member of the Board of Mondi Plc. (UK) and as of October 2022, he is Vice President and Lead Independent Director of Dormakaba AG. Until May of 2022 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Veidekke ASA (NO) and until October 2022 a member of the Board of Directors of Eramet Norway AS. From 2009 to 2019 he was President & CEO of Norsk Hydro ASA (NO). Before his role as President & CEO of Norsk Hydro, he held various positions at the company between 1985 and 2009, including management positions such as President of Hydro Magnesium, President of Metal Products, President of Rolled Products and Executive Vice President of Aluminium Products. From 2014 to 2020 Svein Richard Brandtzæg was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and from 2009 to 2019 he was a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), member of the Board of International Council of Mining and Metals and International Aluminium Institute. From 2019 to 2021 he was a member of the Board of Directors at SRC-Sibelco (BE). 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. From 2021 Svein Richard Brandtzæg is a vice chair of the Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.

Barend Fruithof (CH)

non-executive member

Mr. Barend Fruithof is currently CEO of the globally operating Aebi Schmidt Holding AG based in Zurich-Oerlikon. Before joining Aebi Schmidt Holding AG in 2017 Barend Fruithof held various executive positions in major Swiss banks as well as Raiffeisen and cantonal banks with focus on corporate and institutional customer services. Most recently, he was Head of Switzerland & Global Custody and member of the Executive Board at Bank Julius Baer & Co. AG, Zurich. Mr. Fruithof is currently member of the Board of Directors at esisuisse (Einlagensicherung), AMAG Leasing AG, HRS Real Estate AG and Zugerberg Finanz AG. In addition he is member of the Board at Swissmem. Mr. Fruithof holds a degree in business administration (KLZ), a master of marketing (eidg. dipl. Marketingleiter) from University Bern and a degree as Executive MBA from University St. Gallen (HSG).

 

David Metzger (CH/FR)

non-executive member

David Metzger currently serves as Managing Director Investments of Liwet Holding AG, where he provides consulting services to a range of international companies in the area of investments and portfolios. From 2011 until 2018 David Metzger worked as CFO of Venetos Management AG, and subsequently as Deputy Managing Director Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Development of RMAG. Prior to this, David Metzger worked as Investment Executive at Good Energies AG (part of COFRA Holding, CH), a highly renowned renewable energy fund. During this time he additionally 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 member of the Board of Directors of Italy-based company Octo Telematics and of Sulzer AG. David Metzger holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics (lic. oec.) from the University of Zurich (CH) and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, FR).

 

Mario Rossi (CH)

non-executive member

Mario Rossi (CH, 1960) was CFO of Swisscom AG from 2013 until 2021, where he held various senior finance positions from 1998. Mario Rossi was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cablex AG until January 2022. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. and Hasler Foundation, as well as a member of the Sanction Commission of the Swiss Stock Exchange. Mario Rossi is a certified public accountant of the Swiss Academy for Audit.

Dr. Michael Schwarzkopf (AT)

non-executive member

Dr. Michael Schwarzkopf has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Plansee Group, Reutte (A), 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 (DE) in 1989, he moved to Sinterstahl GmbH in Füssen (DE), where he worked as Manager Corporate Development from 1989 to 1991. His Board of Directors mandates included voestalpine AG, Linz (A) from 2004 to 2018, Molibdenos y Metales S.A. from 2011 to 2018, Molyporc Inc. from 2013 to 2015, and Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG in Vienna (A) 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 in materials sciences from the University of Leoben.

Oliver Streuli (CH)

non-executive member

Mr Oliver Streuli has been CEO of the holding company PCS Holding AG, based in Frauenfeld, since 2019. Mr Streuli is a member of the Board of Directors of Autoneum Holding AG and a member of the Supervisory Board of Traktionssysteme Austria GmbH. Oliver Streuli holds a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

 

Emese Weissenbacher (DE)

non-executive member

Emese Weissenbacher (DE, 1964) has been CFO at Mann + Hummel International GmbH & Co KG in Germany since 2015. Since 1994, she has held management responsibilities at the company in the financial area of the holding as well as in the operational business. Ms. Weissenbacher is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Kongsberg Automotive Holding ASA and a member of the Advisory Board of Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg. As of 28 September 2022, Emese Weissenbacher was appointed as a new member of the Supervisory Board of Horváth AG, the holding company of the international management consultancy of the same name. Emese Weissenbacher holds a Master's degree in Economics, Controlling & Business Development from the University of Stuttgart and a degree in Advanced Management from Harvard Business School, Boston.