4 Group Executive Board
The Group Executive Board had six members on December 31, 2018: the CEO, the CFO and the four Business Group Heads. For additional information about the Group Executive Board members, please see below.
Permissible activities outside the Autoneum Group
According to §20 of the Articles of Association*, no member of the Group Executive Board may assume more than four additional mandates. No more than two of these may be held with listed companies; they have to be approved by the Board of Directors prior to acceptance. This restriction does not apply to (a) mandates held with companies that control or are controlled by Autoneum Holding Ltd; (b) mandates assumed by a member of the Group Executive Board by order of Autoneum Holding Ltd or companies under its control; (c) mandates held with companies that do not qualify as companies within the meaning of Art. 727, para. 1, clause 2 of the Swiss Code of Obligations; (d) mandates held with nonprofit organizations and foundations as well as pension funds. The number of mandates pursuant to (c) and (d) is limited to a total of 20. Mandates held with various legal entities that are under joint control or controlled by the same beneficial owner count as one mandate. Mandates held with the supreme management or administrative body of a legal entity that is required to be registered in the commercial register or an equivalent register abroad count as mandates.
There are no management contracts between Autoneum Holding Ltd and third parties.
Group Executive Board
From left to right: Dr Martin Zwyssig, John T. Lenga, Martin Hirzel, Andreas Kolf, Fausto Bigi, Matthias Holzammer
Martin Hirzel (1970)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2011
Educational and professional background Degree in business administration (HWV); General Management Program at Harvard Business School; from 1989 to 1994 Business Unit Controller of IBM (Switzerland) Ltd; from 1997 to 1999 Chief Controller International of Division Textile Systems for Rieter Holding Ltd; from 2000 to 2007 General Manager China of Rieter Holding Ltd; from 2007 to 2011 Head Business Group SAMEA, member of the Executive Committee of the Division Automotive Systems of Rieter Holding Ltd; in the current function since 2011 . Other activities and interests Member of the Board of Directors of Bucher Industries Ltd; Member of the Executive Committee of Swissmem
Fausto Bigi (1959)
Head Business Group SAMEA*
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2016
Educational and professional background Master in Business Administration, INSEAD, France and Graduation in Mechanical Engineering, Brazil; from 1986 to 1993 Senior Manager at Itautec Informatica, Brazil; from 1993 to 2006 various management functions at Valeo Automotive Systems, last assignment as Branch Marketing Director Division Lighting, France; from 2006 to 2008 Purchasing Director South America, Faurecia, Brazil; from 2008 to 2011 Head South America, Rieter Holding Ltd, Brazil; from 2011 to 2012 Deputy Head Business Group SAMEA, Autoneum Holding Ltd, Brazil; from 2012 to 2016 CEO Correias Mercúrio S.A., Brazil; in the current function since 2016
- *As from January 8, 2019 in addition Head Business Group North America a.i.
Andreas Kolf (1962)
Head Business Group Asia
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2016
Educational and professional background Lawyer; from 1995 to 2001 various management functions at Tiger Wheels Holding, South Africa; from 2002 to 2004 CEO Federal-Mogul Gorzyce S.A., Poland; from 2004 to 2005 Managing Director, Borbet Thüringen GmbH, Germany; from 2005 to 2006 Global Sales Director, Federal-Mogul GmbH, Germany; from 2006 to 2011 Executive Director Operations, Federal-Mogul India; from 2011 to 2013 Director Operations Federal-Mogul Asia Pacific, China; from 2013 to 2016 Vice President and Managing Director Federal-Mogul India; in the current function since 2016
Dr Martin Zwyssig (1965)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2014
Educational and professional background Master in Accounting and Finance, Dr oec. HSG, University of St. Gallen; from 1995 to 1997 Controller Swiss Bank Corporation; from 1997 to 2001 Division Controller Sarna Kunststoff Holding Ltd; from 2001 to 2002 Senior Vice President Finance & Controlling EMS-EFTEC; from 2003 to 2008 Group CFO Schaffner Holding Ltd; from 2008 to 2013 Group CFO Ascom Holding Ltd; in the current function since 2014 . Other activities and interests Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belimo Holding Ltd
Matthias Holzammer (1965)
Head Business Group Europe*
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2012
Educational and professional background Degree in business engineering; from 1993 to 2009 leading functions in operations, plant management and general management at Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, Faurecia Sitztechnik GmbH & Co. KG and at Beru Ltd, Germany; from 2009 to 2011 Managing Director Production for Keiper GmbH & Co. KG (later Johnson Controls), last assignment as General Manager of the Product Business Unit “Metal Region Europe”, Germany; in the current function since 2012
- *Until January 31, 2019; as from February 1, 2019 Dr Alexandra Bendler.
John T. Lenga (1970)
Head Business Group North America*
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2015
Educational and professional background Master in Arts, Bowling Green State University, USA; from 1994 to 1997 Financial Analyst at Ford Motor Company, USA; from 1997 to 1999 Principal Business Analyst to the CEO for Little Caesar’s Enterprises, USA; from 1999 to 2003 Financial Planning and Operational Analysis Leader US/Canada Tower Automotive, USA; from 2003 to 2005 Director of Financial Planning and Operational Analysis; from 2005 to 2007 Business Group Controller of Business Group North America, Rieter Holding Ltd, USA; from 2007 to 2015 Chief Financial Officer Business Group North America, Rieter Holding Ltd / Autoneum Holding Ltd, USA; in the current function since 2015
- *Until January 7, 2019; as from January 8, 2019 Fausto Bigi a.i.