Group Executive Board

Chaired by Group CEO Urs Breitmeier, the Group Executive Board comprises the five CEOs of the operating divisions Space, Aerostructures, Aviation, Ammotec and Defence, plus the heads of the support functions Finance & Controlling, Human Resources and Legal & Secretary General....

Urs Breitmeier

born 1963, Switzerland
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2006

Year after year, RUAG continues to consolidate its position as an internationally competitive group with core competencies in aerospace and defence. International growth and the combination of civil and military use of applications are becoming ever more important. RUAG thus provides its customers and partners with highly efficient, technologically advanced services with significant efficiency benefits.

Education
Degree in Physics and in Mechanical Engineering; MBA sunY/ Albany

Career
CEO of RUAG Division Defence and member of the Group Executive Board; Head of Sales, Marketing and System Management as well as Member of the Executive Board of RUAG Land System Inc. (today RUAG Defence); Consultant in Strategy, Process and Project management, Malik Management Centre St. Gallen; Member of the Executive Board and Manager of Development, Marketing and Sales, Calotron Inc.; Technical Manager, Lonza Inc.

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Urs Breitmeier

CEO RUAG Group
Chairman of the Group Executive Board

Dr. Peter Guggenbach

born 1962, Switzerland
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2009

With a broad-based portfolio of products and subsystems for satellites and launch vehicles, RUAG Space is the leading independent supplier of space products in Europe.

Education
Dr. sc.techn.; Dipl. Ing. HTL/ETH, EMBA IMD

Career
Different positions in the industry, amongst others Manager ABB Local Division Automation Products; Manager ABB Power Electronics and Medium Voltage Drives; Manager ABB High Power Converters; Project Manager Bosch Scintilla Inc.; Project Manager Mitsubishi Ltd. Japan. 

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Dr. Peter Guggenbach

CEO Division Space
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr. Alexander Toussaint

born 1967, Germany
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2015

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.

Education
Dipl. Ing. in mechanical engineering, Technische Universität München
Dr. Ing., Technische Universität München

Career
Managing Director at Hutchinson Aerospace GmbH (subsidiary of TOTAL / Hutchinson Group); Head of Production Center Components at Airbus Helicopters; Principal and Interim Manager at corporate consultants DROEGE & Comp. GmbH, Project Manager at the engineering company Entwicklungsgesellschaft für Umformtechnik mbH (eug)

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Dr. Alexander Toussaint

CEO Division Aerostructures
Member of the Group Executive Board

Philipp M. Berner

born 1966, Switzerland
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2010 

The combination of military and civil aircraft and component MRO enables economies of scale and international market differentiation as a life-cycle support enterprise. 

Education
Master Degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen (lic.oec.HSG)

Career
20 years of experience in international Aerospace businesses, notably as Member of the Executive Board and Head of the Military Aviation Business Unit at RUAG Aerospace, Member of the Executive Board and Head of the Business Unit Supply Chain Management at RUAG Aerospace, member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Board of HTS Inc.

Other appointments
Member of the board of the Swiss Aerospace Industry Group
Member of the board of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce Chapter US Business 

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Philipp M. Berner

CEO Division Aviation
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.

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

Career
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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Christoph_M_Eisenhardt_CEO_RUAG_Ammotec

CEO Division Ammotec
Member of the Group Executive Board

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.

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

Career
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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Urs Kiener

Chief Financial Officer
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.

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

Career
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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Dr. Christian Ferber

Chief Human Resource Officer
Member of the Group Executive Board