– Corporate governance – Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and the Division Presidents.
The Board of Directors delegates executive management powers to the CEO. The CEO delegates the appropriate powers to the members of the Executive Committee (EC). The Division Presidents define and attain business targets for their respective divisions in accordance with group-wide goals. The Board of Directors and Organization Regulations govern, among other things, the transfer of responsibilities from the Board of Directors to the CEO (the regulations can be viewed at www.sulzer.com/governance, under “Regulationsˮ). There are no management contracts with third parties. None of the Executive Committee members has a contract with a notice period exceeding 12 months. The members of the Executive Committee and their CVs can be viewed below. In the course of the medmix spin-off, Girts Cimermans became the CEO of medmix Ltd and left the Executive Committee of Sulzer Ltd as of September 20, 2021.
Additional mandates of members of the Executive Committee outside the Sulzer group
No member of the Executive Committee may hold more than five mandates, of which no more than one may be in listed companies (Articles of Association, § 33; published at www.sulzer.com/governance, under “Articles of Associationˮ). Exceptions (e.g. for mandates held at the request of Sulzer or mandates in charity organizations) are defined in the Articles of Association (§ 33, paragraphs a, b and c).
CVs of Executive Committee members
Chief Executive Officer
- MBA, Harvard Business School, USA
- Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris, France
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of medmix Ltd, Switzerland
- Board member Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
Greg Poux-Guillaume (born 1970, France) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer in 2015. He joined from General Electric, where he had been named CEO of GE Grid Solutions upon the closing of GE’s takeover of Alstom’s energy businesses. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Alstom Group and a member of the Executive Committee, and served as President and CEO of Alstom Grid (2011–2015). From 2009 to 2011, he was a Senior Managing Director at CVC Capital Partners. Prior to this, he held various positions with Alstom Group (2003–2008), in technology venture capital with Softbank and in consulting with McKinsey & Company. Greg started his career in Exploration and Production with Total (1993–1997).
1) stepping down on February 18, 2022
Chief Financial Officer
- Master of Business Administration (MBA), Nanyang Business School, Singapore
- Bachelor of Business Administration, National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Member of the Board of Directors, Schneider Electric SE, Switzerland
- Member of the Board of Directors, medmix Ltd, Switzerland
- Member of the Foundation Board, IMD Business School, Switzerland
Jill Lee (born 1963, Singapore) joined the Sulzer Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officer in 2018. From 2011 until 2018, she was a member of the Sulzer Board of Directors. Besides that, she was the Senior Group Vice President and Head of Next Level Program Management of ABB Ltd. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Senior Vice President and CFO for ABB China and North Asia Region. Prior to this, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance Strategy and Investments for Neptune Orient Lines in Singapore (2010–2011). She has also held a number of positions with Siemens, including global Chief Diversity Officer (2008–2010), CFO and Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens in China (2004–2008), CFO and Senior Vice President of Siemens in Singapore (2000–2004), CFO Asia-Pacific and General Manager of the Asia Regional Headquarters of Siemens Electromechanical Components in Singapore (1997–2000).
1) Retiring later in 2022
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Sustainability Officer
- Diploma in Mathematics and Sociology from Besançon University, France
- Graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris, France
Armand Sohet (born 1965, France) joined the Executive Committee as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2016 and was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in 2021. He was Human Resources Senior Executive Leader of GE Grid Solutions from 2015 to 2016. Before, he was Head of Human Resources at Alstom Grid (2011–2015). From 2010 to 2011, he served as Group Vice President of Constellium. From 2007 to 2010, he led Human Resources for Thales Defence & Security C4I Systems. He previously held various positions at Novartis in Switzerland and in France, including Head of Human Resources of the Ophtha business unit, Basel, Switzerland (2006–2007), Head of Human Resources of Western and Central Europe, Basel (2004–2006), Head of Human Resources of Novartis France (2000–2004), and Human Resources Manager of Field Forces and Marketing at Novartis Pharma France (1998–2000). Armand Sohet started his career at Peugeot PSA, where he served in various managerial positions in the field of Human Resources (1989–1998).
Division President Flow Equipment
- International Executive Program, Insead, Fontainebleau, France
- Master in International Politics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
- Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration, Sorbonne, Paris, France
- Master’s Degree in Sciences and Technology, Angers University, France
Frederic Lalanne (born 1963, France) took over the position as Division President Flow Equipment on January 1, 2019. Frederic joined the Executive Committee as Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer in 2016. He joined from General Electric Grid Solutions in France, where he was Vice President Global Sales and Marketing (2015–2016). Previously, he was Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing at Alstom Grid in France (2012–2015). He worked as Managing Director of Catering International and Services, France (2011–2012), and was President Cegelec Worldwide Business of the Belgium-based company Cegelec (2008–2011). From 2005 to 2007, he served as Managing Director Alstom Projects India Ltd and Vice President Sales and Marketing Alstom Power in India. Before that, he held various positions as General Manager and Sales and Marketing Director at Pauwels Group in Belgium and Indonesia (1996–2004).
1) Succeeding Greg Poux-Guillaume as Chief Executive Officer on February 18, 2022
Division President Services
- Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
- MBA Program, Insead, Fontainebleau, France
- IMD, ABB Senior Leadership Development Program, Lausanne, Switzerland
Daniel Bischofberger (born 1966, Switzerland) joined the Sulzer Executive Committee as Division President Services in 2016. Previously, he worked as Local Division Manager Power Products at ABB Switzerland (2011–2016). From 2004 to 2011, he was Head of Alstom’s Gas Turbine Service Business, Switzerland. Before, he was Head of Corporate Development and Assistant to the CEO at the Swiss-based Dätwyler Holding Ltd (2002–2004). From 2000 to 2002, he acted as Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for a business unit of ABB High-Voltage Technologies Ltd, Switzerland. He started his career as Commissioning Engineer for gas turbine power plants at ABB Power Generation in the USA and Libya and gradually took over different managing positions in the USA, Switzerland and Malaysia (1993–1998).
1) stepping down in early 2022
Division President Chemtech
- Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
- Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland
- Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Torsten Wintergerste (born 1965, Switzerland) was announced as Division President Chemtech and member of the Executive Committee in 2016. He has been Head of Chemtech’s business unit Separation Technology for Europe, Middle East, India, Russia, and Africa since 2012. He joined Sulzer in 1998, first within the research and development unit Sulzer Innotec, where he became Head of the groupwide center of excellence for fluid technology. From 2006 to 2012, he worked in various managing positions within Sulzer’s division Chemtech, amongst others Director Polymer Technology as well as Manager Technology and Business Development of the Sulzer Mixpac business unit. Before joining Sulzer, he was a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in Switzerland (1994–1998) and at the National Aeronautics and Space Research Center in Germany (1992–1994).