Board members

At their annual meeting in November, IMD Foundation Board members approve IMD’s overall strategic direction and the financial results, and elect board members.

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Michel Demaré
Chairman of IMD Foundation and Supervisory Boards at Vodafone Group Plc

Michel Demaré is Chairman of the Foundation and Supervisory Boards of IMD. He is a member of the Supervisory Boards of Vodafone Group PLC, Astra Zeneca PLC, Deputy Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Company Holdings B.V.…

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Hanne de Mora
Vice Chairperson of IMD Foundation and Supervisory Boards, Co-founder and Chairperson at a-connect

Hanne de Mora is the co-founder of a-connect, which she created in 2002. With eight offices and more than 2,200 certified independent professionals, a-connect helps companies execute critical projects by leveraging its…

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Peter Wuffli
Honorary Chairman of IMD Foundation Board and Member of the Advisory Board at the elea Center

Peter Wuffli (born in 1957) is the Founder and Chairman of the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization. elea was established in 2006 with the purpose of fighting absolute poverty (i.e. less than US$3 daily income)…

Gilbert Achermann
Gilbert Achermann
Chairperson at Straumann Holdings AG; EMBA '00

Gilbert Achermann is the Chairperson of Straumann, the global leader in implant dentistry, and a Board member of Julius Bär, the private bank, Ypsomed, a selfcare solutions company, and Vifor, a pharma company. In…

Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko
Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko
President and CEO at Marimekko Corporation

Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko became the President of Marimekko Corporation, the leading Finnish design house renowned for its bold prints and colors, in April 2015. A year later she also became the company’s CEO.

Prior to…

Hana Al Rostamani
Hana Al Rostamani
Group Chief Executive Officer at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

As the only female Group CEO of a major UAE-headquartered bank and publicly listed corporation within the UAE, Hana is recognized for being a change leader and for her forward-thinking vision with a focus on embedding a…

Vinita Bali
Vinita Bali
Non-Executive Director and Member of the Board at Syngene International Ltd.

Vinita Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies in both India and overseas. She has worked with eminent multinationals like the Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC in…

Joan Beets
Joan Beets
Partner at Kennedy Fitch; MBA '12

Joan Beets, a Dutch national, currently based in Zurich, is a Partner at Kennedy Fitch, a boutique HR executive search & consulting firm, specializing in HR consulting and coaching, Switzerland. She focuses on…

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Martijn Brenninkmeijer
Chairman of the Board at COFRA Holding AG; MBA '99

Martijn Brenninkmeijer is Chairman of the Board of COFRA Holding AG, a position he has held since 2018. Martijn has previously held the positions of CEO of COFRA Holding AG, CEO of C&A Europe and CEO of Anthos.…

Thomas Buberl
Thomas Buberl
CEO at AXA GROUP

Thomas Buberl holds a Master of Economics degree from WHU Koblenz (Germany), an MBA from Lancaster University (UK) and a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). In 2008 he was nominated as a…

Richard Carey
Richard Carey
Managing Member at Redwood Technology Ventures; MBA '96

Richard Carey is a Managing Member of Redwood Technology Ventures, an investment and advisory firm focused on opportunities in supply chain automation, which he co-founded in 2019.

Prior to Redwood, Richard was a partner…

Ronan Cassidy
Ronan Cassidy
Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer at Royal Dutch Shell plc

Ronan Cassidy became Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer on 1 January 2016. He is also a member of the Executive Committee. He also holds regional responsibility for Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Nigeria) human…

Boris Collardi
Boris Collardi
Founder of The Private Investment Office (TPIO) at

Boris Collardi started his career as an intern at Credit Suisse in Geneva in 1993. For 12 years he held various positions, including CFO of the Private Banking division and COO Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In…

Jo Deblaere
Jo Deblaere
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Executive - Europe at Accenture

Jo Deblaere is Accenture’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the company’s business operations globally, executing business strategy and ensuring operational excellence company-wide. Jo is also…

Alain Dehaze
Alain Dehaze
Chief Executive Officer at Adecco Group AG

Alain Dehaze is CEO of the Adecco Group, the world’s leading workforce solutions partner. Through its international brands Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Adia…

Henrik Ehrnrooth
Henrik Ehrnrooth
President and CEO at KONE Corporation

Henrik Ehrnrooth has been Chief Executive Officer and President of KONE Corporation since 2014. From 2009 he served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to KONE, Henrik held…

Annika Falkengren
Annika Falkengren
Managing Partner at LOMBARD ODIER GROUP

Annika Falkengren has been a Managing Partner of the Lombard Odier Group since August 2017.

Annika holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and economics from the University of Stockholm.

She was formerly…

Harsh Goenka
Harsh Goenka
Chairman at RPG Enterprises; MBA '79

Harsh Goenka has served as Chairman of RPG Enterprises, which was founded by his father in 1979, since 1988.

Harsh graduated in economics from St. Xavier’s College (India) and holds an MBA from IMD. He began his…

Ralph Hamers
Ralph Hamers
Group Chief Executive Officer at UBS Group AG

Ralph Hamers has been Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group AG and President of the Executive Board of UBS AG since 1 November 2020. He became a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS Group AG in September 2020.

Michael Hengartner
Michael Hengartner
President at ETH Board; EMBA '08

Michael Hengartner, a Swiss-Canadian citizen, was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1966 and grew up in Québec City, Canada. He studied biochemistry at the Université Laval in Québec City. After…

Frédéric Herman
Frédéric Herman
Rector at University of Lausanne

After training as a civil engineer at the University of Liège in Belgium and the University of Bristol in the UK, Frédéric Herman moved to Canberra to do a PhD at the Australian National University.…

António Horta-Osório
António Horta-Osório
Chairman at Credit Suisse Group AG

António Horta-Osório is the Chairman of Credit Suisse Group AG since 2021. Additionally, he chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee as well as the Credit Suisse Foundation.

António has been a…

Karen Huebscher
Karen Huebscher
Non Executive Director (various companies and organisations), former CEO at Solvias; EMBA '00 at Solvias; EMBA '00

Karen Huebscher is Chairwoman of the Audit Committee, Tecan Group Ltd, Non-Executive Director of BBI Solutions (a Novo Holdings company, responsible for managing the operating and financial assets of the Novo Nordisk…

Ilham Kadri
Ilham Kadri
Chief Executive Officer at Solvay

Dr Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company, which through its science, innovations, and purpose contributes to protecting the climate,…

Jouko Karvinen
Jouko Karvinen
Chairperson of the Board at Finnair OYJ

Jouko Karvinen is Chairperson of the Supervisory Board for Finnair PLC, and a member of the international advisory board of Komatsu Corporation. He is also a member of the Audit Committee (AFRC).

Prior to becoming…

Liselott Kilaas
Liselott Kilaas
Chairperson at Coala Life; MBA '87

Norwegian Liselott Kilaas has over 20 years of international top management experience, resulting in a proven track record in strategic and operational performance development across a broad spectrum of businesses.…

Jørgen Vig Knudstorp
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp
Executive Chairman at LEGO Brand Group

Jørgen Vig Knudstorp was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the LEGO Group from 2004 to 2017. In 2017 he was appointed Executive Chairman of LEGO Brand Group.

Jørgen has a Ph.D. in business…

Jill Lee
Jill Lee
Chief Financial Officer at Sulzer

Jill Lee is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Sulzer, a Swiss‐listed global fluid engineering company. Prior to her taking the Group CFO role in April 2018, Jill served as a member of the Non‐Executive Board of…

Michel Liès
Michel Liès
Chairman at Zurich Insurance

Michel Liès has 40 years’ experience in global insurance and reinsurance, life insurance, and property and casualty insurance. He has held a number of positions in the industry, including Group CEO of Swiss…

Thierry Lombard
Thierry Lombard
Member of the Supervisory Board at the Group ODDOBHF Paris and Member of the Board of Bank OddoBHF Switzerland

After a degree in economics from the University of Geneva, Thierry Lombard, representing the sixth generation, joined Lombard Odier in 1972 where he had a career of 42 years. He became managing partner in 1982, held the…

Christoph Loos
Christoph Loos
CEO at Hilti Corporation

Christoph Loos assumed CEO responsibilities in January 2014. He has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. During the first four years of this tenure he was responsible for Finance, Human Resources, IT and…

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board at Louis Dreyfus Holding B.V.

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has been Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Louis Dreyfus Holding B.V. since March 2011 and has served on this board since September 2007. She has also been a Member of the Supervisory Board…

Jean-François Manzoni
Jean-François Manzoni
President at IMD

Jean-François Manzoni is the President of IMD, where he also serves as the Nestlé Professor and as a member of the Audit Committee (AFRC).

His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on…

Geraldine Matchett
Geraldine Matchett
Co-Chief Executive Officer at Royal DSM N.V.

Geraldine Matchett (1972, British; French; Swiss) is Co‐Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer and member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM. She was appointed as Co‐CEO on 15 February 2020. Geraldine…

Stefan Michel
Stefan Michel
Professor of Marketing and Service Management and Dean the Executive MBA program at IMD Faculty Representative on the Foundation Board at IMD

Stefan Michel’s major research interests are in customer-focused marketing strategy, service innovation, and pricing.

At IMD, he is the Dean of our Executive MBA program and the faculty representative on the IMD…

Christian Mumenthaler
Christian Mumenthaler
Group CEO at Swiss Re

Christian Mumenthaler has been Group Chief Executive Officer at Swiss Re since 1 July 2016. Prior to taking on the Group CEO role, he successfully led the Reinsurance Business Unit, maintaining underwriting…

Bernhard Nuesser
Bernhard Nuesser
President AMERA, Online and Digital at Essilor; MBA '98

Bernhard Nuesser, a German national, is a global executive at Essilor Luxottica. Based in Singapore, he serves both as President of AMERA (Asia, Middle East, and Africa) and as President Digital. Bernhard joined Essilor…

Damien O’Brien
Damien O’Brien
Non-Executive Director at Ardagh Group and St Vincent’s Health Australia

O’Brien has enjoyed a global career with roles in China, Sydney, Paris, London, and Zurich. He retired from global management consulting and executive search firm Egon Zehnder in 2018 after 30 years, including six…

Adolfo Orive
Adolfo Orive
President and Chief Executive Officer at Tetra Pak

Adolfo Orive is president and CEO of the Tetra Pak Group, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Tetra Pak is a privately owned company based in more than 85 countries with global…

Sami Rahal
Sami Rahal
CEO at Deloitte France & French-speaking Africa

Sami Rahal was a Key Account Audit Associate and co-founded and developed the M&A Transaction Services line of another Big 4 firm before joining Deloitte in 2006, where he advised industrial and service groups and…

Philipp Rickenbacher
Philipp Rickenbacher
Chief Executive Officer at Julius Bär

Philipp Rickenbacher is CEO of Julius Bär, a group that he joined in 2004 from McKinsey & Company. Julius Bär is a leading Swiss wealth management group with a presence in over 60 locations worldwide.…

Urs Schaeppi
Urs Schaeppi
Chief Executive Officer at Swisscom AG

Urs Schaeppiis CEO of Swisscom since 2013, one of the top telecommunications companies in Switzerland. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fastweb, the number two telecommunications firm in Italy.…

Thomas Schmidheiny
Thomas Schmidheiny
Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors at LafargeHolcim Ltd; MBA '72

A Swiss national born in 1945, Thomas Schmidheiny was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim Ltd in 1978 and served until 2018. In recognition of his many years of service to LafargeHolcim, the…

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider
Chief Executive Officer at Nestlé SA

Mark Schneider has served as CEO of Nestlé since January 2017. He joined the company in September 2016.

Before joining Nestlé, Mark was CEO of the Fresenius Group, a position he held from 2003 to 2016. He…

Severin Schwan
Severin Schwan
Chief Executive Officer at Roche Group

Dr Severin Schwan has served as CEO of the Roche Group since March 2008.

After obtaining a degree in economics from the University of Innsbruck (Austria), University of York (UK) and University of Oxford (UK), a degree in…

Ulrike Schwarz-Runer
Ulrike Schwarz-Runer
Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG

Dr Ulrike Schwarz-Runer is a Managing Director and Senior Partner of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and holds the role of Global General Counsel. She is based in London. As a member of the BCG Executive Committee as…

Feike Sijbesma
Feike Sijbesma
Supervisory Board Member of Philips and Co-Chair of the Board of the Global Center on Adaptation at Philips and Global Center on Adaptation

Feike Sijbesma served as CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Directors at DSM from 2007 till 2020.

Feike studied medical biology at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and business administration at Erasmus…

Woods Staton
Woods Staton
Executive Chairperson of the Board at Arcos Dorados SA; MBA '76

Woods Staton is the Executive Chairperson of Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), the world’s largest independent McDonald’s franchisee. Arcos Dorados operates or franchises more than 2,200 restaurants, with over 100,…

Marie-France Tschudin
Marie-France Tschudin
President at Novartis Pharmaceuticals; MBA '00

Marie-France Tschudin is President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the company’s largest business unit by sales. Novartis Pharmaceuticals launches and commercializes innovative treatments to address patients’…

Robert Uggla
Robert Uggla
Chief Executive Officer at A.P. Møller Holding

Robert Uggla has long had a keen interest in shipping and seamanship. During his military service he eventually became a Sergeant of the Swedish Amphibious Battalion, working as an instructor in maneuvering and…

Martin Vetterli
Martin Vetterli
President at EPFL

Martin Vetterli received his electrical engineering degree from ETHZ in 1981, M.Sc. from Stanford University in 1982, and Doctorate from EPFL in 1986.

Martin was an Assistant/Associate Professor in electrical engineering…

Penelope Warne
Penelope Warne
Chair at CMS, UK

Penelope Warne is the Senior Partner and the UK Chair of global law firm CMS and head of the firm’s global energy practice.

Penelope graduated in law from Bristol University (UK). Qualified as a solicitor for…

Poul Weihrauch
Poul Weihrauch
Global President PetCare at Mars Inc.

Poul Weihrauch is Global President PetCare of Mars Inc.

Poul began his career with Stimorol, the chewing gum company, in Denmark before joining Nestlé where he held positions in Denmark, Belgium, and Switzerland.…

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