Corporate Governance

The Schaffner Group attaches vital importance to a transparent financial reporting, clearly assigned duties and accountabilities in the interest of all stakeholders. The Group is listed on SIX Swiss Exchange and follows the standards of the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance.

Corporate Governance

As a company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, Schaffner Group fulfils the requirements of SIX Swiss Exchange’s amended Directive on Information Relating to Corporate Governance, which took effect on 1 October 2014.

Corporate Governance Report

Corporate Governance

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Commitee
Board of Directors

The Articles of Association stipulate that the Board of Directors of Schaffner Holding AG shall have between three and seven members. At present, it consists of four, non-executive members, who are independent within the context of the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance. 

Markus Heusser

Swiss citizen, born 1966, member of the Board since 2023

Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Compensation Committee

Dr. rer. pol. (Economics and Social Sciences), University of Fribourg; Master’s degree in Accounting and Corporate Finance, University of St. Gallen

Markus Heusser has been Chairman and member of various Boards of Directors since 2017. He also has many years of experience in managing internationally active Swiss companies. From 2015 to 2017, he worked for Oerlikon, most recently as Head of Metco and member of the Executive Leadership Team. Prior to that, he was Head of the Technical Components Division and a member of the Executive Board at the Daetwyler Group from 2010 to 2014. From 2003 to 2010, he held various positions at Sulzer. He started his professional career in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company. 

External activities and interests
Markus Heusser is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Landqart AG (Landquart) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sefar Group (Thal). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hammer Group (Zurich) and a member of the Boards of Directors of two companies within Bibus Holding (Fehraltdorf).

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Philipp Buhofer

Swiss citizen, born 1959, member of the Board since 2017

Vice Chairman of the Board
Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee
Member of the Risk and Audit Committee

Degree in Business Administration, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HWV) in Horw

Since 1997 has been an independent entrepreneur and member of boards of directors. From 2002 to 2003 was Designated Representative and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EPA AG, Zurich, from 1997 to 2001 was a member of its Board of Directors, and from 1987 to 1997 was a member of its Executive Committee. From 1984 to 1987 was Manager of Purchasing and Marketing for Metro International, Baar, Düsseldorf, Germany and Hong Kong, China. 

External activities and interests
Philipp Buhofer is Chairman of the Board of Cham Group AG, Cham; member of the Board of Kardex AG, Zurich; Chairman of the Board of DAX Holding AG, Cham; and Designated Representative of the Board of BURU Holding AG, Cham. 

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Gerhard Pegam

Austrian citizen, born 1962, member of the Board since 2013

Member of the Board
Member of the Risk and Audit Committee

Electrical Engineer, Klagenfurt Technical College, Austria

From 2001 to the beginning of 2012 was CEO of Epcos AG. From 2009 to 2012 was a member of the Board of Directors of Epcos parent company TDK-EPC Corp. From middle of 2011 to mid-2012 was a Corporate Officer of TDK Corporation, Japan, and from 2004 to 2012 was a member of the Board of ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association. From 1999 to 2001 was COO of Epcos AG. Between 1982 and 1999 held various management positions at Epcos, Siemens and Philips. 

External activities and interests
Gerhard Pegam is Vice Chairman of the Board of OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfäffikon.

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Andrea Tranel

Swiss and German citizen, born 1974, member of the Board since 2021

Member of the Board
Chairwoman of the Risk and Audit Committee

Degree in economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany

From 2023 CFO of the Competec Group. Previously was Chief Financial Officer of the electric power utility  AEW Energie AG in the Swiss canton of Aargau, Head of Corporate Controlling and Deputy CFO of Swiss  Federal Railways (SBB), and CFO of Schneider Electric in Switzerland.

External activities and interests
Andrea Tranel is Chairwoman of the Board of Windpark Lindenberg AG, Beinwil, and member of the Board of InnovAARE AG, Villigen, and of Wärmeverbund Rheinfelden AG, Rheinfelden (all in Switzerland).

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Executive Commitee

Marc Aeschlimann

Swiss citizen, born 1968

Chief Executive Officer, Head of Industrial Division

Master of Science in electrical engineering, ETH Zurich; MBA, Marshall Business School at the University of Southern California

Joined the Schaffner Group as CEO on 1 September 2017. Previously CEO of R&S Group, CEO of Pfiffner Messwandler, and CEO of Franke Coffee Systems after various management positions at the Franke Group, including five years in China as Head of Food Service Systems for the Asia, Pacific & Middle East region. Earlier worked as a consultant at Helbling Management Consulting. 

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Christian Herren

Swiss citizen, born 1976 

Chief Financial Officer

MA in Management University of Fribourg

With the Schaffner Group since 2007, from June 2009 Head Corporate Finance & Accounting and Deputy CFO and from July 2016 to September 2017 interim CFO of the Schaffner Group. Before joining Schaffner, he worked as Corporate Financial Controller for the Straumann Group and in auditing at KPMG. 

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Articles of Association | Organizational Regulations

The Articles of Association and the Organizational Regulations define the business purpose and the basic organizational framework of Schaffner Holding AG.


Management Transactions

Information about management transactions is available on the SIX Swiss Exchange website. 

Management Transactions

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