Board of Directors
Benoît D. Ludwig, Chairman (since 2010)
Born 1945, Swiss
Benoît D. Ludwig is owner of Ludwig Management Consulting. Prior to that, he was an acting partner at Ludwig & Partner AG for 22 years. Before that he worked in various areas at McKinsey & Company in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as abroad, lastly as partner of the company. Benoît D. Ludwig holds a Master in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as a Master in Business Administration from the INSEAD in Fontainbleau, France.
Nina Pieper, Vice Chairwoman (since 2014)
Born 1981, Swiss
Nina Pieper is the founder and owner of a Swiss fashion accessories company and previously worked as a fashion designer in New York and Zurich. Nina Pieper holds a degree in fashion design from ESMOD in Munich, Germany.
Christoph Hammer, non-executive Director (since 2022)
Born 1970, Swiss
Christoph Hammer is an independent consultant and board member. Previously, he was Group CFO and member of the Group Executive Board at SBB AG. Prior to that, he spent around nine years with the Hilti Group, most recently as Head of Global Group Controlling. Before that, he was CFO at Starbucks Coffee Company in Switzerland and Austria and associate partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Christoph Hammer studied Business Administration at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Finance and Marketing.
Dr. Andreas Hauswirth, non-executive Director (since 2019)
Born 1954, Swiss
Before joining the Board of Directors, Dr. Andreas Hauswirth was a member of the Board of Directors of Franke Group from 2013 to 2019. Furthermore, he acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evostate AG, Zurich, and Espace Real Estate AG, Solothurn, and is a member of the Board of Artemis Immobilien AG, Aarburg, Impact Immobilien AG, Bern, as well as of Uze AG, Uzwil. In1987, Dr. Andreas Hauswirth joined the Franke Group as assistant to the Franke Group Executive Board. In 1994, he became a member of the Franke Group Executive Board and headed Corporate Services (legal services, insurance, risk management, communications, human resources and real estate) for almost 30 years before retiring in January 2017. Before joining Franke, Dr. Andreas Hauswirth worked as a legal advisor for OBT Treuhand AG. He studied law at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Alexander Pieper, non-executive Director (since 2015)
Born 1983, Swiss
Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Alexander Pieper held, for more than 10 years, various management positions within the Franke Group, working in Switzerland, the United States, the Philippines and Germany. In his last position, he was Managing Director of Franke’s subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates. Since 2016, Alexander Pieper has been owner and CEO of Kraftwerk Group AG, a Swiss company internationally active in the tools indusry. Since 2019, Alexander Pieper has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Franke Holding AG. He has a background in Industrial Engineering.
Alexander von Witzleben, non-executive Director (since 2015)
Born 1963, German
Since 2009, Alexander von Witzleben is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Feintool International Holding AG. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arbonia and at the same time led the company on an interim basis as CEO until April 2022. Since then, he has been Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arbonia. Furthermore, he is Board member of numerous German companies such as PVA TePla AG and VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG. Previously, he worked at optoelectronics group Jenoptik AG in Jena, Germany, for more than 14 years, firstly as CFO and later as CEO. Alexander von Witzleben holds a degree in Economics from the University of Passau, Germany.