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IMD Foundation Board
The IMD Foundation Board is IMD’s ultimate governing body. Comprised of CEOs from companies which we have strong learning partnerships, the board ensures we are aligned to the evolving needs of the global corporate community. The role of the Foundation Board is to take all useful measures to administer and represent IMD and generally all steps permitting IMD to achieve its objectives.
At their annual meeting in November, IMD Foundation Board members approve IMD’s overall strategic direction and financial results, and elect board members.
Gilbert Achermann is Chair at Straumann, the global leader in implant dentistry, and a board member at Julius Bär, the private bank, Ypsomed, a selfcare solutions company, and Vifor, a pharma company. In addition, he is a jury member at Venture Kick and member of the Board at the Swiss MedTech association.
Christoph Aeschlimann has been Head of Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd and Chief Executive Officer at Swisscom Ltd since June 2022. He has a degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and an MBA from McGill University, Canada.
Hana Al Rostamani is Group CEO 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, Al Rostamani is recognized for being a change leader and for her forward-thinking vision with a focus on embedding a culture of innovation and diversity and inclusion in her leadership.
Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko is President and CEO at Marimekko Corporation, the leading Finnish design house renowned for its bold prints and colors. She became President of the company in 2015 and became CEO a year later. Her career at this fast-internationalizing creative company began in international PR.
Al Jadhai holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Saud University, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in the United States.
Vinita Bali is Non-Executive Director and Member of the Board at Syngene International Ltd. She is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies in both India and overseas, and has worked with eminent multinationals such as the Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes PLC.
Joan Beets is a managing partner at KennedyFitch, a boutique executive search and management consulting firm.
Martijn Brenninkmeijer is Chair of the Board at COFRA Holding AG, a position he has held since 2018. Martijn has previously held the positions of CEO at COFRA Holding AG, CEO at C&A Europe, and CEO at Anthos.
Thomas Buberl is CEO at AXA Group. He 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 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Richard Carey is a Managing Member at Redwood Technology Ventures, an investment and advisory firm focused on opportunities in supply chain automation, which he co-founded in 2019. Prior to Redwood, he was a partner at Permira, starting the firm’s business in the US in 2002.
Ronan Cassidy is Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer at Royal Dutch Shell plc, and a member of their Executive Committee. He also holds regional responsibility for Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Nigeria) human resources, aircraft, external relations, health, real estate, and security.
Boris Collardi is a board member at EFG International AG. He 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. He has also held a number of external mandates.
Jo Deblaere is a former Chief Operating Officer at Accenture. He was responsible for leading the company’s business operations globally, executing business strategy, and ensuring company-wide operational excellence and had overall leadership responsibility for Accenture’s business in Europe.
Alain Dehaze is former CEO at Adecco Group, the world’s leading workforce solutions partner, best known for its international brands Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Adia, and YOSS.
Jahangir Doongaji has been a member of the Executive Board since 2014, being responsible for the Electric Tools & Accessories Business Area and Corporate Research (until end of 2021) and is the designated CEO successor as of January 2023.
Henrik Ehrnrooth is President and CEO at KONE Corporation, a position he has held since 2014. From 2009 he served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to KONE, he served as Managing Director of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.
Annika Falkengren is Managing Partner at Lombard Odier Group. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). She was formerly President and CEO at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Chair of the Swedish Bankers’ Association.
Barbara Frei joined Schneider Electric in 2016 as Country President of Germany and expanded her scope to Zone President of DACH in 2017 (including Germany, Austria and Switzerland). In 2019, she was appointed Executive Vice President, Europe Operations and a member of the Executive Committee.
Harsh Goenka is Chair at RPG Enterprises, which was founded by his father in 1979. He graduated in economics from St. Xavier’s College (India) and began his career as Managing Director at CEAT Ltd before taking up his current position in 1988.
Ralph Hamers is Group CEO at UBS AG and President of the Executive Board. Before joining UBS in 2020, he enjoyed a 29-year career at ING, his last seven years as CEO and Chair of the Executive Board.
Michael Hengartner is President at ETH Board. He is the recipient of several awards for his groundbreaking research on the molecular basis of apoptosis, among them the Swiss National Latsis Prize.
Frédéric Herman is Rector at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). He first moved to the University in 2012 to set up a research group at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, first as a professor funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and then as an associate professor. He held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment from 2018 to 2021.
Karen Huebscher is Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Tecan Group. She is also a non-executive director at BBI Solutions (a Novo Holdings company), where she is responsible for managing the operating and financial assets of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and Founder and Managing Director at FibulaMedical AG.
Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee at Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company which, through its science, innovations, and purpose, contributes to protecting the climate, preserving resources, and fostering a better life.
Jouko Karvinen is Chair of the Supervisory Board at Finnair PLC, the national airline of Finland, as well as Chair of the board at Solidium, an investment company owned by the state of Finland. He has previously held board positions at Valmet, Nokia, SKF, and Royal Philips Electronics.
Liselott Kilaas is Chair at Coala Life. She 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. During the last 10 years she worked in the healthcare sector and was CEO at Aleris from 2013–2017.
Jill Lee is a non-executive director on the Board at Schneider Electric SE. She chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. In addition, Lee also serves as a non-executive director of the board at PSA International, a leading port group headquartered in Singapore.
Axel P Lehmann has been Chair at Credit Suisse Group AG since January 2022. He also chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee and the Credit Suisse Foundation.
Michel Liès is Chair at Zurich Insurance. He 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 at Swiss Re.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is Chair of the Supervisory Board at Louis Dreyfus Holdings B.V., a position she has held since 2011. She is also founder and President of the Paris-based Louis Dreyfus Foundation, founder of the MOVEO Foundation, and a member of the Weidenfeld Scholarships Advisory Board at Oxford University.
Jean-François Manzoni is President and Nestlé Chaired Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development at IMD. His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on leadership, the development of high-performance organizations, and corporate governance.
Geraldine Matchett is Co-CEO at Royal DSM N.V., where she is also Chief Financial Officer and member of the Managing Board. She joined DSM’s Managing Board and became Chief Financial Officer in 2014. She was appointed as Co-CEO in 2020.
Martin M Naville is CEO at the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, a leading business association with 1800 business members (Swiss and American companies) facilitating business between Switzerland and the USA.
Bernhard Nuesser is President at AMERA (Asia, Middle East, Russia, Africa) and President of Online and Digital at Essilor. In 2016, he was mandated with the acceleration of the group’s digital agenda, comprising both global e-commerce activities and the development and implementation of the group’s digital transformation roadmap.
Damien O’Brien is a non-executive director at Ardagh Group and St Vincent’s Health Australia. He has enjoyed a global career with roles in China, Sydney, Paris, London, and Zurich. His current boards include Ardagh Metal Packaging SA in the US, Ardagh Group SA, and the Advisory Board of Conduit Funds Management in Sydney.
Adolfo Orive is President and CEO at Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Tetra Pak is a privately owned company with more than 25,000 employees in 160 countries and net sales of €11.14bn (2021).
Sami Rahal is CEO at Deloitte DCE. He served as Managing Partner of the Financial Advisory business (2010–2017), EMEA M&A TS Leader, and HR Director and Chief Strategy Officer before taking up his duties as President of Deloitte France and French-speaking Africa in 2017.
Thomas Schmidheiny is Honorary Chair of the Board of Directors at Holcim. He was elected as a member of the board in 1978 and served until 2018. That year, in recognition of his many years of service to LafargeHolcim, the Board of Directors named him Honorary Chair of the Group.
Mark Schneider is CEO at Nestlé. Before joining the company in 2016, he was CEO at the Fresenius Group, a position he held from 2003 to 2016. He joined Fresenius in 2001 as CFO at Fresenius Medical Care. Between 1989 and 2001, he held several senior executive positions with the Haniel Group, a privately held, diversified German multinational company.
Severin Schwan has served as CEO at the Roche Group since March 2008. He has held various management positions including Head of Finance and Administration at Roche Brussels (1995–1998) and Head of Finance and Informatics at Roche Grenzach.
Dr Ulrike Schwarz-Runer is Managing Director and Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she holds the role of Global General Counsel. As a member of the BCG Executive Committee, as well as all other core committees and company boards, she is involved in the firm’s critical business priorities including assessing new arenas and markets.
Feike Sijbesma is Supervisory Board Member at Philips and Co-Chair at the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). He served as CEO and Chair of the Managing Board of Directors at DSM from 2007 till 2020, when he transitioned to the role of Honorary Chair at Royal DSM.
Woods Staton is Executive Chair at Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), the world’s largest independent McDonald’s franchisee. Arcos Dorados operates or franchises more than 2,200 restaurants, with over 100,000 employees and greater than US$3bn in revenue across 20 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Su-Mei Thompson is CEO at Media Trust, a non-profit organization based in London which works with media industry partners to give charities, under-represented communities, and young people a stronger voice.
Marie-France Tschudin is President of Innovative Medicines International and Chief Commercial Officer at Novartis, which launches and commercializes innovative treatments to address patients’ needs across a range of therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular diseases, ophthalmology, immunology, and dermatology.
Robert Uggla is CEO at A.P. Møller Holding and Chair of the Board of Directors at Maersk Tankers and Maersk Product Tankers. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Maersk Drilling and a member of the Board of Directors at A.P. Møller-Maersk and ZeroNorth.
Martin Vetterli is President at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He works in the areas of electrical engineering, computer sciences, and applied mathematics. This has led to about 170 journal papers and around 30 patents that have in turn led to technology transfer to hi-tech companies and the creation of several startups.
Penelope Warne is Senior Partner, Head of Energy, and UK Chair at global law firm CMS. She joined CMS in 1993 and established the Aberdeen office. Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and Scotland, she built a global oil and gas practice and established offices in Edinburgh, Rio, Dubai, and Mexico.
John Weeks is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. He works at the intersection of leadership, organizational culture, and change. He helps leaders understand how they can manage themselves to lead others more effectively and to have a positive and intentional impact on the culture of their organizations.
Poul Weihrauch is CEO and Office of the President at Mars. Previously Global President PetCare (2015-2022), he began his career at Stimorol, the chewing gum company, in Denmark, before joining Nestlé where he held positions in Denmark, Belgium, and Switzerland.
Dates of future meetings
Meetings in 2023
- 16-17 March 2023
- 22-23 June 2023
- 5-6 October 2023
Supervisory & Foundation Boards
- 22-23 June 2023
- 16 November 2023
Meetings in 2024
- 14-15 March 2024
- 6-7 June 2024
- 3-4 October 2024
- 7 November 2024
Supervisory & Foundation Boards
- 6 June 2024
- 7 November 2024