Board of Directors

Responsibility for the strategic management of the Company, supervision of the Executive Management Board and financial control.

The Board of Directors reviews the Company’s objectives and identifies opportunities and risks.It also decides on the appointment of the CEO and the members of the Executive Management Board. The Board of Directors meets at least four times a year and as often as business requires.

Members of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Straumann Holding AG consists of six non-executive members who are elected individually by the Shareholders' General Meeting for a term of one year, with re-election permitted and not limited.

Gilbert Achermann
Swiss (born 1964)
Chair of the Board of Directors

Curriculum Vitae

Gilbert Achermann holds various mandates in privately-owned and publicly-listed companies across a range of industries, including banking, consumer goods, medical devices, pharma services and retail.

In addition to his role as Chairman of Straumann, his activities in 2015 included Board membership at the private bank Julius Baer Group, and Chairman & Co-CEO of the Vitra/Vitrashop Group, a family-owned furniture and retail company.

In previous years, he served as Chairman of the Siegfried Group, a listed pharma service company, and Vice Chairman of the Moser Group, a privately owned luxury watchmaking company. From 2002 to 2010, he was CEO at Straumann, which he joined as CFO in 1998.

Gilbert Achermann started his professional life at UBS in Investment Banking in 1988, working in Switzerland, New York, London and Frankfurt. He holds an Executive MBA from IMD in Lausanne and a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Gallen.

He has been a Member of Straumann’s Board of Directors since 2009 and was appointed Chairman in 2010.

Gilbert Achermann has been a major contributor to the Company’s past success. He represents continuity, stability and credibility among the various stakeholders. The Board benefits from his extensive knowledge of the dental industry, his broad functional, regional and managerial expertise, and the extensive experience and insight he gains from directorships in other industries.

Dr h.c. Thomas Straumann
Swiss (born 1963)
Vice Chair of the Board
Member of the Compensation Committee

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas Straumann’s skills in precision engineering were complemented by his studies at the Basel Management School and the Management and Commercial School of Baselland. In 1990, he was responsible for restructuring Institut Straumann AG and was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors until 1994. He was Chairman of the Board of Straumann Holding AG until 2002. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Thomas Straumann is the principal shareholder of Straumann Holding AG; he has been a Member of its Board of Directors since 1990.

He complements the Board with his understanding of the dental and medical device industries through personal management experience and various shareholdings. Having built up several companies, in which he is still involved, he is a true entrepreneur and has a diverse portfolio of interests, including not-for-profit activities.

Dr Sebastian Burckhardt
Swiss (born 1954)
Member of the Audit Committee
Secretary of the Board

Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian Burckhardt began his studies in the fields of economics and law and obtained his doctorate law degree at the University of Basel. He is a lawyer admitted to the Bar of Switzerland and a civil law notary in Basel. He was admitted to the New York Bar following studies at New York University School of Law. He is a partner at Vischer AG law firm in Basel.

Sebastian Burckhardt has been a member of the Board of Directors of Straumann since 2002.

Straumann’s Board of Directors benefits from Dr Burckhardt’s expertise as an independent lawyer. He is a specialist in corporate and commercial law and in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, distribution and technology agreements. His knowledge extends well beyond legal matters and includes many years’ experience on corporate boards.

Roland Hess
Swiss (born 1951)
Chairman of the Audit Committee

Curriculum Vitae

From 2008 until 2012, Roland Hess served as senior advisor to the Executive Committee of the Board of Schindler Holding AG, Ebikon, and held positions on several Boards of Directors for companies within the Schindler Group. He joined Schindler in 1984 and rose through positions of increasing responsibility in controlling, finance and regional management to become President of the Elevator and Escalator Division. From 1971 to 1984, he worked for Nestlé, initially in accounting, then as an international auditor, and finally as Chief Financial Officer of a Group company.

His career includes several years in North and Latin America, in addition to assignments in Europe. He holds a degree in business administration from Lucerne Business School and studied at Harvard Business School near Boston.

Roland Hess has been a member of the Board of Directors of Straumann since 2010.

He has a long and distinguished track record in larger companies in more mature industries, combined with in-depth regional and functional experience. In addition, he complements the Board with expertise in compliance, risk management and standardized global procedures.

Ulrich Looser
Swiss (born 1957)
Chairman of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Audit Committee

Curriculum Vitae

Ulrich Looser is a partner of BLR & Partners AG. From 2001 to 2009, he was with Accenture Ltd, where he became Chairman of its Swiss affiliate (2005) and Managing Director of the Products Business in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Earlier, he spent six years as a partner at McKinsey & Company Ltd. Mr Looser graduated in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, and in economics at the University of St. Gallen.

Ulrich Looser has been a member of the Board of Directors of Straumann since 2010.

His expertise in strategy, project and human capital management is of great value to the Straumann Board. He also adds in-depth consultancy and business development experience.


Dr Beat Lüthi
Swiss (born 1962)
Member of the Compensation Committee

Curriculum Vitae

Beat Lüthi is CEO and co-owner of CTC Analytics AG, Zwingen, a globally active medium-sized Swiss company in the field of chromatography automation. After obtaining his PhD in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, he began his career with Zellweger Uster AG, a leading manufacturer of quality control equipment in textile production. In 1990, he moved to Mettler-Toledo International Inc and rose to the position of General Manager of the Swiss affiliate. In 1994, he completed an executive program at INSEAD and subsequently joined the Feintool Group in 1998. During his four-year tenure as CEO, the company went public and doubled in size. In 2003, he returned to Mettler-Toledo as CEO of the Laboratory Division. At the end of 2007, he joined CTC Analytics to lead and further develop the company as an entrepreneur. Under his lead, the company more than tripled its number of employees.

Beat Lüthi has been a member of the Board of Directors of Straumann since 2010.

Beat Lüthi combines entrepreneurship and corporate experience in different industries, which make him a valuable contributor to strategic and operational matters. His scientific background together with his experience as acting CEO and Board member in various industrial businesses are of further benefit to the Straumann Board.

Committees of the Board of Directors

From the 2014 AGM onwards, the Board has two permanent Committees (i.e. the Audit and the Compensation Committee) which meet several times during the year. Matters relating to strategy, innovation and products/services will be discussed by the full Board, obviating the need for a separate committee. The Strategy Committee will therefore cease to convene.