Board of Directors

Thomas A. Erb, Chairman (since 2005)

Born 1945, Swiss

Thomas A. Erb was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005. Furthermore, he acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Franke Holding AG and is a member of the Board of Feintool International Holding AG. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, he was CEO of MBT Construction Chemicals (a Division of SANDOZ Ltd. which later became part of SKW AG and Degussa AG), a world-leading manufacturer of construction chemicals. Previously he had spent close to 20 years in CEO positions in European countries as well as in Asia. Thomas A. Erb studied law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, followed by studies in Business Administration and Management in Basel, Switzerland and England.

Benoît D. Ludwig, Vice-Chairman (since 2010)

Born 1945, Swiss

Benoît D. Ludwig is owner of Ludwig Consulting AG. 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.

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. Alexander Pieper has a background in Industrial Engineering. In April 2016, he has taken over the company KRAFTWERK Group which is an internationally operating Swiss business of high-quality professional hand tools and workshop equipment, placed in Zurich.

Nina Pieper, Non Executive Director (since 2014)

Born 1981, Swiss

Nina Pieper is the founder and owner of a Swiss fashion accessories company and previously worked as a couture clothing designer and artist. Nina Pieper holds a degree in fashion design from ESMOD in Munich, Germany.

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. In 2015, he became 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.