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Corporate Governance

Structure and corporate bodies

The Bossard Group’s organizational structure derives from international standards for corporate management. The Group’s corporate bodies and management follow the Directive on Information relating to Corporate Governance of SIX Swiss Exchange as well as the “Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Govern­ance” of economiesuisse.


Board of Directors

Dr. Thomas Schmuckli-Grob
Chairman of the board of directors since 2007

Dr. Thomas Schmuckli-Grob currently works as a professional board member. Between 1993 and 2013, he held various management positions in the General Counsel division of Credit Suisse Group, initially in the Leu Bank Group and then from 1998 with a break at Credit Suisse. From 2005 to 2007, he headed the legal department of Corporate & Institutional Clients at Credit Suisse in Zurich, followed by Legal and Compliance Asset Management in Zurich (2007 to 2013). From 2000 to 2005, he was head of process and product management at Zuger Kantonalbank.

Anton Lauber
Member of the board of directors since 2006

Anton Lauber works as a professional board member since 2012. From 2008 to 2011, he headed the Schurter AG, the Schurter Group´s Electronic Components division in Lucerne as a delegate of the board of directors of Schurter AG. From 1993 to 2008, he was CEO of Schurter AG and from 1996, he was the delegate of the board of directors of Schurter AG, where he worked as the head of production and technology between 1988 and 1992. Prior to that, he managed the Generator Plant of ABB Switzerland. In the course of his professional activities, Anton Lauber gained experience in emerging markets, in particular in India, China, Brazil and Malaysia.

Dr. René Cotting
Member of the board of directors since 2015

Dr. René Cotting has held various positions in Switzerland and abroad for the ABB Group since 1995. From 2013 until the end of May 2017, he was CFO of ABB Switzerland. On March 1, 2017, he was named Head of Operation, Innovation and R&D for the ABB Group and Chairman of ABB Technology Ventures. In the course of his professional activities, René Cotting gained experience in emerging markets, in particular in India, China and Poland.

David Dean
Member of the board of directors since 2019

David Dean currently works as a professional board member. He was CEO of the Bossard Group from 2005 to 2019. From 1998 to 2004, he served as CFO of Bossard Group and has been with Bossard since 1992. Between 1990 and 1992, he was corporate controller and a member of the executive committee of an international logistics group. From 1980 to 1990, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers AG in various management functions in auditing and business consulting. In the course of his professional activities, David Dean gained experience in emerging markets, in particular in India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea.

Patricia Heidtman
Member of the board of directors since 2019

Patricia Heidtman is working for SIKA since her studies and is a member of the SIKA management team since 2017. She currently heads the research & development team for thermoplastic systems in Sarnen, Switzerland. Prior to this, Patricia Heidtman spent around 14 years in the USA, most recently as head of innovation management for products, processes and developments for the automotive industry.

Martin Kühn
Member of the board of directors since 2018

Since 2010 Martin Kühn is working for the KIBAG Group in Zurich, since 2014 as CFO and member of the executive committee. He is responsible for finance, ICT, human resources, real estate, KIBAG Marina and the technical services of the construction and building materials company. From 2002 to 2010, he had been employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG national and international as an auditor and M&A consultant for industrial clients. Prior to that, he worked two years for UBS.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Michel
Member of the board of directors since 2011

Prof. Dr. Stefan Michel is a professor for marketing and service management and director of the executive MBA at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland since 2008. Between 2003 and 2008, he was as a professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, USA. Prior to this, he taught as a professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, managed a family-run hotel and worked at Bank Leu in Zurich.

Maria Teresa Vacalli
Member of the board of directors since 2013

Maria Teresa Vacalli is CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Bank Cler in Basel since September 2019. From 2018 until 2019, she was CDO (Chief Digital Officer) and Member of the Management Board of Basler Kantonalbank in Basel. From 2016 until 2018, she was CEO of Moneyhouse in Rotkreuz. Between 2008 and 2016, she has directed the wholesale unit at Sunrise Communications AG, Zurich, and was appointed executive director in 2014. Between 2002 and 2008, she worked in various executive positions at UPC Schweiz GmbH (formerly upc cablecom GmbH), Zurich. Before that, she had been employed in managerial posts in different companies.

Executive Committee

Dr. Daniel Bossard
Group CEO since 2019

From 2009 to 2018, Dr. Daniel Bossard was CEO Northern and Eastern Europe. From 2006 to 2008, he served as sales & marketing manager of Bossard Group and was responsible for the reorientation of Bossard’s sales strategy as well as the development of international customer relations. From 2003 until 2006, he was CEO of Bossard Denmark. Dr. Daniel Bossard joined Bossard in 2000 as an e-business manager, after having worked as a consultant for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).

Stephan Zehnder
Group CFO since 2005

Stephan Zehnder took over the function as group controller of Bossard Group in 1998, remaining in this position until the end of 2004. From 1996 to 1997, he was a controller in Bossard’s corporate finance team. Prior to this, he was employed by various international companies in functions concerned with finance and controlling.

Beat Grob
CEO Central Europe since 2006

From 2005 to 2016 Beat Grob was managing director of Bossard Switzerland. He joined Bossard in 1995 as a project manager in logistics; the following year, he became head of logistics for Bossard Group.

Dr. Frank Hilgers
CEO Northern & Eastern Europe since 2019

Dr. Frank Hilgers has been CEO Northern and Eastern Europe since May 2019. Since 2015, he has been responsible for the group-wide management of branded products and high quality fastening solutions (Chief Category Officer, CCO). He has also headed the business units of KVT-Fastening since 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he was a member of the KVT-Koenig management team responsible for sales, product management and the fastening systems division. During his employment at Continental between 2007 and 2009, he was in charge of all national organizations of the spare parts business and key account management in the Commercial & Special Vehicle area. (For further functions refer to PDF annual report.)

Steen Hansen
CEO America since 2008

From 2006 to 2008, Steen Hansen served as the president of Bossard IIP, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was responsible for the Group’s logistics between 2004 and 2006, having joined Bossard in 2001 as head of logistics for Bossard Denmark. Prior to joining Bossard, he filled various management positions, the last being supply chain manager at Nomeco Denmark, a leading wholesaler for pharmaceuticals.

Robert Ang
CEO Asia since 2009

From 2005 until 2009, Robert Ang was responsible for Bossard Greater China (China, Taiwan) and prior to that, the Southeast Asia region. From 1997 until 1999, he was CEO of Bossard Singapore. Robert Ang managed his own company from 1994 until it was acquired by Bossard in 1997. He spent the four years prior as a product manager for Conner Peripherals and Optics Storage Pte Ltd. in Singapore. Between 1986 and 1989 he worked as a buyer at Printronix AG.

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