Board of Directors

Paul Hälg (1954, ch)

Chairman - term expires in 2018

Paul Hälg was appointed to the Board and Chairman of Datwyler Holding Inc. at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. From 2004 until the end of 2016 Paul Hälg had managed the Datwyler Group as CEO. 

Before joining Datwyler, he served on Forbo Group's Executive Board as Executive Vice President of Forbo Adhesives. From 1986 to 2001, he held a number of management positions with Gurit-Essex (Gurit-Heberlein Group), ultimately as CEO. In the five years prior to that, he worked for the Swiss Aluminium Group. Paul Hälg is Chairman of Sika Ltd. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Dätwyler Cabling Solutions AG, a sister company of publicly listed Dätwyler Holding Inc. He studied chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, graduating with a doctorate (DSc).

Dr. Hanspeter Faessler (1956, CH)

Vice Chairman - Term expires in 2018

Hanspeter Fässler has been a Director of Datwyler Holding Inc. since 2004 and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2017. He also is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Datwyler Cabling Solutions AG, a sister company of the publicly listed Dätwyler Holding Inc.

He is also a member of the board of Hatebur Metalforming Equipment Ltd. Until end of 2014 he was heading the worldwide business unit Grid Systems of the ABB Group. From 2010 until 2011 he was CEO of the Implenia Construction Services Group. Before that Hanspeter Fässler held various national and international management positions within the ABB Group, including the position of Country Manager Switzerland. From 2006 to 2010 he was responsible for ABB's Mediterranean Region and Country Manager of ABB Italy. He earned a doctorate specialising in mechatronics/robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and also holds an Engineer's degree from Stanford University (USA).

Fedier Jürg

Juerg Fedier (1955, CH)

Director, BEARER SHARESHOLDERS’ REPRESENTATIVE - Term expires in 2018

Juerg Fedier was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and representative of the bearer shareholders. Since 2009, he serves as Chief Financial Officer of the world wide operating and stock quoted Oerlikon Group.

From 2007 to 2008 he acted as CFO of Ciba Group. Between 2006 and 2007, he was Head of Finance of Dow Europe and a Member of the Executive Board. From 2002 to 2006, Jürg Fedier served as Vice President Finance for Dow Chemical, Performance Chemicals, USA, between 2000 and 2002 as Global Business Finance Director for Dow Chemical, Thermosets. From 1978 to 2000, he filled several management positions with Dow Chemical in the USA and in Asia. Jürg Fedier holds a Commercial Diploma from the College of Commerce in Zurich, Switzerland, and completed international executive management programs at the IMD, Switzerland, and the University of Michigan, USA.

Gabi Huber (1956, CH)

Director - Term expires in 2018

Gabi Huber was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. in 2013 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Co-owner of the law firm of Bachmann & Huber in Altdorf, she has practised as an independent lawyer and notary public since 1982 and was certified as a mediator in 2006. 

She represented the Canton of Uri in the National Council from 2003 to 2015 and was the “FDP. The Liberals” parliamentary group leader from 2008 to 2015. Prior to her election to the National Council, Gabi Huber served as a member of the cantonal government and head of the Finance Department of the Canton of Uri from 1996 to 2004. From 2002 to 2004, she was president of the Uri cantonal executive. She is Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of UBS Switzerland AG and a delegate of Swiss Mobiliar Cooperative Company. Gabi Huber graduated 1980 from the University of Fribourg, completed a course of study at Columbia University, New York and did a doctorate in law 1990.

Ernst Odermatt (1948, CH)

Director - Term expires in 2018

Ernst Odermatt (1948, Swiss) was appointed to the Board of Daetwyler Holding Inc. in 2004 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Until the end of 2005, he was CEO of the Oerlikon Contraves Group, in which capacity he served on the Executive Board of Rheinmetall DeTec AG, Duesseldorf, having held a number of management positions with Oerlikon Contraves since 1978.

He is Chairman of Markus Hofstetter AG and a Director of Colibrys S.A. Ernst Odermatt is also a member of the Advisory Board of CGS Private Equity Partnership. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and a degree in business administration from the University of Zurich.

Hanno Ulmer

Hanno Ulmer (1957, AT)

Director - term expires in 2018

Hanno Ulmer was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. He is a member of the remuneration committee. He has served on the Executive Board of Doppelmayr Holding AG, the parent company of the world’s leading ropeway manufacturer based in Austria, since 1994 and, additionally, as Managing Director of Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH since 2009.

Hanno Ulmer has held various finance and management positions within the Doppelmayr Group since 1976. He is also a Director of Ropetrans AG and Garaventa AG and a Supervisory Board member of Bank für Tirol und Voralberg AG. Hanno Ulmer completed university studies in export and international management.

Zhiqiang Zhang

Zhiqiang Zhang (1961, Cn)

director- Term expires in 2018

Zhiqiang Zhang was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. at the Annual General Meeting 2016. The Chinese national has been with the Swedish Sandvik Group since 2012 and as Senior Vice President of the Group he is responsible for the Asia Pacific region.

From 2005 to 2012 he was President of Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China Region and from 1999 to 2005 he served as President of Siemens VDO Automotive China. Prior to that, Zhiqiang Zhang supported the development of the Chinese market since 1987 in various management positions at Siemens. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Georg Fischer Group. Zhiqiang Zhang holds a Bachelor of Sciences of Northern Jiatong University, Beijing (China) and an MBA of Queen's University, Kingston (Canada).

Honorary Directors

Roland Zimmerli (1934, CH)

Honary Chairman - since 2005

During his 35 years of committed service in a variety of management positions, Roland Zimmerli (1934, Swiss) helped to shape Daetwyler into a Group of international dimensions. After the IPO, he circumspectly transformed Daetwyler from a family-owned business into a public company.

In appreciation of his services to the Daetwyler Group, the Board appointed him Honorary Chairman in 2005, following his term as Chairman from 1999 to 2005. Before joining the Board, Roland Zimmerli served as CEO of Daetwyler Holding Inc. from 1991 to 1999. His expertise was also much sought after on the Boards of renowned Swiss companies. He graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Zurich.

Max Daetwyler (1929, CH)

Honorary Director - Since 1999

Max Daetwyler (1929, Swiss) was Chairman of Daetwyler Holding Inc. from its inception in 1958 until 1965. After handing over the Chairmanship to outside Directors, he continued to serve as Deputy Chairman and Executive Director until the end of 1999.

Together with his late brother, Peter Daetwyler, Max Daetwyler was instrumental in building Daetwyler Holding Inc. into a diversified international corporation and, in 1990, ensured the Group’s long-term independence through the shareholders’ agreement of Daetwyler Fuehrungs AG. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and a degree in economics from the University of Zurich.