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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 University of 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 was member of the Management Board and CEO in various areas at ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen (Germany), Edwin Eichler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden (Germany) since 2009. At SMS Holding GmbH, Düsseldorf (Deutschland), he has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2013 and Chairman of the Supervisory Board since April 2016. Edwin Eichler is also a member of the University Council of the University of Dortmund (Germany).

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

Martin Haefner, Swiss citizen, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMAG Automobil- und Motoren AG and Careal Holding AG. After obtaining the Matura and studying mathematics, for 25 years he taught mathematics at the cantonal schools in Baden and Lucerne, before joining his late father Walter Haefner’s Group, who passed away in 2012. Martin Haefner holds a degree in mathematics from ETH Zurich.

Michael Büchter (DE) | non executive member

Michael Büchter completed an apprenticeship in international trade at H.K. Westendorff, Dusseldorf, 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, Michael Büchter headed up the Metal Desk and served as a member of the branch Executive Committee of ING Belgium in Geneva (Switzerland). Since 2014, he has been a member of the Board of Traxys Sarl, Luxembourg. 

Marco Musetti (CH)  | non executive member

Marco Musetti has a master’s degree in management 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; Chairman 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 United Company Rusal Plc, Hong Kong (China), since 2016.

Vladimir Polienko (RUS) | non executive member

Vladimir Polienko, Russian citizen, is deputy CEO of the Renova Group (Moscow, Russia) and has more than 15 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in various industries. Since 2010, he has held various positions at Renova, with a focus on investments, strategy and portfolio management. Vladimir Polienko has a master’s degree from the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

Dr. Heinz Schumacher (DE) | non executive member

Dr Heinz Schumacher, lawyer, was elected as a member of the Board of Directors 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 in Germany, a group of corporations for international property and investment management. In addition to that Dr Schumacher has regularly been in further positions. Currently he is in function in Switzerland as Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bergbahnen Disentis AG, in Germany as Chairman of the Management Board of Stiftung Prosper Hospital, Recklinghausen, and of the Advisory Committee of Eggert KG, as Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of KVVR Klinik Verbund Vest Recklinghausen gGmbH and of VKKD Verbund Katholischer Kliniken Düsseldorf gGmbH, as Member of the Supervisory Boards of Arenberg Consult GmbH, Düsseldorf and of TownTalker Media AG, Düsseldorf, and also in Canada as Member of the Board of Directors of ARCI-Investments Inc., Calgary.

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, Dr Thum was a principal of Earlybird Venture Capital, Munich (Germany) and from 2001 to 2009, managing director of General Atlantic, Dusseldorf (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.

Corporate Secretary: Dr. David P. Henry