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, born in 1970, Swiss

Christoph Brand has a degree in economics from the University of Bern and completed an Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. Brand was previously the CEO of TX Market, which includes subsidiary companies such as Ricardo, Tutti, Jobs, Homegate, etc. Prior to this, he was CEO of software company Adcubum, the CEO of the telecommunications company Sunrise, CEO of Bluewin and held key positions at Swisscom, including, Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Group Executive Board.


Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Business Area Assets, born 1968, Swiss

Andy Heiz, Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH and MBA INSEAD, has been the Head of the business area Assets since November 2014. He has been the Deputy CEO of Axpo Holding AG since 1 October 2019. From 2007 to September 2014 he worked at ABB, first as the Head of Corporate Strategy and from 2011 as the Head of Product Group Renewables. Previously he held various management positions (lastly as an Associate Principal) at McKinsey & Company in the USA, as well as at ABB Alstom Power in Malaysia and ABB Power Generation in Switzerland. Andy Heiz is a board member at the following companies: Axpo Power AG, Leibstadt AG nuclear power plant (Chairman), Gösgen AG nuclear power plant (Vice-Chairman), member of the Decommissioning and the Waste Disposal Funds for Nuclear Installations. 


Head of the Trading & Sales business area, born in 1966, Swiss and Italian

Domenico De Luca, M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering and Chartered Financial Analyst, with a Master's in Business Administration, has been the Head of the business area Trading & Sales and a member of the Executive Board of Axpo Holding AG since October 2014. From 2009 to 2014 he was responsible for the business activities in International Trading & Origination of Axpo Trading AG (until 2012 EGL AG) and a member of its Executive Board. Between 2007 and 2009, he was the CEO of EGL Italia, and previously from 2001 to 2007 the Managing Director of EGL España. Before moving to EGL he worked for Mixpac Systems AG and ABB SAE SADELMI.

Domenico De Luca is a board member at the following companies: Axpo AG (Chairman), Axpo Hydro AG, Axpo Solutions AG and Axpo Italia SpA. In addition, he is on the Board of Managers at Axpo USA LLC.


Chief Executive Officer CKW, born in 1966, Swiss

Martin Schwab has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG since April 2018. He has been a member of the Axpo Holding AG Executive Board since February 2011. From February 2011 to March 2018 he was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Axpo Holding AG. The Business Economist HF and Certified Expert for Accounting and Controlling has an MBA from the University of Rochester, N.Y. He was the CFO of the Selecta Group from 2005 until the end of 2010. Previously he was the Finance Director and Deputy Managing Director at Compass Group (Switzerland) AG, after a stint in London in the function of Management Reporting Manager for the Compass Group. From 1999 to 2002 he was the CFO at Selecta AG and previously the Business Manager at Dr. Siegrist AG.

Martin Schwab is a board member at the following companies: CKW Conex AG (Chairman), Kraftwerk Göschenen AG (Chairman).


Chief Financial Officer, born in 1977, Swiss and Dutch

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 Holding AG 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. 

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 of the Board of Directors, born in 1962, Swiss

Thomas Sieber, lic. oec. HSG, has been the Chairman of the Board since March 2016 as well as a member of the Compensation and Nomination Committee and the Strategy Committee since October 2019. As the Delegate of the Board of Directors he also was the Chief executive Officer a.i. from October 2019 until May 2020. From 2016 until January 2018, he was a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. From 2012 until the end of 2015, Thomas Sieber was Chairman of the Board at Salt Mobile SA, where he was the CEO from 2009 to 2012. Previously he held vari-ous managerial positions at Hewlett Packard Inc. and Fujitsu Siemens Computers AG.

Additional board mandates: Sierra Wireless and HCL Technologies.


Vice-Chairman, born in 1953, Swiss

Roland Eberle, Ing. Agr. ETH, has been a member of the Board of Directors since March 2012, since 2019 the Vice-Chairman, and since October 2019 Lead Director. He was a member of the Audit and Finance Committee from 2012 until March 2015. In March 2015, he moved to the Strategy Committee and since 2016 he is the committee Chairman. He has been representing the Canton of Thurgau in the Council of States (SVP) since 2011. From 2006 to 2011 he was the CEO of sia Abrasives Holding AG. In 1994 he was elected to the State Council of the Canton of Thurgau. Previously he was the Director of the Thurgau Farmers' Association for ten years.

Additional board mandates and functions: Groupe Mutuel, Kibag Holding AG, HRS Holding AG (Chairman), Schönholzer Transport AG, as well as the Chairman of the Kartause Ittingen Foundation. 


Born in 1968, Austrian

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

Additional mandates: Bilfinger SE (member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee), Piqur Therapeutics AG (board member), Lonza Group AG (board member), Elementis plc (board member, member of the Audit and Compensation Committee).


Born in 1956, Swiss 

Hanspeter Fässler, dipl. Masch.-Ing. ETHZ/Dr. sc. tech., has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Strategy Committee since March 2017. He has been the Chairman of the Compensation and Nomination Committee since January 2012. He has been working as an independent board member since 2015. Previously he worked at ABB for some 25 years in various national and international functions, among others as the CEO of ABB Switzerland.

Additional board mandates: ANYbotics AG (Executive Chairman), Dätwyler Cabling Solutions AG (Chairman), Dätwyler Holding AG (Vice-Chairman), Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG.


Born in 1964, German

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 in 1961, Swiss

Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Electrical Engineer HTL, Executive MBA HSG, has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Strategy Committee since March 2017. He has been a member of the Executive Board at Swisscom AG since 2011, and he has been the Chief Digital Officer and Head of Digital Business since 2016.

Additional board mandates: Swisscom Directories AG (Chairman), Swisscom Blockchain AG, SwissSign Group AG.


Born in 1973, Swiss

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

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 1965, Swiss

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. 

Committees

Audit and Finance Committee

Stefan Kessler, Chairman

Dorothée Deuring

Dr. Peter Kreuzberg

Stephan Kuhn, Deputy

Compensation and Nomination Committee

Dr. Hanspeter Fässler, Chairman

Stephan Kuhn

Thomas Sieber, Deputy

Strategy Committee

Roland Eberle, Chairman

Dr. Hanspeter Fässler

Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler

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