Board of Directors and Group Executive Board
Chairman of the Board
Andreas Umbach is a Swiss and German citizen and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since the Initial Public Offering in 2018. Mr Umbach has further served as chairman of the board of directors of Landis+Gyr Group AG (SIX: LAND) since July 2017, as chairman of the supervisory board of Techem Energy Services GmbH since August 2018 and as chairman of the board of directors of Rovensa SA since September 2020. He has been the president of the Zug Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2016. Mr Umbach previously served as a member of the board of directors of Ascom Holding AG (SIX: ASCN) (2010–2020), from 2017–2019 as its chairman. He also served as a member of the board of directors of WWZ AG (2013–2020) and as a member of the board of directors of LichtBlick SE (2012–2016). From 2002 to 2017, Mr Umbach was the president and CEO/COO of Landis+Gyr AG. Prior to serving as CEO, Mr Umbach served as president of the Siemens Metering Division within the Power Transmission and Distribution Group and held other positions within Siemens. Mr Umbach holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in mechanical engineering (Diplomingenieur) from the Technical University of Berlin.
Audit & Risk Committee Chair
Matthias Währen is a Swiss citizen and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the IPO. Mr Währen has further served as a member of the board of directors of Keto Swiss AG since July 2020, of Bloom Biorenewables SA since September 2020 and as a member of the board of directors of ph. AG since December 2020, as well as being a member of the board of trustees of the Givaudan Foundation (since 2013) and the HBM Fondation (since 2018). Mr Währen was previously a member of the regulatory board of SIX Swiss Exchange from 2006 to 2017, a member of the board of scienceindustries from 2009 to 2017, a member of the board of Swiss Holdings from 2015 to 2017 and a member of the board of directors of various Givaudan subsidiaries from 2005 to 2019. Most recently, he served as CFO and a member of the executive committee of Givaudan SA from 2005 until his retirement in 2017. Prior to that, he served as the global head of finance and informatics of the Roche vitamin division and held a variety of other positions at Roche, including vice president finance and informatics at Roche USA, Nutley, New Jersey, head of finance and information technology at Nippon Roche, Tokyo and finance director of Roche Korea. Mr Währen started his career in corporate auditing at Roche in 1983. Mr Währen holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Comp. Committee Chair
Colleen Goggins is an American citizen and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the IPO. From 2015 until the IPO, she served as an advisory board member for the Company. Ms Goggins is also currently a member of the board of directors of TD Bank Group (TSE: TD) (since 2012), where she serves on the risk committee, a member of the supervisory board of Bayer AG (ETR: BAYN) (since 2017), where she serves on the nominating and ad hoc legal committee, and a member of the board of directors of IQVIA (NYSE: IQV) (since 2017), where she sits on the audit and nominating and governance committees. Ms Goggins is also a member of the advisory boards of ZO Skin Heath and Sabert Inc. (since 2020). She has been a member of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and a member of the board of the University’s centre for brand and product management, a member of the board of directors of New York Citymeals on Wheels and a trustee of the International Institute of Education. Ms Goggins previously served as a supervisory board member for KraussMaffei from 2013 to 2016 and as a member of the board of directors of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from 2014 to 2016, where she was a member of the nominating committee and special ad hoc committee. Prior to that, Ms Goggins worked at Johnson & Johnson until 2011, where she held various leadership positions, including worldwide chairwoman of the consumer group, company group chairwoman, and president of the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, among others, and she served as a member of the executive committee. Ms Goggins holds a Bachelor of Science (“BSc”) degree in food chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Audit & Risk Committee Member,
Nomination & Govern. Com. Member
Werner Bauer is a Swiss and German citizen and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the IPO. From 2015 until the IPO, he served as an advisory board member for the Company. Mr Bauer is also currently vice chairman of the board of directors of Givaudan SA (SIX: GIVN) (since 2014) and Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (since 2012), chairman of the board of trustees at the Bertelsmann Foundation (since 2011), and a member of the board of directors of Lonza Group AG (SIX: LONN) (since 2013). From 2011 until 2018 he also served as a member of the board of directors of GEA Group AG. Prior to that he held a number of other board positions, including chairman of the board of directors of Nestlé Deutschland AG (from 2005 to 2017) and chairman of the board of directors of Galderma Pharma SA (from 2011 to 2014). Most recently, Mr Bauer was the executive vice president and head of innovation, technology, research & development for Nestlé SA from 2007 to 2013, and prior to that he served as executive vice president and head of technical, production, environment, research & development for Nestlé SA and held other positions within Nestlé. Furthermore, Mr Bauer served as chairman of the board of directors of Sofinol S.A. (from 2006 to 2012), and as a member of the board of directors of L’Oréal (from 2005 to 2012) and of Alcon Inc. (from 2002 to 2010). Mr Bauer started his career in 1980 as a professor of chemical engineering at Hamburg University of Technology, after which he was a professor in food bioprocessing and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Food Technology & Packaging at the Technical University of Munich. Mr Bauer holds a degree and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Comp. Committee Member,
Nomination & Govern. Com. Member
Wah-Hui Chu is a Chinese citizen and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the IPO. From 2015 until the IPO, he served as an advisory board member for the Company. Mr Chu is currently also the founder and has been chairman of iBridge TT International Limited (Hong Kong) since 2018, a member of the board of directors of Mettler Toledo International (NYSE: MTD) since 2007 and was the founder of M&W Consultants Limited (Hong Kong) in 2007. From 2013 to 2014 when he retired, Mr Chu served as the CEO and a member of the board of directors of Tingyi Asahi Beverages Holding, and from 2008 to 2011 he acted as executive director and CEO of Next Media Limited. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Li Ning Company Limited from 2007 to 2012 and as chairman of PepsiCo Investment (China) Limited from 1998 to 2007, and again from 2012 to 2013. Mr Chu spent many years as an executive at PepsiCo, serving as non-executive chairman of PepsiCo International’s Asia region in 2008 and president of PepsiCo International – China beverages business unit between 1998 and 2007. Before joining PepsiCo, Mr Chu held management positions at Monsanto Company, Whirlpool Corporation, H.J. Heinz Company and the Quaker Oats Company. Mr Chu holds a BSc in agronomy from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Roosevelt University.
Audit & Risk Committee Member,
Comp. Committee Member
Mariel Hoch is a Swiss and German citizen and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the IPO. Ms Hoch has been a partner at the Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer since 2012. She is currently also a serving board member at Comet Holding AG (SIX: COTN) (since 2016), where she also chairs the nomination and compensation committee, at Komax Holding AG (SIX KOMN) (since 2019), where she also sits on the audit committee, and at MEXAB AG (since 2014). Ms Hoch served as a member of the board of directors of Adunic AG from 2015 to 2018. She has been a member of the foundation board of The Schörling Foundation since 2013 and a member of the foundation board of the Irene M. Staehelin Foundation since 2020. Ms Hoch has also been co-chair of the Zurich Committee of Human Rights Watch since 2017. Ms Hoch was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2005 and holds a law degree and a PhD from the University of Zurich.
Nomination & Govern. Com. Chair
Nigel Wright is a Canadian citizen and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. Mr Wright is a senior managing director at Onex Corporation (TSE: ONEX), where he manages European origination efforts in the business services, healthcare and packaging sectors for Onex’s large-cap fund, Onex Partners. Furthermore, he is a member of Onex Partners’ investment committee. He currently serves as non-executive chair of Acacium Group (since 2020), as non-executive chair of Childcare BV (operating as KidsFoundation), as a non-executive director of Justitia, and as a trustee of the Policy Exchange. Mr Wright joined Onex in 1997, although from 2010 to 2013 he worked as chief of staff for the Prime Minister of Canada. Prior to joining Onex, Mr Wright was a partner at the law firm of Davies, Ward & Beck, and before that he worked in policy development in the office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Mr Wright holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, an LL.B. (with honours) from the University of Toronto Law School and a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
Chief Executive Officer1
Samuel Sigrist is a Swiss citizen and has served as CFO and Chairman of the Middle East Joint Venture since 2017. With effect from 1 January 2021, he became the new CEO of the SIG Group. Mr Sigrist joined the Company in 2005 and has worked in various finance and corporate development roles, including director of group controlling & reporting, head of finance/CFO of Europe and head of group projects. From 2013 to 2017, Mr Sigrist was the Company’s President & General Manager Europe, and prior to joining the Company he worked as a consultant. Mr Sigrist holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Global Executive MBA from the University of St.Gallen. Mr Sigrist is also a Swiss certified public accountant.
1 Rolf Stangl was the Chief Executive Officer until 31 December 2020.
Chief Financial Officer since 1 January 20211
Frank Herzog joined SIG in 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to SIG, Mr Herzog was the CFO of VFS Global, based in Zurich and Dubai. He has previously held finance leadership positions as CFO of Dematic Group in the USA and Head of Corporate Finance at the KION Group in Germany. He also gained extensive experience in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, Rothschild and Citigroup. Mr Herzog is a German citizen and holds a graduate business degree from WHU Koblenz and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas. Mr Herzog is based at SIG’s headquarters in Neuhausen, Switzerland.
1 Samuel Sigrist was the Chief Financial Officer until 31 December 2020.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Ian Wood is a British citizen and joined SIG in 2018 as Chief Supply Chain Officer and became CTO in 2020. Previously, Mr Wood spent 15 years at Honeywell, initially in the supply chain function and later as vice president & general manager of various business units within the home & building technologies segment. Prior to joining Honeywell, Mr Wood worked at A.T. Kearney and Ford Motor Company. Mr Wood holds a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University, UK and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK.
President & General Manager, Asia-Pacific
Lawrence Fok is a Singaporean citizen and has served as President and General Manager of the Asia-Pacific region since he joined the Company in 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Fok held senior management positions at Norgren China, Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, SCA Packaging China and Avnet Asia. Mr Fok holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, an MSc in industrial & systems engineering from the National University of Singapore, and a Grad. Dip. in financial management from the Singapore Institute of Management.
President & General Manager, Americas
Ricardo Rodriguez is a Brazilian and Spanish citizen and has served as President and General Manager of the Americas region since 2015. Mr Rodriguez joined the Company in 2003 and previously served as Director & General Manager, South America and Technical Service Director, South America. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Rodriguez worked at Tetra Pak in a number of roles, including general manager of the Belo Horizonte branch, key account manager and technical service manager. He holds a BSc degree in aeronautical/mechanical engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics in Brazil, an MBA from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, and graduated from a specialist business management course at IMD, Lausanne.
President & General Manager, Europe
since 1 February 20211
José Matthijsse has held the position of President & General Manager, Europe, since she joined SIG in 2021. She came with considerable experience in the food and beverage industry, having held senior and general management positions at FrieslandCampina and Heineken in a number of countries in Europe, Americas and Africa. Ms Matthijsse is a Dutch citizen and holds a Masters’ degree in Food Science Technology from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. Ms Matthijsse is based in Linnich, Germany.
1 Martin Herrenbrück was the President & General Manager, Europe until 31 December 2020.