Group Executive Board

The Group Executive Board comprises the leaders of the operating businesses, plus the heads of the support functions Finance & Controlling, Human Resources and Legal & Secretary General....

Urs Kiener

born 1965, Swiss national
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2002

Finance & Controlling defines benchmarks and key figures to manage the activities of the RUAG Group in accordance with the provisions of the Group strategy. The main focus is on professional risk management, efficient cash management, financial discipline and transparency, and clarity and openness in communication. Corporate Procurement standardizes and optimizes procurement processes throughout the RUAG Group.

Group Risk Management supports RUAG's internationalization with the implementation of a company-wide risk management process, assessments and tools.

RUAG Real Estate is the centre of expertise for managing RUAG’s real estate assets internationally. The main tasks of RUAG Real Estate are to improve the return on investment, increase the value of RUAG’s considerable real estate portfolio and to acquire, plan, develop and manage production areas and infrastructure for the divisions and their business units. RUAG Environment recycles electrical and electronic appliances and is a specialist in industrial waste disposal.

Diploma from the Business School of the Berne University of Applied Sciences; Master of Corporate Finance, IFZ Zug.

Various positions in finance, controlling, accounting, including as Head of Finance and Accounting at RUAG Holding Ltd. and Head of Corporate Controlling, Valora Group.

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CEO ad int. /Chief Financial Officer
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dirk Prehn

born 1968, Germany 
Group Executive Board member since 2018

RUAG Aerostructures specializes in aircraft structural components. Key focal points are the development, production and final assembly of complete passenger aircraft fuselage sections, wing and control surface components as well as sophisticated component assemblies and parts for civil and military aircraft. As "Quality Gate", the division is responsible for the global fuselage section supply chain for aircraft manufacturers.


Graduate engineer / Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering
Ruhr-Universität Bochum / ESKOM South Africa


Senior VP Programs & Sales at RUAG Aerostructures 
Vice President Sales & Marketing at Premium AEROTEC GmbH
Head of Sales & New Programs; Head of A350 Program Management EADS – Military Air Systems in Augsburg


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EVP Aerostructures
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr. Christian Ferber

born 1965, Switzerland
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2012  

Corporate Human Resources is a strategic business partner to the divisions. Its main areas of focus are ensuring that RUAG is erceived as an attractive employer, developing a corporate culture centred on the needs of the market and customers, fostering and developing the skills of employees and managers, and engaging in dialogue with internal employee representatives and social partners.

Doctorate in Law, University of Zurich
Swiss federal diploma in human resources management

Leading positions in Human Resources at the District Court of Zurich, Ford Motor Company (Switzerland) SA, Coca-Cola Beverages (Switzerland) AG and Sunrise Communications AG. 

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Chief Human Resource Officer
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr. Judith Bischof

General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors
born 1974, Switzerland
Group Executive Board member since 2018

As a business partner, Corporate Legal and Compliance advises the RUAG business units on all legal and compliance matters. It generates corporate added value by minimising legal risks, seizing contractual opportunities and ensuring compliance with laws and rules of conduct.


Executive MBA University of St.Gallen (HSG)
Master of International Business and Law, University of Sydney
Admitted to the bar in the Canton of Zurich
Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.) University of Zurich
Master’s Degree (Lic. iur.) University of Zurich


General Counsel and Member of the Executive Committee of Ascom Holding AG
Lawyer at Lenz & Staehelin firm
Foreign Associate at Covington & Burling LLP
Legal Clerk at Zurich District Court

Other appointments

Member of the Swissmem Judicial Commission


General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors
Member of the Group Executive Board

Christoph M. Eisenhardt

born 1968, Switzerland/Germany
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2017

RUAG Ammotec focuses its research and development activities on top-quality pyrotechnical specialty products for hunting and sport, law enforcement, the military and industrial applications. This opens up new market niches worldwide and secures our market leader position in Europe.

Economics at the University of St. Gallen (lic.oec.HSG)

Many years of experience managing industrial companies with an international reach; previous positions include CEO of VOLEX plc (UK), CEO of KVT-Fastening AG (Switzerland) and CEO of Viterra Sicherheit & Service GmbH (Germany). Also divisional head of Siemens Building Technologies AG (Switzerland) and Continental AG (Germany).

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CEO Division Ammotec
Member of the Group Executive Board