4. Group Management

4.1. Members of the Group Management

As at 31 December 2018, Group Management consisted of Dr Thomas Eisenring (CEO), Marcel Gavillet (CFO), Christoph Peternell (COO), Dr Peter Pfeilschifter (Managing Director Dairy Ingredients) and Frank Hoogland (Managing Director Baby Care). Until further notice, the area of Cereals & Ingredients will be managed directly by the CEO.

4.2. Professional background and other activities and interests

Dr Thomas Eisenring

1965; Swiss citizen. Place of residence: Winterthur ZH. Position: CEO since 2013. Training/degree: Mechanic, Dr. oec. University of St. Gallen. Professional experience: 1985 to 1991 aircraft mechanic, Swissair, Zurich airport; 1993 to 1997 senior consultant, Schuh & Co. Complexity Management, St. Gallen; 1998 to 2000 interim regional manager (Rhine/Ruhr), Peiniger Group, Leverkusen, Germany; 2000 to 2002 Director in the field of Business Regeneration Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zurich; 2002 to 2008 Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO and Head of Sales, SEVEX AG, Sevelen; 2008 to 2013 Member of the Executive Management and principal partner, of ZIFRU Trockenprodukte GmbH, Zittau, Germany. Other activities: Chairman of the Board of Directors of all HOCHDORF subsidiaries; Chairman of the foundation board of the HOCHDORF pension fund. Since 2016, Advisory Board member of Hess Natur-Textilien GmbH, Butzbach, Germany.

Marcel Gavillet

1962; Swiss citizen. Place of residence: Retschwil LU. Position: CFO since 2003. Training/degree: University of applied sciences FH; MAS Corporate Finance; Certified IFRS Accountant. Professional background: 1996 to 1999 Head of Finance and Accounting at Nutriswiss AG, Lyss, then Managing Director from 1999 to 2003. Other activities: Active as member of the Board of Directors of the subsidiaries in Switzerland and abroad; Managing Director of the HOCHDORF pension fund.

Christoph Peternell

1965; German citizen. Place of residence: Zug, Constance (G). Position: COO since June 2015. Training/degree: Graduate food engineer (Diplom) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Professional background: 1994 to 2005 Head of the Production Unit and member of the extended management, Molda AG, Germany; 2005 to 2008 Managing Director Plant Operations and Head of Plant Operations, Fresh Start Bakeries INC., Germany; 2008 to 2015 various national and international mandates as independent interim Operations Manager of food enterprises. Other activities: None.

Dr Peter Pfeilschifter

1965; German citizen. Place of residence: Müswangen LU, Eberbach, Germany. Position: Managing Director Dairy Ingredients since April 2018. Training/degree: Studied economics and organisation sciences (1992 Dipl.-Kfm.) and doctorate (1996 Dr. rer. pol.) at the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany. Professional background: 1995 to 1997 Senior Consultant, Coopers & Lybrand, Essen and Munich, Germany; 1997 to 2003 various management positions at ABB Schweiz AG, Baden and Zurich; 2003 to 2010 various management positions at Gelita AG, Eberbach, Germany, including as Area President Europe, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer; 2010 to 2011 Head of Corporate Development at Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GmbH, Leppersdorf/Dresden, Germany; 2011 Interim Managing Director at Gyma Deutschland GmbH, Kamp-Lintfort, Germany; 2011 to 2017 General Manager and Senior Site Director at Glanbia Nutritionals Deutschland GmbH, Orsingen-Nenzingen, Germany; since 2017 Managing Director of Uckermärker Milch GmbH, Prenzlau, Germany. Other activities: Member of the German Senate of Economy since 2016.

Frank Hoogland

1972; Dutch citizen. Place of residence: Horgen ZH. Position: Managing Director Baby Care since January 2017. Training/degree: MAS in Business Economics with major in marketing & marketing research at Tilburg University, Netherlands. Professional experience: Product Business Manager, Philips N.V., Netherlands, until 2001; 2001 to 2003 Manager Private Label, Laurus N.V. (retail), Netherlands; 2003 to 2007 International Marketing Manager, Friesland Foods N.V., Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa; 2007 to 2012 Marketing Director, Hero AG, Benelux and China; 2012 to 2015 Business Development Director Infant Formula, Fonterra in China. 2015 to 2016 Head of Global Marketing & Sales, HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd, Switzerland. Other activities: None.

Pursuant to Article 24 of the Articles of Association, the maximum number of additional mandates that the members of the Group Management hold is: 

  1. One mandate as board member or as member of other top executive or governing bodies of public companies pursuant to Art. 727 (1) no. 1 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (CO); and additionally 727 Abs. 1 Ziff. 1 OR gelten; sowie zusätzlich
  2. Three mandates as board member or member of other top executive or governing bodies of companies within the meaning of Art. 727 (1) no. 2 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (CO); and additionally 727 Abs. 1 Ziff. 2 OR; sowie zusätzlich
  3. Five mandates as board member or member of other top executive or governing bodies of other legal entities that do not meet the aforementioned criteria.