Schaffner Our management

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    Our management

    A short introduction of the board of directors and the executive committee

Our board of directors

A short introduction

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, which are independent within the meaning of the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance issued by Economiesuisse.

Urs Kaufmann, Chairman

Chairman, Compensation Committee (committee chairman), Nomination Committee (committee chairman)

Dipl. Ing. ETH Zurich, Senior Executive Program IMD, Lausanne

Since 1994 held various management positions at Huber+Suhner and since 2014 is a member of the Board of Directors of Huber+Suhner AG, Herisau, since 2017 Chairman of the Board of Directors, from 2014 to 2017 Designated Representative of the Board of Directors, from 2001 to 2017 a member of the Executive Management, from 2002 as CEO. From 1987 to 1993 was project, product, and sales manager at Zellweger Uster AG, Switzerland and USA. Urs Kaufmann is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of SFS Group AG, Heerbrugg, a member of the Board of Directors of Gurit Holding AG, Wattwil, a member of the Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding AG, Bülach, as well a member of the Board of Directors of Müller Martini Holding AG, Hergiswil, and a member of the Executive Committee of SWISSMEM.

Philipp Buhofer

Member, Risk and Audit Committee



Degree in Business Administration from HWV Lucerne, Horw

Since 1997 independent entrepreneur and Director. From 1997 to 2002 was Designated Representative of the Board and Chairman of the Board of EPA AG, Zurich, as well as from 1987 to 1997 was member of the Executive Management of EPA AG, Zurich. From 1984 to 1987 was manager procurement and marketing of Metro International, Baar, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong. Philipp Buhofer is Chairman of the Board of Kardex AG, Zurich, Chairman of the Board of Cham Paper Group Holding AG, Cham, Chairman of the Board of Rapid Holding AG, Dietikon, Designated Representative of the Board of BURU Holding AG, Hagendorn, a member of the Board of DAX Holding AG, Hagendorn, and a member of the Board of Lorzengrund Immobilien AG, Hagendorn.

Gerhard Pegam

Member, Risk and Audit Committee


Electrical Engineer, Klagenfurt Technical College, Austria

From 2001 to beginning of 2012 was CEO of EPCOS AG; Germany. 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. Gerhard Pegam is a member of the Board of OC Oerlikon Corporation AG and a member of the Supervisory Board of Süss Microtech AG, Germany.

Andrea Tranel

Andrea Tranel

Member, Risk and Audit Committee (committee chairman)

Degree in Business Administration; University Hohenheim (Germany)

Since 2017 CFO of the Aargau-based energy service provider AEW Energie AG. Previously Head of Corporate Controlling and Deputy CFO of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and CFO of Schneider Electric Switzerland.

Andrea Tranel is a Member of the Board of Directors of InnovAARE AG, Villigen and of the Wärmeverbund Rheinfelden AG, Rheinfelden as well she is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Windpark Lindenberg AG, Beinwil (Freiamt).


Our executive committee

A short introduction

The members of the Executive Committee are actively involved in its consensus-oriented decision process. Decisions are made by consensus or, where a consensus cannot be reached, are made by the Chief Executive Officer with due regard to the opinions expressed by the Executive Committee’s members.

Marc Aeschlimann, CEO

Born 1968, Swiss citizen
Master of Science degree 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. 

Christian Herren, CFO

Born 1976, Swiss citizen
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.

Martin Lütenegger, Executive VP

Born 1969, Swiss citizen
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.