Executives & Directors

CEO and Executive Board


Responsibility for the management of the Axpo Group lies with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is supported by a Deputy CEO and the Executive Board. The CEO has overall responsibility to the Board of Directors. The Executive Board, chaired by the CEO, coordinates and monitors the Group's business activities.

All members


Chief Executive Officer Axpo Group, Born 1969, Swiss national

Christoph Brand has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 1 May 2020 and holds a degree in economics from the University of Bern. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. From 2012 to 2020, he was CEO of TX Markets, which includes the companies Ricardo, Tutti, Jobs and Homegate. Previously, he was CEO of the software company Adcubum, CEO of the telecom company Sunrise and CEO of Bluewin and held leading positions at Swisscom, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Board.

Christoph Brand is a member of the following Boards of Directors: Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG (Chairman), Scout24 AG. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the gfm Swiss Society for Marketing.

 

Head Business Area Trading & Sales, Born 1966, Swiss and Italian national

Domenico De Luca, M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering and Chartered Financial Analyst, has an MBA and since 1 October 2014 has been Head of the Trading & Sales business area as well as a member of the Executive Board of Axpo. From 2009 to 2014, he was responsible for operations in the field of International Trading & Origination for Axpo Trading AG (up to 2012 EGL AG; since 2018 Axpo Solu-tions AG) and a member of their executive management. Between 2007 and 2009, he was CEO of EGL Italia and from 2001 to 2007 Managing Director of EGL España. Prior to that he worked for Mixpac Systems AG and ABB SAE SADELMI.

Domenico De Luca is a member of the Board of Directors in the following companies: Axpo AG (Chairman), Axpo Solutions AG and Axpo Italia SpA. He is also on the Board of Managers of Axpo U.S. LLC.


Chief Financial Officer Axpo Group, born in 1977, Swiss and Dutch national

Joris Gröflin, lic. oec. HSG and CEMS Master's degree, has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board of Axpo since 1 April 2019. From 2006 he was in leading positions at Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur – from 2011 to 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Board. From 2001 to 2006 he worked in various functions (lastly as a manager) at A.T. Kearney in Switzerland.

Joris Gröflin is a board member at the following companies: Axpo Power AG (Chairman), Axpo Services AG (Chairman), Axpo Solutions AG (Chairman) and Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG. 


Head Business Area Generation & Distribution / Deputy CEO, Born 1968, Swiss national

Andy Heiz, dipl. El.-Ing. (Electrical Engineer) ETH and MBA INSEAD, has been Head of the Generation & Distribution business area since November 2014 and Deputy CEO and member of the Executive Board of Axpo since 1 October 2019. From 2007 to September 2014, he worked for ABB, first as Head of Corporate Strategy, and, from 2011, as Head of Product Group Renewables. Prior to this, he held various management positions (most recently Association Principal) for McKinsey & Company in the USA as well as for ABB Alstom Power in Malaysia and ABB Power Generation in Switzerland.

Andy Heiz is a member of the Board of Directors in the following companies: Axpo Power AG, Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG (Chairman), Kernkraftwerk Gösgen AG (Vice Chairman) and a member of the Commission for the Decommissioning and Waste Disposal Fund for Nuclear Facilities.


Chief Executive Officer CKW, Born 1966, Swiss national

Martin Schwab has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG since April 2018 and a member of the Executive Board of Axpo since February 2011. He holds a degree in Business Administration HF, is an expert in accounting and financial controlling and has an MBA from the University of Rochester, N.Y. From February 2011 to March 2018, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Axpo. From 2005 to the end of 2010, he was CFO of the Selecta Group. Prior to that, he was the Finance Director and Deputy Managing Director of the Compass Group (Switzerland) AG and Management Reporting Manager of the Compass Group in London. From 1999 to 2002, he was the CFO of Selecta AG and previously commercial director at Dr. Siegrist AG.

Martin Schwab is a member of the Board of Directors in the following companies: CKW Conex AG (Chairman) and Kraftwerk Göschenen AG (Chairman). He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PKE Vorsorgestiftung Energie and a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Switzerland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHZ).


Chief Operating Officer (from August 2021), Danish national

Henriette Wendt will assume the position of Chief Operating Officer no later than August 1, 2021, and will integrally lead as a member of the Executive Board of Axpo the steering functions Strategy & Transformation, Legal, HR and Communications & Public Affairs. Henriette Wendt joins Axpo from Microsoft Switzerland, where she held the role of Chief Marketing & Operations Officer. Previously, she worked mainly in the telecom sector (Telia Company, Swisscom, Motorola and others). For the Swedish Telia Company, she led the business in Lithuania, Estonia and Denmark (sales CHF 1.5 billion) as a member of the Group Executive Board. In her career, Henriette Wendt also successfully led strategy and business development units as well as M&A and sustainability activities. In the area of cultural transformation, she worked closely with HR, compliance and communication teams. Henriette Wendt holds a Master in Business Strategy from the International Business School ESSEC (Paris).

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors of the Axpo Group is appointed by the Shareholders’ General Meeting. Members are proposed by the shareholders and elected for a 2-year term. They can be re-elected. Members do not perform executive functions within the Group.

All members

 

Chairman and Delegate (1 October 2019- 30 April 2020) of the Board of Directors, Born 1962, Swiss national

Thomas Sieber, lic. oec. University of St. Gallen, has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since March 2016 and was also Delegate of the Board of Directors from October 2019 until the end of April 2020, and is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the Strategy Committee. From 2016 to January 2018, he was also a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. From 2012 to the end of 2015, Thomas Sieber was Chairman of Salt Mobile SA, which he spearheaded from 2009 to 2012 as CEO. He previously held senior management positions for Hewlett Packard Inc. and Fujitsu Siemens Computers AG.

Other BoD mandates: Sierra Wireless and HCL Technologies.

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Born 1956, Swiss national

Hanspeter Fässler, dipl. Masch.-Ing.(mechanical engineer) ETHZ/Dr. sc. techn., has been a member of the Board of Directors since March 2017. He is also member of the Strategy Committee and has been Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee since January 2018. In Janaury 2021 he took over the Positon as Vice Chairman of the Board. He has worked as an independent board member since 2015. Prior to that, he was with ABB for about 25 years, during which he assumed various national and international responsibilities, including CEO of ABB Switzerland.

Other BoD mandates: ANYbotics AG (Chairman), Dätwyler Infra IT AG (Chairman), Dätwyler Holding AG (Vice Chairman) and Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG.

 

Born 1968, Austrian national

Dorothée Deuring, M. Sc. Chemistry and MBA INSEAD, has been a member both of the Board of Directors and the Audit and Finance Committee since March 2017. She has worked as an independent consultant for corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions since 2014. She previously spearheaded Corporate Finance Group Europe at UBS AG and was Managing Director in Investment Banking at Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. In the period from 2003 to 2007, she was Vice Director of the Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions department at Hoffmann-La Roche AG.

Other mandates: Piqur Therapeutics AG (Board of Directors member), Lonza Group Ltd (Board of Directors member, Audit Chair), Elementis plc (Board of Directors member and Audit and Compensation Committee member).


Born in 1965, Swiss national

Martin Keller, dipl. Civil Engineer HTL/SIA, has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2019. He has been a member of the Compensation and Nomination Committee since June 2019. He has been the Managing Director Sika Schweiz AG since July 2019. Previously he worked in the construction and cement industry for 8 years. From 2009 to 2019 he was a member of Parliament in the Canton of Aargau and held a seat on the Commission on the Environment, Construction, Transport, Energy and Spatial Planning, from 2009 to 2013 as the Chairman.

Additional board mandates: Eduard Meier AG, Tägerhard Kies AG, MOT Transport AG Sarna-Granol SA and President of the cementaargau.ch Association. 


Born in 1973, Swiss national

Stefan Kessler, lic. iur. HSG, LL.M, Attorney-at-Law, has been a member of the Board of Directors since January 2018. He has been the Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee since January 2019. He has been working as an independent management consultant with a focus on interim management and M&A transaction management (Kreis2 AG) and as a board member since 2017. Previously, he worked for the Grisons energy company Repower for nearly 12 years in various management positions. He significantly shaped Repower in his last position as the CFO and a member of the Executive Board. Previously he worked as a bank legal counsel and as a lawyer in a major corporate law firm in Zurich.

Additional mandates: Member of the Municipal Executive Board and Chairman of the School Committee in the town of Jenins.


Born in 1957, Swiss national

Stephan Kuhn, lic. oec. HSG, has been a member of the Board of Directors since January 2018. He was a member of the Compensation and Nomination Committee until June 2019. He has been a member of the Audit and Finance Committee since January 2019. He has been working as an independent senior advisor for selected multi-national companies since 2015. Stephan Kuhn worked for Ernst & Young from 2002 to 2015. In his last position he was the Head of Tax and Legal Consulting for EY in EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) and responsible for consulting and auditing financial institutions (banks, insurance, asset managers) in Switzerland from 2011 to 2014. Previously Kuhn was a member of the Executive Board and a tax and transaction consultant at Arthur Andersen. In addition, Kuhn is a Lecturer for Tax Law at the University of St. Gallen.

In his additional mandates, Kuhn currently focuses on non-profit foundations, associations and international organisations in the area of education and culture. 


Born in 1964, German national

Peter Kreuzberg, Economist and Dr. rer. pol., has been a member of the Board of Directors, the Audit and Finance Committee and the Corporate Risk Council since March 2017. He has been working as an independent Senior Advisor in the energy and financial sector since 2013. From 2004 to 2012, he was a member of Executive Management at RWE Supply & Trading with commercial responsibility in the areas of asset optimisation and energy trading. Between 2002 and 2004 he was the Head of Commodity Risk Management at the RWE Group. Previously he was in charge of trading with structured products as a Director at Enron Europe Ltd. in London. 

Born 1958, Swiss

Jakob Stark, Dr. phil. I, has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Strategy Committee since January 2021. Since December 2019 he has represented the Canton of Thurgau in Switzerland’s Council of States for the Swiss People’s Party. He was a member of the Thurgau cantonal government from June 2006 to May 2020. Prior to that, he was municipal president for 18 years, ten full-time and eight part-time while working as a business and domestic editor for various Swiss newspapers.

Other mandates: President of Lignum Holzwirtschaft Schweiz (from May 2021).

Born 1961, Swiss national

Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Electrical Engineering HTEI, Executive MBA University of St. Gallen, has been a member of the Board of Directors since March 2017. He has been Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee since January 2020 and Chairman of the Strategy Committee since January 2021. He has been a member of the Swisscom AG Executive Board since 2011, responsible for the SME business and, as Chief Digital Officer, responsible for Swisscom’s digital business since 2016.

Other BoD mandates: Swisscom Directories AG (Chairman), SwissSign Group AG and others.

Committees

Audit and Finance Committee

Stefan Kessler, Chairman

Dorothée Deuring

Dr. Peter Kreuzberg

Stephan Kuhn, Deputy

Compensation and Nomination Committee

Dr. Hanspeter Fässler, Chairman

Martin Keller

Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler

Thomas Sieber, Deputy

Strategy Committee

Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Chairman

Dr. Hanspeter Fässler

Jakob Stark

Thomas Sieber, Deputy

Owners

The shares of Axpo Holding AG are wholly owned by the cantons of Northeastern Switzerland and the cantonal utilities.

  in % 19 December 2014, in CHF million
Canton of Zurich 18.342 67.9
Power stations of the Canton of Zurich 18.410 68.1
Canton of Aargau 13.975 51.7
AEW Energy AG 14.026 51.9
SAK Holding AG 12.501 46.3
EKT Holding AG 12.251 45.3
Canton of Schaffhausen 7.875 29.1
Canton of Glarus 1.747 6.5
Canton of Zug 0.873 3.2
Total 100 370.0

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