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

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. 

Urs Kaufmann

Swiss citizen, born 1962, member of the Board since 2017. 

Chairman of the Board 
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. 

Degree in Engineering, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Senior Executive Program, IMD, Lausanne. 

Since 2017 is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Huber+Suhner AG, Herisau. Became a Board member of Huber+Suhner AG in 2014 and, from 2014 to 2017, was the Designated Representative of its Board. From 2002 to 2017 was CEO of Huber+Suhner AG, having joined its Executive Committee in 2001. Previously held various management positions in the same group. From 1987 to 1993 worked as project manager, production manager and sales manager at Zellweger Uster AG in Switzerland and the USA. 

External activities and interests: 
Urs Kaufmann is Chairman of the Board of Huber + Suhner AG, Herisau, a member of the Board of SFS Group AG, Heerbrugg, Wattwil, of Vetropack Holding AG, Bülach, and of Müller Martini Holding AG, Hergiswil, and a member of the executive committees of Swissmem and the Swiss Employers Confederation. 

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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; member of the Board of Rapid Holding AG, Dietikon; 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. 

Since 2017 is Chief Financial Officer of the electric power utility AEW Energie AG in the Swiss canton of Aargau. Previously was 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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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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Martin Lütenegger

Swiss citizen, born 1969. 

Executive Vice President, Head of Automotive Division. 

Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, ETH Lausanne; marketing director diploma, University of Berne. 

Joined the Schaffner Group on 1 November 2018 as Executive VP and Head of Automotive division. Previous roles include management positions in division management and market development in internationally operating companies in the automotive supply industry, notably as member of the Executive Board and Head of division at Sonceboz Automotive, Sonceboz, Switzerland, member of the Executive Board and Head of Automotive division at Styner+Bienz Formtech, Berne, and member of the Executive Board at JESA, Villars-sur-Glâne. 

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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. 

Urs Kaufmann

Swiss citizen, born 1962, member of the Board since 2017. 

Chairman of the Board 
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. 

Degree in Engineering, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Senior Executive Program, IMD, Lausanne. 

Since 2017 is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Huber+Suhner AG, Herisau. Became a Board member of Huber+Suhner AG in 2014 and, from 2014 to 2017, was the Designated Representative of its Board. From 2002 to 2017 was CEO of Huber+Suhner AG, having joined its Executive Committee in 2001. Previously held various management positions in the same group. From 1987 to 1993 worked as project manager, production manager and sales manager at Zellweger Uster AG in Switzerland and the USA. 

External activities and interests: 
Urs Kaufmann is Chairman of the Board of Huber + Suhner AG, Herisau, a member of the Board of SFS Group AG, Heerbrugg, Wattwil, of Vetropack Holding AG, Bülach, and of Müller Martini Holding AG, Hergiswil, and a member of the executive committees of Swissmem and the Swiss Employers Confederation. 

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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; member of the Board of Rapid Holding AG, Dietikon; 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. 

Since 2017 is Chief Financial Officer of the electric power utility AEW Energie AG in the Swiss canton of Aargau. Previously was 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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Martin Lütenegger

Swiss citizen, born 1969. 

Executive Vice President, Head of Automotive Division. 

Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, ETH Lausanne; marketing director diploma, University of Berne. 

Joined the Schaffner Group on 1 November 2018 as Executive VP and Head of Automotive division. Previous roles include management positions in division management and market development in internationally operating companies in the automotive supply industry, notably as member of the Executive Board and Head of division at Sonceboz Automotive, Sonceboz, Switzerland, member of the Executive Board and Head of Automotive division at Styner+Bienz Formtech, Berne, and member of the Executive Board at JESA, Villars-sur-Glâne. 

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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.

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Management Transactions

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

Management transactions

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