4. Group Executive Board

4.1 Members of the Group Executive Board

The Group Executive Board consists of the CEO, the CFO / Head of Corporate Center and other members designated by the Board of Directors.

The following changes occurred at Group Executive Board level during the year under review: with effect as of 1 October 2018, André Wyss was appointed as CEO, succeeding Anton Affentranger who stepped down from the post effective 30 September 2018.

The following table shows the Members of the Group Executive Board (GEBO) as at 31 December 2018:

Name

Nationality

Function

Member of the GEBO since

André Wyss

Switzerland

CEO

2018

Beat Fellmann

Switzerland

CFO and Head of Corporate Centre

2008

Christof Gämperle

Switzerland

Member, Head of Business Unit
Implenia Austria & Romania

2013

René Kotacka

Switzerland

Member, Head of Business Unit
Implenia Infrastructure

2015

André Métral

Switzerland

Member, Head of Business Unit
Implenia Construction Switzerland

2013

4.2 Education, activities and interests

The following list provides the main details of the education, training and professional career 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.

 

[Translate to English:] André Wyss

André Wyss
(born 1967, Swiss)

André Wyss has been CEO of Implenia since October 2018. For more than 30 years until spring 2018 he worked in various roles and on all five continents for pharmaceuticals company Novartis. He started his career as a chemistry apprentice and rose up through various positions to the Executive Committee. Among his jobs at Novartis, André Wyss was Chief Financial Officer for Research and Development, Head of Pharmaceutical Production in Europe, and Head of various national and regional organisations, including for the company’s biggest market, the USA. Most recently, as President of Novartis Operations, he was in charge of all manufacturing, as well as of central corporate services such as real estate and infrastructure, IT, procurement, HR, accounting and corporate affairs, with responsibility for almost 40,000 employees worldwide and a budget of around CHF 13 billion. Parallel to this, he was Country President for Novartis in Switzerland. André Wyss has a degree in economics from the School of Economics and Business Administration (HWV) in Switzerland.

[Translate to English:] Beat Fellmann

Beat Fellmann
(born 1964, Swiss)

Beat Fellmann has been a Member of Implenia’s Group Executive Board since October 2008 and since this date has also been CFO and Head of the 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 of Vitra Holding AG, and since 20 April 2018 a member of the Board of Directors of Helvetia Holding AG.

[Translate to English:] Christof Gämperle

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. Christof Gämperle is a member of the boards of the Vereinigung Indus­trieller Bauunternehmen Österreichs and the Österreichische Bautechnik Vereinigung.

[Translate to English:] René Kotacka

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 René 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.

[Translate to English:] André Métral

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.

 

4.3 Rules included in the Articles of Association relating to the number of per­mitted activities allowed under Art. 12 para. 1 clause 1 OaEC

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.
http://www.implenia.com/goto/corporategovernance/2018/en/Articles-of-Association-20180327.pdf

4.4 Management contracts

There are no management contracts with third parties.