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
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

Cyril Kubelka

born 1963, Austria
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2004

Focusing on research and development for top-quality pyrotechnical specialty products for hunting and sport, law enforcement, the military and industrial applications is opening new market niches worldwide and secures our market leader position in Europe.

Education
Senior Executive Program, Columbia University of New York; Business Administration (Mag.rer.soc.oec. degree) from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria; Professional Singing at Vienna University of Music and the Performing Arts, Austria.

Career
General Manager of Dynamit Nobel Ammotec Ltd.; Deputy General Manager of Tego Chemie Service GmbH, Germany; Head of Marketing and Sales, BASF, Germany; Business consulting EFS Ltd., Austria.

Other appointments
General Manager of RUAG Ammotec in Germany and Switzerland; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RUAG Ammotec companies in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Hungary, Sweden, UK and USA; Member of the Executive Board of Nitrochemie, Germany and Switzerland; Member of the Executive Board of RUAG Space, Sweden; Member of the Executive Board of RUAG Aviation in Malaysia; Member of the Board of Directors and head of the strategic committee of AFEMS (European association of Ammunition producers), Brussels.

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Cyril Kubelka

CEO Division Ammotec
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr. Markus A. Zoller

born 1968, Switzerland
Member of the Group Executive Board since 2013

The aim is to use innovative products along with integrated and project-specific expertise as well as excellent services to capture suitable market niches in the area of military applications worldwide. In the future, RUAG Defence also wants to achieve this systematically in the civil sector.

Qualifications
Degree in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich
Doctorate in business administration and marketing from the University of St. Gallen

Career
Many years of experience as a project director, management board member and CEO for major international business units of technology companies, including ABB, Alstom, Continental and Siemens. 
Markus Zoller latterly worked as an independent entrepreneur, and managed and developed a number of SMEs.

Other appoinments
President of the Association for the certification for persons in management (VZPM).
Member of the executive board of the Swiss association for organization and management (SGO)
Member of the extended board of the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC)
Permanent lecturing engagements at ETH Zurich, the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ), the SGO Business School and the Swiss institute of business economics.

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Dr. Markus Zoller

CEO Division  Defence
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

Dr. Patrick Grawehr

born 1964, Switzerland
Member of the Extended Management Board since 2014

In its capacity as business partner, Corporate Legal and Compliance advises RUAG business units in all legal and compliance matters. We generate corporate added value by minimizing legal risks, exploiting contractual opportunities and complying with laws and rules of conduct. Our core competencies also include cultivating contacts with the shareholders.

Qualifications
Admitted to the bar
Master of Laws, University of Melbourne (AUS)
Dr. iur. HSG, University of St. Gallen
Lic. iur. University of Fribourg

Career milestones
Chief of Staff and member of the Executive Committee of Kaba Group; various positions in the Ascom Group, latterly as General Counsel of Ascom Holding AG; Legal Counsel/Director Contracts & Negotiations at Affiliated Computer Services and at IBM; associate lawyer on the legal staff of the Aargau cantonal council

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Dr. Patrick Grawehr

General Counsel
Member of the Group Executive Board