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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at Feintool International Holding AG currently comprises five members. At its first meeting following the annual general meeting, the Board of Directors meets to elect a Deputy Chairman, the members of the Audit Committee and also appoints the Secretary, who is not required to be a member of the Board of Directors.

At this time there is no Secretary in office. The relevant tasks are being undertaken by the members of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets as often as business requires, but no less than four times per year.
Alexander von Witzleben was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the AGM. Dr. Michael Soormann was elected Deputy Chairman. The terms of office for the Chairman and Deputy Chairman correspond to their terms as members of the Board of Directors unless a resolution to the contrary is approved by the Board of Directors. In accordance with Article 14 of the Articles of Incorporation, the term of office for members of the Board of Directors is one year. One year in office is defined as the period from one annual general meeting to the next.

Members of the Board of Directors are indefinitely eligible for reappointment. The Board of Directors should comprise individuals with business experience and an entrepreneurial mindset. The criteria for new elections to the Board of Directors are determined by the Compensation Committee. It prepares the selection of candidates in accordance with the list of criteria that has been drawn up. There is no age limit for members of the Board of Directors.
Additional information about the members of the Board of Directors and its working methods can be found in the Corporate Governance section of our most recent annual report.

Alexander von Witzleben (1963, D)

Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • Member since 1998
  • Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee

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Position

  • Member of the Board of Directors (non-executive)

Committees

  • Member of the Compensation and Nomination Committee and the Audit Committee

Qualifications

  • Studied economics at the University of Passau

Professional background

  • 1990–1993 KPMG Deutsche Treuhand Gesellschaft, Munich (GER)
    Lead Auditor
  • 1993–2007 Jenoptik AG, Jena (GER)
    Firstly as Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Executive Officer from 2004
  • 2007–2008 Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, Duisburg (GER)
    Member of the Management Board
  • Since 20 January 2009
    Chairman of the Board of Directors of Feintool International Holding AG, Lyss

Other activities and commitments

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Arbonia AG, Arbon
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PVA TePla AG, Wettenberg (GER)
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, Leipzig (GER)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Artemis Holding AG, Aarburg
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, Siegburg (GER)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen (GER)

Dr. Michael Soormann (1958, D)

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • Member since 2010
  • Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee and of the Audit Committee

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Position

  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors (non-executive)

Committees

  • Chairman of the Compensation and Nomination Committee and of the Audit Committee

Qualifications

  • Degree in commerce from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Nuremberg), 1984
  • Doctorate in political science (Dr. sc. pol.) from the University of Kiel, 1988

Professional background

  • 1988–1992 Treuarbeit GmbH/Coopers & Lybrand, Hamburg/Berlin (GER)
    Business Consultant
  • 1992–1994 Sandoz AG, Nuremberg (GER)
    Internal Auditing
  • 1994–2004 MBT Deutschland/Degussa Construction Chemicals Schweiz AG, Zurich
    CFO, CEO
  • 2004–2007 Degussa Construction Chemicals Europe, Zurich
    Administrative General Manager
  • 2007–2009 Franke Artemis Group, Hergiswil
    Director
  • Since 2010
    Member of the Group Management of Franke Artemis Holding AG resp. Artemis Holding AG, Aarburg

Other activities and commitments

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Reppisch Werke AG, Dietikon

 

Norbert Indlekofer (1958, D)

Non-executive Director

  • Member since 2018
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Position

  • Member of the Board of Directors (non-executive)

Education

  • Degree in mechanical engineering, University of Stuttgart

Professional background

  • 2014-2016 Schaeffler AG:
    CEO Automotive
  • 2009-2010 Schaeffler Automotive:
    Chief Executive Officer
  • 2006-2009 INA-Schaeffler KG
    Chairman of the Management Board: Transmission and Chassis Systems
  • 2006-2009 LUK Group
    Chairman of the Management Board

Additional activities and vested interests

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Autoneum Holding AG in Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Gienanth GmbH in Eisenberg, Germany

Thomas Erb (1945, CH)

Non-executive Director

  • Member since 2012

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Position

  • Member of the Board of Directors (non-executive)

Qualifications

  • Studied law at the University of Zurich 1965–1966
  • Studied business administration and management in Basel (Sandoz Management Programme) and in the UK

Professional background

  • 1970–1977 Various positions at Sandoz AG, Basel, including marketing management for country organizations within the Chemicals division
  • 1977–1986 Positions as Head of Division and CEO in Scandinavia and the UK for Sandoz Chemicals Ltd.
  • 1987–1995 CEO for MBT Asia/Pacific (headquartered in Japan), a region of MBT Construction Chemicals Ltd. (division of Sandoz AG)
  • 1995–2001 COO and CEO of MBT (and SKW-MBT) Construction Chemicals Ltd. (division of Sandoz AG; from 1996 a division of SKW Trostberg, Germany)
  • Since 2001 positions as consultant and director

Other activities and commitments

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Artemis Holding AG and of Franke Holding AG

Heinz Loosli (1954, CH)

Non-executive Director

  • Member since 2017

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Position

  • Member of the Board of Directors (non-executive)

Qualifications

  • Engineer (dipl. ing. HTL), qualified marketing and sales specialist and Stanford Executive Program (SEP)

Professional background

  • 1978–1994 H. A. Schlatter AG:
    Sales Manager (1978–1984),
    Country Manager – China (1985–1988),
    Head of Automation profit centre (1988–1994)
  • 1994–1996 Ascom Autelca AG
    Head of Ticketing division
  • 1996–2009 Feintool Group
    Head of Presses and Systems at Feintool AG Lyss and later of Feintool System Parts
  • 2009–2016 Feintool Group
    CEO

Other activities and commitments

  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of Felss Holding GmbH, Königsbach-Stein (GER)