Board of Directors

Dr. h. c. Willy Michel - Chairman
Dr. h. c. Willy Michel - Chairman of the Board
Dr. h. c. Willy Michel - Chairman of the Board
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1947
  • Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Member1 since: 1984

Dr. h.c. Willy Michel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Group.

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.

Anton Kräuliger - Vice Chairman
Anton Kräuliger - Vice Chairman of the Board
Anton Kräuliger - Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1946
  • Position: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Member2 since: 2007

Anton Kräuliger, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Group.

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 - Member
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h. c. mult. Norbert Thom - Member of the Board
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h. c. mult. Norbert Thom - Member of the Board
  • Nationality: German-Swiss dual nationality
  • Year of birth: 1946
  • Position: Member of the Board of Directors
  • Member2 since: 2005

Prof. em. Dr. Norbert Thom, member  of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Group.

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.

Gerhart Isler - Member
Gerhart Isler - Member of the Board
Gerhart Isler - Member of the Board
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1949
  • Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Member1 since: 2008

Gerhart Isler, member of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Group.

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.

Executive Management

Simon Michel - CEO of the Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group
Simon Michel - CEO of Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group
Simon Michel - CEO of Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1977
  • Position: CEO of the Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group
  • At Ypsomed since: 2006

Simon Michel, CEO of the Ypsomed Holding AG and the Ypsomed Group. With Ypsomed since October 2006. Member of Executive Management since 2008 and responsible for Marketing & Sales. CEO since July 2014.

From 2003 until 2006, Simon Michel worked for Orange Communications AG, where he was responsible for, among other things, the introduction and marketing of UMTS/3G.

Simon Michel studied economics at the University of St. Gallen and completed a Masters with a focus on media and communications management.

Since 2016 he is on the Board of Directors at Forster Rohner AG. Since 2015, Simon Michel has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Solothurn Chamber of Commerce, and also since 2015, a member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Medtech, the Swiss Medical Technology Association, as well as a member of further boards of trustees and advisory boards. In March 2017, Simon Michel was elected to the Canton Council of the Canton Solothurn.

Frank Mengis - Chief Operating Officer
Frank Mengis - Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Frank Mengis - Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Nationality: German-Swiss dual nationality
  • Year of birth: 1964
  • Position: Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • At Ypsomed since: 2015

Frank Mengis, Chief Operating Officer (COO). With Ypsomed since 2015 as Member of Executive Management and responsible for Production, Supply Chain and QM&RA.

He has many years of experience in the development and manufacturing of medical devices: former Head of Operation and member of management at Nobel Biocare AG. In the years 2001 to 2012 he held various management functions in the Straumann Group in Switzerland and the USA in the areas of quality management, production and development.

After graduating, he started his career at Hoffmann La Roche AG in Basle in the Engineering Department (2000 to 2008). Of German-Swiss dual nationality, he graduated as Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University Karlsruhe followed by further training at the IMD Lausanne and the Harvard Business School (AMP Programme).

Hans Ulrich Lehmann - Senior Vice President Technology
Hans Ulrich Lehmann - Senior Vice President Technology
Hans Ulrich Lehmann - Senior Vice President Technology
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1966
  • Position: Senior Vice President Technology
  • At Ypsomed since: 2000

Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Senior Vice President Technology. From April to September 2015, Hans Ulrich Lehmann has been managing Operations on an ad interim basis. He has been a member of Executive Management since 2011 and is responsible for Technology.

He has been with Ypsomed since 2000 (pre-2003 at Disetronic) in different positions, initially as Senior Project Manager for R&D projects, before spending several years as Vice President Manufacturing and Vice President Technology. Previously, he worked at various medical device manufacturing and injection moulding companies in Switzerland and the USA.

He graduated as a mechanical engineer and completed the postgraduate programme in business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Berne and also completed the Programme for Leadership Development PLD at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

Dr. Eberhard Bauer - Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Diabetes Care
Dr. Eberhard Bauer - Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Diabetes Care
Dr. Eberhard Bauer - Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Diabetes Care
  • Nationality: German
  • Year of birth: 1960
  • Position: Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Diabetes Care
  • At Ypsomed since: 2012

Eberhard Bauer: Dr. med. vet. Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Diabetes Care. Since July 2014, member of Executive Management and responsible for Marketing & Sales in the Diabetes Care business area.

Eberhard Bauer was responsible for the global distribution and the distribution companies of Diabetes Care from July 2012 until July 2014. Prior to this, he held various functions with Boehringer Mannheim and Roche Diagnostics over more than 20 years, including Division Head Iberia, Global Head of Marketing and Product Development for Roche Diabetes Care and most recently, Head Latin America.

He graduated as Dr. med. vet. from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich and carried out postgraduate studies at IMD Lausanne and the London Business School.

Ulrike Bauer and Eberhard Bauer are not related in any way.

Ulrike Bauer - Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Delivery Systems
Ulrike Bauer - Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Delivery Systems
Ulrike Bauer - Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Delivery Systems
  • Nationality: German-Swiss dual nationality
  • Year of birth: 1969
  • Position: Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Delivery Systems
  • At Ypsomed since: 2001

Ulrike Bauer, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales Delivery Systems, with Ypsomed (pre-2003 with Disetronic) since 2001 in different Marketing & Sales functions and since 2014 a member of Executive Management. Previously Product Manager with Mettler Toledo (1996 – 2001).

She has a degree in chemical engineering and biotechnology at the University of Aachen and completed a postgraduate diploma in International Management at the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences in Zurich.

Ulrike Bauer and Eberhard Bauer are not related in any way.

Niklaus Ramseier - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Niklaus Ramseier - CFO
Niklaus Ramseier - CFO
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1963
  • Position: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • At Ypsomed since: 2002

Niklaus Ramseier, CFO, with Ypsomed (pre-2003 with Disetronic) since 2002, prior to that Head of Finance and Controlling for the industrial services product line of the Von Roll Group (from 1995 until 2002) and various advisory and accounting functions within a trust and auditing company. Education: Swiss certified expert in accounting and controlling.

Michael Zaugg - Senior Vice President Human Resources
Michael Zaugg - Senior Vice President Human Resources
Michael Zaugg - Senior Vice President Human Resources
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1972
  • Position: Senior Vice President Human Resources
  • At Ypsomed since: 2017

Michael Zaugg, Senior Vice President Human Resources, with Ypsomed since 2017.

From 2011 to 2017 he was employed as Head of Talent Europe at ABB. Previous positions included HR at Credit Suisse: Division HR Manager, Head of Graduates Recruiting & Development and University Marketing (1997 to 2004), Consultant and Management Member at schärpartners ag (2004 to 2007), Head of HR Services at Valiant Holding (2007 to 2008), Head of HR Recruiting at BKW FMB AG (2008 to 2011).

Michael Zaugg held several part-time mandates: Member of the Board of Directors at Poolside AG in Zurich, Member of the Board at IngCH, lecturer at the ZfU and the Further Education Centre of the University St. Gallen in the field of Talent Management as well as the University of Bern on the topic of  “Leadership in an innovative environment”, President of the ABB childcare centres.

Education: Study of Economics at the University of Basel (degree: lic.rer.pol) with business focus on personnel management and marketing. Executive Master of Human Resources Management at the Institute for Applied Psychology in Zurich.

Dr. Beat Maurer - Senior Vice President Legal & Intellectual Property, Secretary of the Board
Dr. Beat Maurer - Senior Vice President Legal and Intellectual Property
Dr. Beat Maurer - Senior Vice President Legal and Intellectual Property
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Year of birth: 1958
  • Position: Senior Vice President Legal & Intellectual Property,
    Secretary of the Board
  • At Ypsomed since: 1992

Beat Maurer, Dr. iur., attorney-at-law, Senior Vice President Legal and Intellectual Property, Secretary to the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Holding AG, with Ypsomed (pre-2003 with Disetronic) since 1992, prior to that tax and legal consultant with a trust and auditing company.

Education: degree in Law from the University of Fribourg, studied at the Free University of Berlin, took a doctorate in law at the University of Bern and was admitted to the bar in the canton of Berne.

Beat Maurer has been a judge specialising in issues relating to business law and intellectual property law at the commercial court of the canton of Berne since 2002. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of FASMED, the Federation of Swiss Medical Devices Trade and Industry Associations.