Implenia Executive Committee

Implenia Executive Committee members

The IEC consists of the CEO, the CFO and other members designated by the Board of Directors.

In the reporting year, the Group Executive Board that existed up to 28 February 2019 was replaced by the Implenia Executive Committee. Instead of five members, as previously, the IEC now has nine members. The newly appointed members of the IEC are Jens Vollmar, Head Division Buildings, Adrian Wyss, Head Division Development, German Grüniger, General Counsel and Matthias Jacob, Head Country Management since 1 March 2019; Marco Dirren, CFO, and Christelle Beneteau, Chief Human Resources Officer since 1 May 2019 and, finally, Anita Eckardt, Head Division Specialities since 1 September 2019. The members Beat Fellmann, André Métral and Christof Gämperle exited the Group Executive Board on 1 March 2019.

The table below shows the composition of the IEC as of 31 December 2019:

   

Member of IEC1 since

André Wyss

 

Switzerland

 

CEO

 

1 October 2018

Marco Dirren

 

Switzerland

 

CFO

 

1 May 2019

Adrian Wyss

 

Switzerland

 

Head Division Development

 

1 March 2019

René Kotacka2

 

Switzerland

 

Head Division Civil Engineering

 

2015

Jens Vollmar

 

Germany

 

Head Division Buildings

 

1 March 2019

Anita Eckardt

 

Denmark

 

Head Division Specialties

 

1 September 2019

German Grüniger

 

Switzerland

 

General Counsel

 

1 March 2019

Christelle Beneteau

 

France

 

Chief Human Resources Officer

 

1 May 2019

Matthias Jacob

 

Germany

 

Head Country Management

 

1 March 2019

1 Formerly of the Group Executive Board.

2 Since 1 January 2020 Christian Späth.

Eduction, activities and vested interests

The following lists provides essential information about the education and career path of each member of the IEC. It also discloses the mandates held by each member outside the Group as well as any further significant activities and permanent positions in significant interest groups.

André Wyss

Chief Executive Officer

Born 1967
Swiss citizen

Education

1992—1995 Study of economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWV)

1984—1987 Apprenticeship as chemical worker at Sandoz (today Novartis)

between 1997—2015 Various Executive Education Modules in Leadership Development at Harvard Business School

Professional Experience

Since 2018 CEO Implenia Group

2016—2018 President of Novartis Operations (global) and Country President of Novartis Switzerland (responsible for, among other things, the entire production process, central group services such as real estate and infrastructure, IT, procurement, personnel, and accounting, as well as Corporate Affairs)

2014—2018 Member of the Executive Committee of Novartis

Earlier: Various roles within Novartis, including Head of Finance Research & Development, Head of Pharmaceutical Production in Europe and Executive for Country and Regional Companies, including the USA, Greece, and Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Adrian Wyss

Head Division Development

Born 1975
Swiss citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Architect, University of Applied Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Bern University of Applied Sciences

Professional Experience

Since 2019 Head Division Development

2015—2019 Business Unit Head Modernization & Development

2013—2015 Head Modernization

2006—2013 Various functions within Implenia

2000—2006 Architect at Pfister Schiess Tropeano Architekten, Zurich

Jens Vollmar

Head Division Buildings

Country President Switzerland

Born 1984

German citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Degree in business economics from the University of St. Gall (Dr. oec. HSG)

Professional Experience

Since 2019 Head Division Buildings and Country President Switzerland

2015—2018 Business Unit Head Buildings, Implenia

2014—2015 Head Business Development Buildings, Implenia

2013—2014 Head CEO Support, Implenia

2011—2013 Senior Consultant at the Institute for Finance, Financial Law, and Law & Economics, University of St. Gall (HSG)

Additional functions and offices

Lecturer in the areas of Controlling, Financial Accounting, and M&A, University of St. Gall (HSG)

Member of Executive Board Development Switzerland

René Kotacka

Head Division Civil Engineering

Born 1962
Swiss citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Civil Engineer, ETH Zurich

Professional Experience

2019—2019 Head Division Civil Engineering

2015—2019 Head Business Unit Infrastructure

2014—2015 Head Business Unit Tunneling & Civil Engineering

2011—2014 Head Acquisition Area Tunneling and Member of the Management of Implenia Tunneling & Civil Engineering

2006—2011 Head Production Foreign and Reorganization

Memberships on Boards of Directors

Versuchsstollen Hagerbach AG (Member)

Additional functions and offices

Member of the SCOUT (Swiss Center of Applied Underground Technologies) Supporting Association

Anita Eckardt

Head Division Specialties

Born 1973
Danish citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Master of International Business, Munich Business School

Executive Coach, Coaching Institute Copenhagen

Professional Experience

Since 2019 Head Division Specialties

2019—2019 CEO of Habitects AG

2017—2018 Chief Operating Officer at CRH Swiss Distribution

2008—2016 CMO Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark & Sales Director Vetrotech Saint-Gobain International

2005—2008 Global Key Account & Marketing Manager at Bang & Olufsen

2001—2005 Global Brand Manager at Grundfos

Marco Dirren

Chief Financial Officer

Born 1973
Swiss citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

MSc in Finance and Financial Law, University of London

Executive MBA in International Management, FH Bern / University of Pejing / Babson College Boston

Study of economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWV)

Professional Experience

Since 2019 CFO Implenia Group

2014—2019 CFO of the Infrastructure Division at SBB

2010—2014 CFO of the Aviation Division at RUAG

2006—2010 Commercial Finance Director of Compass Group in London

Christelle Beneteau

Chief Human Resources Officer

Born 1973
French citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Master’s in Organic Chemistry from Heriott-Watt University in Edinburgh (UK)

Ingénieur Chimiste in Organic Chemistry from École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (FR)

Professional Experience

Since 2019 Chief Human Resources Officer Implenia Group

2017—2019 Global Head of HR Business Partnering and Corporate HR Head at LafargeHolcim

2015—2017 Global Head of HR Services at Clariant

2013—2014 European HR Head of Commercial Operations at ebay

2005—2013 Various HR positions within Novartis

 

German Grüniger

General Counsel

Born 1969
Swiss citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Stanford Executive Program (SEP), 2019
Lic. iur., University of Freiburg

Dr. iur, University of Basel

LL.M, New York University

Attorney at Law

Standford Executive Program (SEP), 2019

Professional Experience

Since 2014 General Counsel Implenia Group

2007—2014 Partner at Baur Hürlimann law firm

1996—2006 Intern / Associate at Baur Hürlimann

1995—1996 Law clerk at court

Memberships on Boards of Directors

MediData AG (Member)

Bürgenstock Hotels AG (Member)

Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG (Member)

Additional functions and offices

Board of Trustees of the Felsenweg am Bürgenstock Foundation (Member)

Matthias Jacob

Head Country Management

Born 1961
German citizen

Member of the Implenia Executive Committee

Education

Civil Engineering, Dipl.-Ing., 1987, TU Dortmund

Completed Dissertation, 1995, TU Dortmund

Professional Experience

Since 2019 Head Country Management Implenia Group

Since 2018 Business Unit Head Implenia Buildings Germany

2011—2017 Technical Managing Director of Wolff & Müller Holding GmbH & Co. KG

2007—2010 Chairman of the Management of Bilfinger Hochbau GmbH

2005—2010 Member of management of Bilfinger Hochbau GmbH

Additional functions and offices

Vice-President of Technology of the Federation of the German Construction Industry

Chairman of the Executive Board, German Concrete and Construction Engineering Association

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Initiative “planen-bauen 4.0”

Lectureship at the University of Wuppertal

Rules of the Articles of Association regarding the number of permissible activities according to Art. 12 (1) (1) of the Swiss Ordinance against Excessive Compensation at Stock Exchange Listed Companies (“OaEC”)

According to Art. 22e of the Articles of Association, each member of the IEC may hold no more than nine mandates as a director or officer of legal entities outside the Implenia Group (no more than four of which may be held in exchange-listed companies), which are to be registered in the Swiss Commercial Register or a similar foreign register, providing that they are approved on a case-by-case basis by the NCC. If mandates are held in different legal entities of one and the same corporate group or are held on behalf of a corporate group or a legal entity, then these will be counted in their entirety as one mandate in each case. It is permissible to exceed the foregoing limits for short periods. The Articles of Association with the exact wording of the above-cited provision can be viewed on Implenia's website.

Management contracts

There are no management contracts with third parties.