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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 September 26, 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). From 1996 to 2002 he was a member of the Executive Committee of Bertelsmann Arvato AG. Between 2002 and 2012, Edwin Eichler was a member of the Management Board and CEO in various areas at Thyssen-Krupp 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 (Germany), he has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2013 and Chairman of the Supervisory Board since April 2016, whereas Mr. Eichler is also a member of the Family Board of SMS Holding GmbH. Edwin Eichler is also a member of the University Council of the University of Dortmund (Germany). From 2016 to April 2018, Edwin Eichler was a Senior Advisor to the Renova Group.

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

Isabel Corinna Knauf holds a degree in mining engineering from RWTH Aachen University. Among other positions, Ms. Knauf was Head of the Corporate Development / M&A Division at 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.

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 September 26, 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. Mr. Musetti was the Investment Director at Renova Management AG in Zurich from 2007 to 2018. 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.

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. 

Corporate Secretary: Dr. David P. Henry