Corporate Governance

Group Executive Board

The Chief Executive Officer, together with the Group Executive Board, is responsible for the management of the SFS Group.

Under his leadership, the Group Executive Board addresses all issues of relevance to the Group, takes decisions within its remit and submits proposals to the Board of Directors. The heads of the segments, divisions and corporate cross-functions are responsible for the outline and achievement of their business objectives and for the autonomous management of their units.

At the end of the reporting year, the Group Executive Board consisted of ten (PY nine) members:

As per 1 January 2019, Claude Stadler was elected into the Group Executive Board in his position as Head of the cross-functional Corporate Services. As per 1 July 2019 a change occurd in the position Head of Division Riveting were Urs Langenauer replaced Thomas Bamberger. Additionally the Head of Segment Distribution & Logistics was newly elected as per 1 January 2020. Iso Raunjak succeeds Josef Zünd in this position. In December 2019, SFS announced that CFO Rolf Frei expressed his desire to resign from his position as per Annual General Meeting 2021.

Group Executive Board on 01.01.2020, from left: Iso Raunjak, George Poh, Urs Langenauer, Rolf Frei, Arthur Blank, Jens Breu, J. Mark King, Walter Kobler, Claude Stadler, Alfred Schneider

Jens Breu

  • Chief Executive Officer since 2016
  • Head of Segment Engineered Components since 2014
  • Head of Segment Fastening Systems since 2014
  • With SFS since 1995
  • Swiss citizen, born 1972

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • Chief Operating Officer 2014 – 2015
  • Head of Division Industrial 2012 – 2013
  • Technical Director SFS intec 2008 – 2013
  • Vice President of manufacturing  SFS intec Inc. (US) 2000 – 2008
  • Tool engineer 1995 – 2000

Further functions

  • Dätwyler Holding AG, member of the BoD since 2019

Qualifications

  • MBA, Cleveland State University 2007
  • Mechanical engineer, FHS St. Gallen 1996

Thomas Bamberger

  • Head of Division Riveting 2014 – June 2019
  • With SFS (GESIPA) 1995 – 2019
  • German citizen, born 1961

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • Head of GESIPA Group 2008 – 2013
  • Managing Director GESIPA Germany 2006 – 2008

Qualifications

  • Stanford Executive Program, Stanford University 2013
  • Degree in mechanical engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt 1989

Arthur Blank

  • Head of Division Construction since 2014
  • With SFS since 1983
  • Swiss citizen, born 1959

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • General Manager Europe 2010 – 2013
  • Head of various Business Units 2008 – 2010
  • General Manager International Manufacturing 1998 – 2008

Qualifications

  • SKU Advanced Management Program, Switzerland 2000
  • International management program with focus on manufacturing management, IMD Lausanne 1994
  • Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.), Buchs Institute of Technology (NTB) 1982

Rolf Frei

  • Chief Financial Officer since 2003
  • With SFS since 1981
  • Swiss citizen, born 1958

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • Head of Corporate Controlling 1994 – 2003
  • Corporate Controller 1981 – 1994

Further functions

  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry St. Gallen – Appenzell, Member since 2015

Qualifications

  • Stanford Executive Program, Stanford University 2010
  • SKU Advanced Management Program, Switzerland 1995
  • Swiss certified expert for accounting and controlling 1987
  • Degree in business administration, FHS St. Gallen 1981

J. Mark King

  • Head of Division Medical since 2016
  • With SFS (Tegra Medical) since 2012
  • US citizen, born 1965

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Tegra Medical 2014 – 2016
  • Chief Operating Officer of Tegra Medical 2012 – 2014

Further functions

  • SafeCirc Clinic, New England, Member of the BoD since 2019
  • Clinical Innovations, President and Chief Executive Officer 2009 – 2012
  • Cardinal Health (formerly Baxter Healthcare/Allegiance Healthcare) 1994 – 2003
  • Johnson & Johnson Healthcare 1989 – 1994

Qualifications

  • Executive Education, University of Wisconsin and Duke University 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, Purdue University School of Technology 1987

Walter Kobler

  • Head of Division Industrial since 2014
  • With SFS since 1987
  • Swiss citizen, born 1963

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • General Manager of SFS intec aerospace activities 2004 – 2014

Qualifications

  • Stanford Executive Program, Stanford University 2012
  • Sales manager at the Institute of Marketing, University of St. Gallen 1994
  • Advanced courses in sales and leadership, Management Center St. Gallen 1992
  • Federally certified marketing planner, Kaderschule St. Gallen 1990

Urs Langenauer

  • Head of Division Riveting since 2019
  • With SFS since 1995
  • Swiss citizen, born 1979

Functions within SFS Group

  • General Manager Division Automotive, SFS Group USA 2013 – 2019
  • Vice President Manufacturing, SFS Group USA 2008 – 2013

Qualifications

  • Engineer in mechatronics, Universitiy of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, 2003

George Poh

  • Head of Division Electronics since 2014
  • With SFS (Unisteel) since 1995
  • Singapore citizen, born 1963

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • Chief Operating Officer Unisteel 2012 – 2014
  • Chief Technology Officer Unisteel 2011 – 2012
  • Managing Director Unisteel 2003 – 2011
  • Various management positions within Unisteel 1995 – 2003

Qualifications

  • MBA, University of Hull, UK 1998
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), mechanical engineering,
    University of Sheffield, UK 1988
  • Diploma mechanical engineering, Singapore Polytechnic 1983

Iso Raunjak

  • Head of Segment Distribution & Logistics since 2020
  • With SFS since 1992
  • Swiss citizen, born 1976

Functions within SFS Group

  • Head of BU Architectural Hardware 2018–2019
  • Head of BU Central Logistics 2010–2018

Qualifications

  • Diploma in logistics management at the University of St. Gallen 2014
  • Training in antitrust law at the University of 2008
  • Training as a technical merchant in 2004

Alfred Schneider

  • Head of Division Automotive since 2014
  • With SFS since 1987
  • Swiss citizen, born 1959

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • Member of the BoD of the joint venture in China, Sunil SFS intec since 2008
  • General Manager Automotive Products 2008 – 2013
  • General Manager Industrial Products 2002 – 2008

Further functions

  • Libracore AG, Member of the BoD since 2019

Qualifications

  • SKU Advanced Management Program, Switzerland 1999
  • Diploma in sales management, University of St. Gallen 1994
  • Business management, Swiss Engineering STV 1986
  • Mechanical engineer, Buchs Institute of Technology (NTB) 1982

Claude Stadler

  • Head of Corporate Services since 2018
  • With SFS since 2013
  • Swiss citizen, born 1976

Functions within SFS Group

  • Head of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations 2013 – 2017

Further functions

  • University of Applied Science of St. Gallen, Member of the BoD since 2019
  • Rüden AG, Member of the BoD since 2019
  • icotec AG, Member of the BoD since 2015
  • Avantama AG, Member of the BoD since 2015

Qualifikationen

  • Swiss Board School, IMP-HSG, University of St. Gallen, 2015
  • University of St. Gallen, Master's degree in Information & Technology Management, 2001
  • Stockholm School of Economics, CEMS MIM, 2000

Josef Zünd

  • Head of Segment Distribution & Logistics 2014 – 2019
  • With SFS since 1971
  • Swiss citizen, born 1955

Functions within SFS Group

  • Member of the BoD of several SFS Group companies
  • Chief Executive Officer SFS unimarket 2000 – 2013
  • Various sales and management positions SFS unimarket

Further functions

  • Locher Bewehrungen AG, Member of the BoD since 2013
  • SWISSAVANT trades and household services association, Management Board member since 2013

Qualifications

  • SKU Advanced Management Program, Switzerland 1995
  • Federally certified sales manager, Kaderschule St. Gallen 1986