Members of the Board

From left: André Hoffmann, Vice-Chairman; Prof. em. Dr Dres. h. c. Henner Schierenbeck, Director; Dr Nabil Y. Sakkab, Director; Dr Jürg Witmer, Chairman; Irina du Bois, Director; Peter Kappeler, Director; Thomas Rufer, Director

Dr Jürg Witmer

Chairman

Attorney
Swiss national, born 1948
Non-executive
First elected in 1999
Current term of office expires in 2012

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clariant AG, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Syngenta AG. Jürg Witmer joined Roche (1978) in the legal department and subsequently held a number of positions including Assistant to the CEO, General Manager of Roche Far East in Hong Kong, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Roche headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and General Manager of Roche Austria. He was appointed CEO of Givaudan in 1999 and became Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005. He has a doctorate in law from the University of Zürich, as well as a degree in international studies from the University of Geneva.

André Hoffmann

Vice-Chairman

Businessman
Swiss national, born 1958
Non-executive
First elected in 2000
Current term of office expires in 2012

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Roche Holding Ltd, Member of the Board of Amazentis SA, Genentech Inc, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, INSEAD and MedAssurant Inc. Chairman of FIBA – Fondation Internationale du Banc d’Arguin, Fondation MAVA, Living Planet Fund Management Co., Massellaz SA as well as Nemadi Advisors Ltd. Vice-President of Fondation Tour du Valat and WWF International. André Hoffmann became Head of Administration of the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in France (1983) and then joined James Capel and Co. Corporate Finance Ltd, London as an associate at the Continental Desk (1985), and later became Manager for European Mergers and Acquisitions. He joined Nestlé UK, London as a brand manager (1991). He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen and holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.

Irina du Bois

Director

Chemical Engineer
Swiss and German national, born in 1946
Non-executive
First elected 2010
Current term of office expires in 2013

Chairperson of the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’histoire du temps présent. Irina du Bois started her career at Nestlé as Regulatory Affairs Manager (1976) and became Head of Regulatory Affairs (1986), subsequently taking on the additional function of Corporate Environmental Officer (1990). Before retiring from Nestlé in 2010, she headed the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs department (2004-2009). Active in a number of organisations and institutions related to the food industry, Irina du Bois has been chairperson of the International Standards Expert Group of the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU; member of the International Organisations Committee of the International Life Sciences Institute; member of the Biotechnology Committee of the Swiss Society of Chemical Industries; and member of the Swiss committee of the Codex Alimentarius. She holds a diploma in chemical engineering of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Peter Kappeler

Director

Businessman
Swiss national, born 1947
Non-executive
First elected in 2005
Current term of office expires in 2013

Chairman of the Board of Berner Kantonalbank until May 2008, Member of the Board of Directors of Cendres et Métaux SA, Schweizerische Mobiliar Holding AG, Schweizerische Mobiliar Genossenschaft. Peter Kappeler has served in different industrial and banking companies. For 17 years, he was head of BEKB/BCBE (Berner Kantonalbank), from 1992 to 2003 as CEO and until 2008 as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of various boards, including the Summer Academy Foundation at the Paul Klee Center. He holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD as well as a degree in engineering from the ETH Zürich.

Thomas Rufer

Director

Certified Public Accountant
Swiss national, born 1952
Non-executive
First elected in 2009
Current term of office expires in 2012

Member of various public and private bodies such as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Berner Kantonalbank, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Audit Oversight Authority and Member of the Swiss Takeover Board. Thomas Rufer joined Arthur Andersen (1976) where he held several positions in audit and business consulting (accounting, organisation, internal control and risk management). He was Country Managing Partner for Arthur Andersen Switzerland (1993-2001). Since 2002, he has been an independent consultant in accounting, corporate governance, risk management and internal control. He holds a degree in business administration (économiste d’entreprise HES) and is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant.

Dr Nabil Y. Sakkab

Director

Businessman
American national, born 1947
Non-executive
First elected in 2008
Current terms of office expires in 2011

Member of the Board of Altria Group Inc, Aplion Medical LLC, BiOWiSH Technologies, Creata Ventures and Deinove. Advisory Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Nabil Y. Sakkab joined Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati (1974) and retired from the same Company (2007) as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Research and Development. During this time, he served on P&G’s Leadership Council and the Innovation Committee of P&G’s Board of Directors. He is the author of several scientific and innovation management publications and co-inventor on more than 27 patents. Nabil Y. Sakkab graduated with a BSc degree in Chemistry from American University of Beirut and a PhD in Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Prof. em. Dr Dres. h. c. Henner Schierenbeck

Director

Professor
German national, born 1946
Non-executive
First elected in 2000
Current term of office expires in 2011

Professor of Bank Management and Controlling at the University of Basel, scientific adviser for the ‘Zentrum für Ertragsorientiertes Bankmanagement’ (Münster/Westfalen), Member of the Supervisory Board of DIA Consult AG. Henner Schierenbeck became a Professor of Accounting (1978), and of Banking (1980), at the University of Münster. He became Professor of Bank Management and Controlling at the University of Basel (1990). Since January 2010, he is Professor emeritus. He holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg, together with two honorary doctoral degrees from the State University of Riga, Latvia and Mercartor School of Management, Duisburg, Germany.


Committees of the Board
Jürg Witmer
Chairman
André
Hoffmann
Irina
du Bois
Peter
Kappeler
Thomas
Rufer
Nabil
Sakkab
Henner
Schierenbeck
Audit
Nomination and Governance
Compensation

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