The independent Investment Committee makes the investment decisions.
The Investment Committee consists of proven, independent financial experts. It takes final decisions on proposals submitted to it by the team of investment managers, subject to such conditions as it sees fit. Investment regulations are in force to guide the work of the Investment Committee.
Andreas N. Koopmann has been a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Risk Committee of Credit Suisse Group AG since 2009. From 1982 to 2009, he occupied senior positions at Bobst Group S.A. Lausanne, one of the world's leading suppliers of products and services for the packaging industry.
Among other positions, he was the company's CEO from 1995 until May 2009 and a member of its Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002. Andreas Koopmann has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the IMD, Lausanne.
In 2012, Andreas Koopmann was appointed Chairman of Georg Fischer Ltd. Since 2003, Mr. Koopmann has been a member of the Board of Directors of Nestlé, its 1st Vice-Chairman and a member of the Chairman’s and Corporate Governance Committee. Moreover, Andreas Koopmann is a member of the Board of Directors of the CSD Group, a leading Swiss engineering and consulting firm. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sonceboz SA, a world-leading SME in the development and production of micro-electric motors mainly for the automotive industry. Over many years he has shown his commitment to Switzerland's place as an industrial center through his work on the managing bodies of Swissmem, the Swiss federation for the mechanical and electrical engineering industries.
Carole Ackermann is the CEO and co-founder of private holding company Diamondscull AG, which invests in medical, high-tech, and ITC start-ups. She has more than twenty years of international and intercultural management experience on the Executive Boards of SMEs and large companies.
As a member of the Board of Directors for such companies as Allianz Suisse, BKW, BVZ Holding, and Plaston, she has experience with new business models, and an unwavering commitment to employees and innovation.
Previously, she served as an advisor and manager of Interbrand and Arthur Andersen, and as a marketing and investor relations director at Saurer. As the director of Corporate Development, she oversaw a management buyout with private equity investors before assuming responsibility for the medical division and China. She contributes this experience as jury member at various start-up organizations, the co-president of Angels for Ladies, and member of the Board of Directors for be-advanced, an innovation promotion agency from Bern.
Carole Ackermann completed her doctor of economics and business administration at the University of St. Gallen, where she has served as lecturer for business administration and integration projects since 2003.
Richard Fritschi is Board of Director at multiple private and public companies. He started his career with Luwa AG working between London and Paris. After the army services, he continued his studies at the Swiss Institute for Economy in Zürich and later attended an advanced management program called “The General Manager” at the Harvard Business School.
In 1991, Richard joined ALLO PRO, a SULZERMEDICA company, as Financial controller.
In 1992, he was promoted to Vice President Finance and then as General Manager Global Sales in 1998. SULZERMEDICA changed the name to CENTERPULSE and Richard was appointed in 2001 as President for Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 2003, the US Group ZIMMER acquired CENTERPULSE and Richard became President for Europe and Australasia.
From 2006 - 2011 Richard was appointed as the CEO of Ypsomed generating $300 million in sales with over 1200 employees.
Heinz Herren is Head of Strategic Projects and Board Mandates on behalf of the CEO of Swisscom. He has an HTL degree in electrical engineering and over 30 years of industry experience at companies in Switzerland and abroad. He has worked for Swisscom since 2001 and was an Executive Board member for 12 years. Heinz Herren is a member of both Investment Committees, as well as of the decision-making body of the newly created Swiss Entrepreneur Fund.
He was Head of Marketing at Swisscom Fixnet Wholesale Services until 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he headed the SME division. From 2011 until 2018, he was the Head of the IT, Network & Infrastructure division, which builds, operates, and develops Swisscom's nationwide fixed-line and mobile communications infrastructure. The division is also responsible for the corresponding IT platforms and drives the migration the networks toward an integrated IT- and IP-based platform.
Thomas W. Jung studied economics at the University of St. Gallen. He received his master's degree in 1992 and went on to join what is now known as the Airbus Group in Munich, Hamburg, and Amsterdam.
In 1996, Mr. Jung acquired the Acutronic Group, which is based in Switzerland and the US. Acutronic is the world leader in the production of flight motion simulators used in the automotive, aerospace, and defense industry. He gave up his majority stake in 2015 as part of a succession solution and continues to focus on investments in the high-tech segment in Switzerland and abroad. Thomas W. Jung also develops real estate projects through his Olten-based firm, Giroud Olma AG.
Gabriela Kleiner is the legal owner and CEO of healthy & snacky ag. Since 2006, snacky has been the leading Swiss specialist for untreated snacks and drinks in the area of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).
After completing various education programs in the area of marketing and sales, as well as her MBA from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, Ms. Kleiner held a number of different management positions in the field of business development, mostly in the food industry.
From 1996 to 2004, she was a member of the executive board at Hiestand Interna-tional AG (today Aryzta) with a team of around 200 employees and responsibility for the evaluation, establishment, and development of new markets such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East, UK, and US. Ms. Kleiner was also a leading member and representative of the steering committee for the IPO of Hiestand, with responsibility for internationalization strategy.
Today, she also serves on the board of directors at other companies.
Martin Frischknecht has more than 20 years of investment banking experience with a strong track record in M&A, acquisition financing as well as debt and equity capital markets origination and successful executions.
He started his career at UBS in Group Planning in Zurich, moved to Global Trading and Sales, Risk Management, was hired by Donaldson, Lufkin & Jeanrette (DLJ) London into their European M&A Group and transferred to DLJ’s European Technology Investment Banking Group. When Credit Suisse First Boston acquired DLJ in 2000, Martin transferred to the Investment Banking Group in Zurich. He built up the Mid Market Investment Banking Group of Credit Suisse to the leading player in Switzerland. As Managing Director of Investment Banking Switzerland, Martin is currently responsible for a portfolio of important clients of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. and provides them with the broad range of investment banking services.
Martin holds a PhD in Economics from University of St.Gallen as well as a Masters in Finance Degree from London Business School. He is father of three children and lives in Wilen.
Anke Bridge Haux is Head Digitalization & Products and a Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. and the Swiss Universal Bank Management Committee. Digitalization & Products is responsible for the development of digital solutions for clients as well as the development of digital solutions and processes for the bank’s internal business operations.
In addition, Digitalization & Products is responsible for the development and management of Credit Suisse’s core banking solutions (accounts, cards, bundles, investment reporting) and lending offerings (mortgages and lombard).
Anke re-joined Credit Suisse back in 2011 and has held various management positions. Prior to that Anke spent six years at UBS in various roles within Wealth Management and Investment Banking.
She holds a Master in Finance and Economics from the University of St. Gallen and completed the General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School, Boston.
Michael Stemmle is an expert in digitalization of the financial industry. As founder and CEO of the Fintech company additiv AG providing technology for banking and insurance services with offices in Zurich, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong. His personal focus is on innovation management and business development.
Furthermore he is a private venture capital investor in next generation asset / wealth management and insurance companies.
Managing Partner of Polytech Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital firm based in Lausanne (EPFL) and Silicon Valley investing in digital start-up with a focus on FinTech and HealthTech. Guillaume is the founder of FUSION, Switzerland’s first FinTech accelerator based in Geneva. He previously co-founded Active Niche Funds SA, an investment firm specialized in the CleanTech sector.
Before-hand, he was responsible for various Venture Capital investment & advisory activities for Rothschild in Geneva. Guillaume has more than 15 years of experience in private equity and corporate finance and he started his career with Ernst & Young in Geneva and then moved to New York, where he worked as an M&A advisor on behalf of large US-based Private Equity funds.