4. Group Management

4.1. Members of the Group Management

As at 31 December 2019, Group Management consisted of Dr Peter Pfeilschifter (CEO), Jürgen Brandt (CFO), Christoph Peternell (COO), and Managing Director Baby Care, Frank Hoogland. The Dairy Ingredients and Cereals & Ingredients divisions are managed directly by the CEO.

4.2. Professional background and other activities and interests

Dr Peter Pfeilschifter

1965, German citizen; Place of residence: Müswangen LU, Eberbach (Germany). Position: CEO since 2019, Managing Director Dairy Ingredients since 2018. Training/degree: Studies in economics and business organisation (1992 MBA) and doctorate in economic sciences (1996) at the Bundeswehr University Munich (Germany). Professional background: 1995 to1997 Senior Consultant, Coopers & Lybrand, Essen and Munich (Germany); 1997 to 2003 various leadership roles at ABB Schweiz AG, Baden and Zurich (Switzerland); 2003 to 2010 various leadership roles at Gelita AG, Eberbach (Germany) including Area President Europe, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer; 2010 to 2011 Head of Company 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 at Uckermärker Milch GmbH, Prenzlau (Germany). Other activities: Board of Directors of the HOCHDORF subsidiaries; Managing Director Uckermärker Milch GmbH, Prenzlau (Germany), Marbacher Ölmühle GmbH, Marbach (Germany) and Zifru Trockenprodukte GmbH, Zittau (Germany); Chair of the Board of Trustees for the pension fund for HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd, Member of the German Senate of Economy since 2016. 

Jürgen Brandt

1956, Swiss and German citizen; Place of residence: Forch ZH. Position: CFO since 2019. Training/degree: Degree in industrial engineering (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing) (FH), Esslingen (Germany). Professional background: 1995 to 2006 CFO of various companies in different European countries; 2007 to 2010 CFO of Austrian Energy & Environment Group (Austria); 2010 to 2014, CFO of Sulzer AG, Winterthur (Switzerland); since 2015 independent entrepreneur with consulting activities. Other activities: Since 2013, member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee at Bobst Group SA, Mex (Switzerland); Member of the Board of Directors Belimed Life Science Ltd, Sulgen (Switzerland).

Christoph Peternell

1965, German citizen; Place of residence: Zug, Constance (Germany). Position: COO since June 2015. Training/degree: Graduate food engineer (Diplom), 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 Operations, Fresh Start Bakeries INC. (Germany); 2008 to 2015 various national and international mandates as independent interim Operations Manager of food enterprises. Other activities: Board of Trustees of the pension fund for HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd.

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 & market research at Tilburg University, Netherlands. Professional experience: Until 2001 Product Business Manager, Philips N.V. (Netherlands); 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
  2. three mandates as board member or as member of other top executive or governing bodies of public companies pursuant to Art. 727 (1) no. 2 of the Swiss Code of Obligations (CO); and additionally
  3. five mandates as board member or as member of other executive or governing bodies of other legal entities that do not meet the aforementioned criteria.