Secretary of the Board of Directors
Following my University Degree as a lawyer, I started working in Sulzer, then a multinational machinery industry conglomerate. My first position was assistant to the head of the medical engineering division. I was responsible for legal, administrative aspects and in particular for risk management. While working full time I completed my doctoral degree in law. My next position was legal counsel in the Sulzer corporate headquarters with international project assignments all over the globe, with an emphasis on M&A and large investment projects. I was then asked to take up a managerial position in one of the group companies where I became VP Business Development and member of the executive board before taking over as CEO. In preparation for this assignment I did an executive MBA at the Harvard Business School.
Leaving the machinery industry in 1992, I started working in the management team of Cemroc, a swiss building materials group owned by Thomas Schmidheiny, which was later integrated into "Holderbank". From there I moved to the Holcim Group Company in Italy, then in Spain with responsibilities evolving around legal, compliance, administration, insurance and related issues. I then joined Corporate Legal only to be hired away shortly afterwards to take up a managerial position with line responsibility for the former Soviet Union Territory (CIS Countries) for several years. 2005 I was appointed General Counsel & Head Corporate Legal of the Holcim Group. Today I am the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Holcim Ltd.
My language skills include German, French, English, Spanish, Italian and Russian. My main hobby since 1971 is rowing. I enjoy reading and travelling and I play some instruments.