The Group Executive Board consists of the CEO, the CFO / Head of Corporate Center Group and other members designated by the Board of Directors.
The following table shows the Members of the Group Executive Board (GEBO) on 31 December 2017:
The following list provides the significant details of the career and training of each Member of the Group Executive Board. It also details each Member’s mandates outside the Group, as well as any other significant activities, such as permanent roles within major interest groups.
Anton Affentranger (born 1956, Swiss)
Anton Affentranger has been CEO of Implenia since 1 October 2011. From March 2006 to September 2011 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors. Between 6 April 2009 and 31 August 2010 he was the Executive Member of the Board (as Chairman and CEO). He is also the founder and chairman of Affentranger Associates AG and chairman of various start-ups. He worked for UBS in New York, Hong Kong and Geneva, and was a member of the bank’s Executive Board at its head office in Zurich. He was also partner and CEO of the private bank Lombard Odier & Cie and CFO of Roche Holding AG. In 1999 he joined the Board of Directors of Zschokke Holding AG, becoming Chairman in 2003. Anton Affentranger graduated from the University of Geneva with an economics degree. On 1 October 2011 he was appointed by the Board as CEO of Implenia. On the same date he stepped down from Implenia’s Board of Directors and from the operational management of his private companies. From February 2016 to February 2017, he was interim Head of Business Unit Buildings.
Beat Fellmann (born 1964, Swiss)
Beat Fellmann has been a Member of Implenia’s Group Executive Board since 1 October 2008 and since this date has also been CFO and Head of Corporate Center. He graduated with a degree in economics (lic. oec. HSG) from the University of St. Gallen, and is also a qualified auditor. He began his career as an internal auditor with international industrial group Bühler, where he was Assistant to the CEO and Chairman before becoming a specialist in financing projects. In 1998 he joined Holcim Group (now LafargeHolcim Group), where he was Head of Financial Holdings. Reporting directly to the CFO, he was responsible for all financial and holding companies worldwide. In January 2005 Beat Fellmann became deputy group CFO at Holcim and was also made responsible for group tax, as well as for the management company’s IT, finance and controlling. Beat Fellman has been a Member of the Swiss Takeover Board (TOB) since 1 January 2014. Since 1 January 2016, he has also been a Member of the Board of Directors and Head of the Risk & Audit Committee of Vitra Holding AG.
Christof Gämperle (born 1962, Swiss)
Christof Gämperle has been a Member of the Group Executive Board since February 2013. He has been Head of Business Unit Implenia Austria & Romania since 1 April 2017. He was previously in charge of Business Unit Construction German-speaking Switzerland from February 2013. Before that he was General Counsel of Implenia Group from 1 August 2010. Christof Gämperle qualified in law from the University of St. Gallen as lic. iur. HSG, and then began his career in the Legal Service of Canton St. Gallen’s Civil Engineering Office. From 1993 to 1997 Gämperle was Deputy General Secretary in the Canton St. Gallen Building Department. For the next six years he was in charge of the legal service there before being appointed General Secretary in 2003. Christof Gämperle performed this role until he joined Implenia in 2010.
René Kotacka (born 1962, Swiss)
René Kotacka has been a Member of the Group Executive Board since January 2015. He has been in charge of Business Unit Infrastructure since July 2015. He graduated as a construction engineer from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1988. In the same year he began his career at Implenia’s predecessor firm Zschokke (AG Heinr. Hatt-Haller), immediately becoming a construction manager and then a site manager for various tunnelling projects. Around the start of the new millennium René Kotacka became project manager and head of technical management for the “Aeschertunnel”, part of Zurich’s western bypass. He was then responsible for various subsurface new-build and refurbishment projects as project manager and member of the construction committee. In 2006 Kotacka was appointed Head of International Production and Refurbishment. In 2011 he then took on responsibility for acquisitions at the Tunnelling unit and became a member of the Implenia Tunnelling & Civil Engineering Management Committee. From December 2014 to June 2015 René Kotacka was Head of Tunnelling & Civil Engineering before he was appointed Head of Business Unit Infrastructure in July 2015.
André Métral (born 1964, Swiss)
André Métral has been a Member of the Group Executive Board since February 2013. He has led Business Unit Construction Switzerland since February 2017. Between February 2013 and February 2017, he was Head of Business Unit Construction French-speaking Switzerland. Having graduated in construction engineering from the ETH Zurich he started his career in 1989 with the Zschokke Group in Geneva. André Métral initially worked as a structural engineer, then as an expert in geotechnics and foundation engineering, taking part in studies for and execution of complex infrastructure projects. He soon became Head of Geotechnics and Foundation Engineering in Western Switzerland. In 2011 André Métral became Head of the Infra West Division, which covered all areas of activity associated with construction, buildings, civil engineering and production in Western Switzerland.
According to Art. 22e of the Articles of Association, the number of mandates that members of the Group Executive Board can take in the most senior management and supervisory bodies of legal entities outside the Implenia Group that are registered in the Swiss Commercial Register or similar foreign register is limited to nine mandates, if each is approved by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, of which one may be at a listed company. If mandates are exercised in different legal entities within one group, or on behalf of one group or legal entity, these are counted altogether as one mandate. A member can exceed the maximum limits for a short time.
The Articles of Association, containing the precise wording of the provision mentioned above, can be found on Implenia’s website.
There are no management contracts with third parties.