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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 six, 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.

Daniel Hirschi

Member, Compensation Committee, Nomination Committee


Degree in Engineering, Berne University of Applied Sciences, Biel

From 2006 to 2009 was CEO and Designated Representative of the Board of Directors of Benninger AG, Uzwil. From 1983 to 2005 served in various management functions at Saia-Burgess, Murten, including CEO from 2001 and Designated Representative of the Board from 2003. Daniel Hirschi is Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Komax Holding AG, Dierikon, and a member of the Board and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Carlo Gavazzi Holding AG, Steinhausen.

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.

Suzanne Thoma

Member, Compensation Committee, Nomination Committee

PhD in Technical Sciences and MSc in Chemical Engineering, Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

From January 2013: CEO of BKW AG, Berne. Previously member of the Group Executive Committee of BKW AG, Berne, in charge of the Networks division. From 2007 to 2009 was head of the Automotive division of the WICOR Group, Rapperswil-Jona. Before that, was CEO of Rolic Technologies Ltd., Allschwil. Also held management positions at CIBA Spezialitätenchemie AG (now BASF AG) in Switzerland and abroad. Suzanne Thoma is a member of the Board of UPM Corporation, Helsinki, and a member of the Board of the Beckers Group, Berlin.

Georg Wechsler

Member, Risk and Audit Committee (committee chairman)

Degree in Business Administration; Swiss Certified Accountant

From 1994 to January 2016 was CFO and a member of the Group Executive Committee of Model Holding AG, Weinfelden. Previous employers included Zurmont Finanz AG, Zurich; Zellweger Uster AG, Uster; and KPMG Fides, Zurich.


Our executive committee

A short introduction

Marc Aeschlimann, CEO

Born 1968, Swiss citizen
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. Previous roles include CEO of the R&S Group, CEO Pfiffner Messwandler, various management roles at the Franke Group, including five years in China as Head of Food Service Systems for the Asia, Pacific & Middle East region, and later as CEO of Franke Coffee Systems, consultant at Helbling Management Consulting. Marc Aeschlimann is a member of the Board of Wartmann Technologie AG, Oberbipp.

Kurt Ledermann, CFO

Born 1968, Swiss citizen
MSEE Degree in Electrical Engineering ETH Zurich; Master of Arts HSG, University of St. Gallen


Joined the Schaffner Group as Chief Financial Officer on 1 June 2008. Previous roles included Executive Vice President, Finance & IT, RUAG Aerospace; Head of Finance & Accounting, Schaffner Group; Chief Financial Officer, Medivision; Group Controller and Head of Investor Relations, Sika Group.

Ah Bee Goh, COO

Born 1950, Singaporean citizen
Honours Bachelor of Science in Production Engineering, University of Strathclyde; MSc in Industrial Engineering, National University of Singapore; MSc in Finance, University of Leicester; MBA, University of Surrey

Joined the Schaffner Group on 1 July 2007. Was Vice President, Manufacturing until 30 September 2011; Chief Operating Officer from 1 October 2011. Previously Managing Director at Leica Instruments, Singapore, and various management roles at Maxtor Peripherals, Seagate Technology and Tandon/Western Digital.

Dr. Guido Schlegelmilch, Executive VP

Born 1964, German citizen
Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. , Dr. rer. pol., Technische Universität Darmstadt

Joined the Schaffner Group on 1 February 2009 as Managing Director, Schaffner Deutschland. Executive Vice President and head of EMC division since 1 October 2011. Previously held various management positions at Philips Semiconductors and NXP Semiconductors.