Board of Directors
Paul Hälg (1954, ch)
Chairman - term expires in 2020
Paul Hälg was appointed to the Board and Chairman of Datwyler Holding Inc. at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. He is a member of the Audit Committee and a Director of Dätwyler Cabling Solutions AG, a sister company of publicly listed Dätwyler Holding Inc. 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 listed Sika Ltd. and Director of Sonceboz Automotive SA. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the ETH Foundation, Swisscontact and of the Swiss air-rescue service Rega. 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 2020
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 Nomination and Compensaion 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 Axpo Holding AG and of Hatebur Metalforming Equipment Ltd. As Executive Chairman of the robotics spinoff ANYbotics AG, he brings valuable digital competence to the Datwyler Board of Directors. 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. From 2010 until 2011 he was CEO of the Implenia Construction Services Group. 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).
JENS BREU (1972, CH)
Director - BEARER SHAREHOLDERS' REPRESENTATIVE - Term expires in 2020
Jens Breu was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dätwyler Holding Inc. as a representative of the bearer shareholders at the 2019 General Meeting. Since early 2016 he serves as CEO of the listed SFS Group, for which he has held various posi-tions since 1995.
Among other functions, Jens Breu was head of production in the USA for eight years. He was promoted to Head of the Industrial Division in 2012 and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. The 46-year-old Swiss national has a degree in me-chanical engineering from the St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences and an MBA from Cleveland State University in the USA.
Claude R. Cornaz (1961, CH)
Director - Term expires in 2020
Claude R. Cornaz was appointed to the Board of Directors of Datwyler Holding AG at the 2018 General Meeting. He is a member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee.
From 2000 to 2017, Claude R. Cornaz was the delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Vetropack Group. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vetropack Group at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the listed Bucher Industries Group. In addition, he is member of the Board of Directors of Glas Trösch Holding AG and Vice Chairman of H. Goessler AG and Cornaz AG-Holding. Claude R. Cornaz is a graduated mechanical engineer ETH / BWI.
Juerg Fedier (1955, CH)
Director, BEARER SHARESHOLDERS’ REPRESENTATIVE - Term expires in 2020
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 is Director of the listed Ascom Holding Inc. He 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 2020
Gabi Huber was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. in 2013 and is a member of the Nomination and Compensation 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. Furthermore, she is a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss air-rescue service Rega. 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.
Hanno Ulmer (1957, AT)
Director - term expires in 2020
Hanno Ulmer was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. He is a member of the Audit 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 (1961, Cn)
director- Term expires in 2020
Zhiqiang Zhang was appointed to the Board of Dätwyler Holding Inc. at the Annual General Meeting 2016. The Chinese national works for ABB China as Country Managing Director as per October 2018. From 2012 until September 2018 he had been with the Swedish Sandvik Group serving as Senior Vice President of the Group 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).
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.