Board of Directors
Dr. Ulf Berg, Chairman of Kuoni Group
Dr. Ulf Berg is a partner of the investment company BLR & Partners AG in Thalwil / Zurich, which focuses on developing smaller industrial companies. Since August 2007 he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG. He worked for ABB (formerly BBC) in various executive power generation positions in Switzerland and abroad for more than 20 years until 1998. In 1999, he joined Carlo Gavazzi Holding AG, first as COO and then CEO. From 2003 to 2004, he was CEO of SIG Beverages Int. AG before moving to Sulzer AG as CEO in 2004. After three years as CEO, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sulzer AG, a position he held until 2009. From 2004 – 2015 he was a Member of the Board of Swissmem, the Swiss Industry Association and since 2006 he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of BOBST GROUP SA. He is Chairman and a Member of the Board of Directors of various portfolio companies of BLR & Partners AG as well as a Member of the Board of Directors of Synagro Ltd, Baltimore, Greater Zurich Area AG and Am-Tec Kredit AG. Dr. Ulf Berg is an industrial advisor to EQT, the private equity house with industrial roots in the Wallenberg Group.
Dr. Ulf Berg is a Swiss national and was born in 1950. He is a graduate engineer and has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in listed companies: Chairman of the Board of Directors of EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG, Member of the Board of Directors of BOBST GROUP SA
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of Synagro Ltd, Baltimore, Member of the Board of Directors of BLR & Partners AG, Member of the Board of Directors of Greater Zurich Area AG, Member of the Board of Directors of Am-Tec Kredit AG, Member of the Board of Directors of Econis AG
Michael Bauer is a partner at EQT Partners in Zurich and is responsible for EQT’s buyout activities in Switzerland. Michael Bauer joined EQT in 2009 and since then has worked in EQT’s Zurich, Stockholm and Munich offices. He was involved in a number of EQT’s investments over the past few years and is the responsible partner for the investments in BSN medical Group and Lima Corporate Group. In this context, he is a member of the advisory board of both companies. Before joining EQT, Michael Bauer worked as an Investment Professional at Capvis, a Swiss private equity fund, from 2003 to 2009. Before that, he worked at Credit Suisse in the investment bank division from 2002 to 2003.
Michael Bauer is a Swiss national and was born in 1976. He holds a degree in business administration (lic. oec.) from the University of St. Gallen and an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Member of the Advisory Board of BSN medical Group, Member of the Advisory Board of Lima Corporate Group
Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiser
Professor Dr. Thomas Geiser, a Swiss national born in 1952, has been a member of the Foundation Council of the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation since 2002.
Thomas Geiser studied law at the University of Basel and later earned a doctorate in law there. Since 1995, he has been a Professor of Private and Commercial Law at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and presides as Managing Director over the Research Institute for Economic and Labour Law. That same year, he took up the position of part-time judge in the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Thomas Geiser was initially assigned to the First Civil Division before changing over to the Second Civil Division in 2009 of which he has been a member to date. Thomas Geiser was Vice-Rector of the University of St. Gallen between 1999 and 2003 and Chairman of its Law Department from 2007 to 2009. Since 2009, he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of ALDI SUISSE AG.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of ALDI SUISSE AG, President of the Board of Foundation of FOCAL (Fondation de formation continue pour le cinéma et l’audiovisuel), Member of the Board of Foundation of Fondation INSTITUT SUISSE DE THERAPIES CELLULAIRES (ISTC), Member of the Managing Committee of Schweizerische Gesellschaft Solothurner Filmtage