Board of directors
Dr. h. c. Willy Michel
|Year of birth:||1947|
|Position:||Chairman of the Board of Directors|
Dr. h.c. Willy Michel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG.
Until April 2003, Willy Michel was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Disetronic Holding AG and since 2003 he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG. From August 2011 to June 2014, Willy Michel was Delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO of Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group.
He founded Disetronic together with his brother in 1984 and they were together until his brother’s departure from the business in 1995, whereupon Willy Michel became solely responsible for the development, production, distribution and sale of Disetronic products (until 1999). Within the scope of the sale of Disetronic to Roche Holding AG in 2003, Willy Michel bought back Disetronic’s injection business, which has subsequently traded under the name Ypsomed. Prior to the founding of Disetronic, Willy Michel, who holds a professional qualification as a pharmaceutical consultant with a federal diploma, obtained a broad range of experience with several industrial and pharmaceutical companies in the fields of development, sales and marketing and he was the head of Novo Nordisk Switzerland for six years (from 1978 until 1984).
Willy Michel was the founder, majority shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the non-listed company Finox AG, with the purpose of development, manufacturing and sale of pharmaceuticals and was sold to Gedeon Richter in 2016. Willy Michel is the majority shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fertility Biotech AG founded in 2016, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BV Holding AG (Chairman from 2001 until March 2008), an equity investment company which is listed on the BX Berne eXchange and Chairman (since 2012, a member since 2007) of the Board of Directors of Adval Tech Holding AG, which is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
In addition, he is the owner of a number of companies, including well-known firms involved in the fields of art, watch-making and catering, and is a member of the Boards of Directors of various non-listed companies operating in different sectors from the Ypsomed Group and of no significance to its business activities.
Willy Michel was declared the “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” for his overall business performance by Ernst & Young AG in 2005 and in 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (Dr. h. c.) by the Economic and Social Science Faculty of the University of Bern. In 2014, the Swiss Association for Internal and Integrated Communication (SVIK) awarded Willy Michel the “Communicator of the Year” (COTY) Award 2014.
|Year of birth:||1946|
|Position:||Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors|
Anton Kräuliger, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG (member of the Board since 2007).
After completing his studies at ETH Zurich with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Anton Kräuliger joined the family business in 1971 and in 1978 took over the majority shareholding in Lyss AG (today Metalyss AG), a metal foundry and fittings factory. He developed this company into the leading fittings group on the Swiss market, the Similor Group. Within the scope of the sale of the fittings division to the Madison Private Equity Holding AG in 2002 and 2005, Anton Kräuliger repurchased the Industrial Division, which today is again integrated into Metalyss AG.
Anton Kräuliger was a member of the Board of Directors of the listed Berner Kantonalbank BEKB I BCBE (1993 to 2004), a member of the Board of Directors of Sécheron-Hasler Holding AG (2005 to 2013) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sécheron SA (2005 to 2014). He continues to be active as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metalyss AG (since 1978) and as member of the Board of Directors in various other, non-listed companies and of no significance to the business activities of the Ypsomed Group.
Prof. em. Dr. Norbert Thom
|Nationality:||German-Swiss dual nationality|
|Year of birth:||1946|
|Position:||Member of the Board of Directors|
Prof. em. Dr. Norbert Thom, member of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG since 2005.
After studying economics and social sciences at the University of Cologne (Dr. rer. pol. and postdoctoral qualification in business management), Norbert Thom completed a full academic career spanning some 40 years spent at four universities (Cologne, Giessen, Fribourg, Berne) before his retirement in 2012.
In Berne, Prof. Thom was founder and director of the Institute of Organisation and Human Resource Management (1991 to 2012) as well as holding several other offices at the university including Vice Rector for Finance and Planning. Prof. Thom has received awards in Switzerland and abroad for his academic achievements, including three honorary doctorates (Dr.h.c.mult.) and one honorary professorship (Prof.h.c.). Prof. Thom has maintained close links with the business world for many years. As well as consultancy work and membership of advisory boards, he has also taken on responsibility as a member of several boards of non-listed companies operating in different sectors from the Ypsomed Group and of no significance to its business activities.
Currently, in his capacity as professor emeritus, he retains ties to the University of Bern, most notably as a supervisor and examiner for its Executive Master of Health Administration programme. Since 2012, he has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of the REHAU Group (Muri bei Bern), a global plastics company.
|Year of birth:||1949|
|Position:||Member of the Board of Directors|
Gerhart Isler, member of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG since 2008.
After completing his studies in economics at the University of Zurich, Gerhart Isler joined the family newspaper publishing company Finanz und Wirtschaft AG as an editor in 1976. In 1980, he managed the company’s editorial department in New York, was head of foreign correspondence from 1981 until 1986 and then held the position of manager of the publishing house until 1989. He then became the owner of Finanz und Wirtschaft, which enjoyed strong growth up to 2000 and became the country’s most important financial newspaper. Mr Isler subsequently sold the publishing firm but continued as its editor until the end of 2004. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the listed company PubliGroupe (2005 until the end of 2008) and a member of the Board of Directors of the listed investment company New Value (2008 until the spring of 2012). In 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Grand Casino Baden. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the move>med Foundation, which is involved in the field of sports. Furthermore, Gerhart Isler has been Mayor of Bergdietikon since early 2010.
1 Until April 2003, Willy Michel was a member of the Executive Management of Disetronic Holding AG and from 2003 to August 2011 he was the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG. From August 2011 to June 2014, Willy Michel was Delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO of Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group. Since July 2014, he has been the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG.
2 Non-executive member of the Board of Directors, member of the Compensation Committee: no operational activity for
Ypsomed Holding AG and its subsidiaries in the current year and the three preceding financial years.