Board of Directors

The following overview provides details of the composition of the Board of Directors

 

 

Edwin Eichler (DE) | Chairman  | non executive member

Edwin Eichler has a degree (Diplom) in computer science from the Universityof the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich (Germany). He was first elected to the Board of Directors on 26 September 2013. Alongside his German Federal Armed Forces obligations, Edwin Eichler took care of the family-owned business, the church bell foundry Perner GmbH & Co KG, Passau (Germany), from 1978 to 1990. From 1990 to 2002, Mr Eichler worked for Bertelsmann AG, Gütersloh (Germany), serving on the Executive Committee of Bertelsmann Arvato AG from 1996 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2012, Edwin Eichler occupied various positions on the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen (Germany): CEO of TK Material Services AG (2002 to 2009), CEO of TK Elevator AG (2005 to 2009), CEO of TK Stainless AG (2009), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TK Stainless AG (2009 to 2012), CEO of TK Steel Americas (2009 to 2012), CEO of Thyssen Krupp Steel Europe AG (2009 to 2012) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TK Material Services AG. Edwin Eichler has been a member of the Supervisory Boards of SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden (Germany) since 2009, Heidelberg Druck AG, Heidelberg (Germany) since 2005, and SMS Siemag GmbH, Düsseldorf (Germany) since 2013. Edwin Eichler is also a member of the University Council of the University of Dortmund (Germany). He has been CEO of the Sapinda Group since January 2014.

 

 

Martin Haefner (CH) | Vice Chairman  | non executive member

Martin Haefner, born 1954, Swiss citizen, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMAG Automobil- und Motoren AG and of Careal Holding AG. He was first elected to the Board of Directors on 3 May 2016. After passing his A-levels and having studied mathematics, he has taught mathematics for over 20 years at the Cantonal High Schools of Baden and Lucerne, before moving to the group of companies founded by his father Walter Haefner, who had passed away in 2012. Martin Haefer holds a degree in Mathematics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).

 

 

Michael Büchter (DE) | non executive member

Michael Büchter completed an apprenticeship in international trade at H.K. Westendorff, Düsseldorf, in 1970. He was first elected to the Board of Directors on 26 September 2013. From 1970 to 1972, Michael Büchter worked for Stalco International Inc., New York (USA) and from 1972 to 1986 for Brandeis Goldschmidt & Co. Ltd., London (United Kingdom), in roles ranging from junior trader in New York, General Manager Far East in Tokyo (Japan) and director in London. Brandeis Goldschmidt & Co. Ltd. is a founding member of the London Metal Exchange and International Metal Merchants. Between 1986 and 1991, Michael Büchter was director and Global Head of Metal Trading for Hoffling House & Co. Ltd., London. From 1991 to 2014, Mr Büchter headed up the Metal Desk and served as a member of the branch Executive Committee of ING Belgium in Geneva (Switzerland). He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Traxys Sarl (Luxembourg) since 2014, and a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of F.W. Hempel Intermétaux SA in Geneva since June 20.

 

 

Marco Musetti (CH)  | non executive member

Marco Musetti has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and a Master of Science in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom). He was first elected to the Board of Directors on 26 September 2013. Marco Musetti served as Deputy Head of Metals Desk for Banque Bruxelles Lambert (Suisse) S.A., Geneva (Switzerland), from 1992 to 1998, and he worked for Banque Cantonale Vaudoise in Lausanne as Head of Metals and Structured Finance Desk from 1998 to 2000. Mr Musetti was COO and deputy CEO of Aluminium Silicon Marketing GmbH, Zug (Switzerland), from 2000 to 2007. Since 2007, he has been a member of the upper management of Renova Management AG in Zurich (Switzerland). From 2007 to 2014, he held management positions at various Renova group companies (deputy CEO of Venetos Holding AG, Zurich; CEO of Avelar Energy Ltd, Zurich, and CEO of Energetic Source Spa, Milan (Italy)). Marco Musetti has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sulzer AG, Winterthur (Switzerland), since 2011 and a member of the Board of Directors of CIFC Corp., New York (USA), since 2014.

 

 

Vladimir Polienko (RUS) | non executive member

Vladimir Polienko, born in 1980, Russian citizen, is the Deputy Managing Director of Renova Group (Moscow, Russia) and has over 15 years of experience in M&A and portfolio management in various industries. He was first elected to the Board of Directors on 3 May 2016. Since 2010, he held various positions at Renova, mainly focused on investments, strategy and portfolio management activities of the group. Vladimir Polienko holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

 

 

Dr. Heinz Schumacher (DE) | non executive member

Dr Heinz Schumacher, lawyer, was elected as a member of the Board of
Directors for the first time on 26 September 2013. Since 1977 he has been practising law in his own firm and since 1984 he has also been managing director at Arenbergische Gesellschaften (Germany), a group of corporations for property and investment management. In addition, his posts include Honorary President of the Board of Directors of Bergbahnen Disentis AG (Switzerland), Chairman of the Management Board of Stiftung Prosper-Hospital (Germany), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KVVR Klinik Verbund Vest Recklinghausen gGmbH (Germany), VKKD Verbund Katholischer Kliniken Düsseldorf gGmbH (Germany), Arenberg Consult GmbH (Germany), Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Eggert KG (Germany) and member of the Supervisory Board of Town-Talker Media AG (Germany).

 

 

Dr. Oliver Thum (DE)  | non executive member

Dr Oliver Thum holds a PhD and a M.Sc. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, Stanford (USA). He was first elected to the Board of Directors on 26 September 2013. From 1990 to 1992, Dr Oliver Thum worked for BHF Bank, Stuttgart (Germany). From 1998 to 2000, he was a consultant at Bain & Company, San Francisco (USA). From 2000 to 2001, Mr Thum was a principal of Earlybird Venture Capital, Munich (Germany) and from 2001 to 2009, managing director of General Atlantic, Düsseldorf (Germany) and London (United Kingdom). He has been managing partner of the private equity firm Elvaston Partners, London since 2009 and Elvaston Capital Management GmbH, Berlin (Germany) since 2013. Since 2013, he has been managing director at Schmolz + Bickenbach GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf (Germany).

 

 

Corporate Secretary: Dr. David P. Henry