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Board of Directors

Jens Alder (CH)

Chairman  | non-executive member

Jens Alder is Executive Chairman of Alpiq Holding Ltd. in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2019, and Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2015. Between 2009 and 2018, he was a Board member of several companies, including CA, Inc., New York, USA, from which positions he largely resigned after joining Alpiq. Over the past decade, Jens Alder has served as Chairman of various companies including Goldbach Group AG, Küsnacht, Switzerland, Sanitas Health Insurances, Zurich, Switzerland, BG Ingénieurs Conseils, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Industrielle Werke Basel, Switzerland. From 2006 to 2008 he was CEO of TDC A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 1999 to 2006, he was CEO of Swisscom AG, based in Berne, Switzerland. Jens Alder previously held management positions at Swisscom, Alcatel Switzerland, Motor-Columbus, Alcatel STR, and Standard Telephon & Radio. Jens Alder holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Martin Haefner (CH)

Vice-Chairman  | non-executive member

Martin Haefner is Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMAG Group Holding AG and Careal Property 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 the group of corporations founded by his late father Walter Haefner, 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, Düsseldorf, in 1970. He was first elected to the Board of Directors on September 26, 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.

Isabel Corinna Knauf (DE)

non-executive member

Mrs. Knauf holds a master’s degree in mining engineering from RWTH Aachen University. Since 1982, Mrs. Knauf has been a limited partner of Gebrüder Knauf KG. Between 1997 and 2002, Mrs. Knauf worked for ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG and ThyssenKrupp Steel AG in various positions, including as Division Head within the Corporate Development and M&A unit of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG. Since 2006 Ms. Knauf is a member of the Group Management Committee of the Knauf Group, a leading manufacturer of building materials with sales of around EUR 7 billion, and is a member of various supervisory bodies of the Knauf Group.

Alexey Moskov (CY)

non-executive member

Alexey Moskov is the owner and Executive Chairman of Witel AG in Zurich, Switzerland, since 2018. Previously, he was COO of Renova Management Holding AG, Zurich, Switzerland. From 1998 to 2004, Alexey Moskov was Vice Chairman and Member of the Executive Board of Tyumen Oill Company (now TNK-BP) and Member of the Board of Directors of Slavneft NGK, both in Moscow, Russia. In 2016 he was elected to the Board of Directors of OC Oerlikon, Pfäffikon SZ, Switzerland. Alexey Moskov holds a Master's degree in Engineering and Development from the Moscow State Railway University (Department of Technical Cybernetics), Moscow, Russia.

Dr. Oliver Thum (DE)

non-executive member

Dr. Oliver Thum holds a PhD and an M.Sc. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, Stanford (USA). He was first elected to the Board of Directors on September 26, 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, 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 of SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf. 

Adrian Widmer (CH)

non-executive member

Adrian Widmer is Group CFO of Sika AG, a global specialty chemical company based in Baar, Switzerland, since 2014. Previously, he was Head Group Controlling and M&A at Sika from 2007 to 2014. Between 1995 and 2007 Adrian Widmer held various management positions. From 2005 to 2007 he was Managing Director Construction Systems Germany/Austria/ Switzerland at BASF (Degussa) Construction Chemicals, Switzerland, and from 2000 to 2005 Head of Finance, Finance Director Business Line Flooring Europe, and Manager Corporate Finance at Degussa Construction Chemicals, Switzerland. At Textron Industrial Products in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland, Adrian Widmer was Manager M&A from 1997 to 2000. From 1995 to 1997 he worked as Market Development Manager at Textron Inc. in the United States and in the United Kingdom, after having been Business Analyst at Nordostschweizer Kraftwerke (NOK) in Switzerland from 1994 to 1995. Adrian Widmer holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and has completed the Advanced Management Program of INSEAD Fontainebleau, France and company Executive Trainings at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.