Board of Directors

Board of Directors

ROLF U. SUTTER

ROLF U. SUTTER

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Rolf U. Sutter holds a bachelor degree from the Lausanne Hotel School and pursued a degree programme at Cornell University in Ithaca (USA). From 1981 to 1989 he held various positions at Railway Buffet, Zurich and Moevenpick Holiday Inn, Moevenpick Hotel and Moevenpick / Marché Schweiz. From 1989 to 1997 he served as Managing Director / CEO of Moevenpick / Marché International. From 1993, he was also a member of the Executive Board of Moevenpick Holding AG. During this time, he worked in Germany for three years, established several companies in several countries, opened and developed various restaurants in North America, Asia (with registered offices in Hong Kong and Singapore), the Middle East and Europe. From 1997 to 1999, he was Managing Director of all food service operations within the Moevenpick Group. After assuming the position of CEO of ORIOR in 1999, Rolf U. Sutter was elected Executive Board delegate to the Board of Directors. He resigned as ORIOR's CEO on 30 April 2011. The Board of Directors elected Rolf U. Sutter as its Chairman at the constituting meeting of the Board after the Annual General Meeting on 6 April 2011.

Other activities and functions:
Rolf U. Sutter is a member of the Board of Directors of Schweizer Getränke AG, Meilen.

WALTER LÜTHI

WALTER LÜTHI

Member of the Board of Directors

Walter Lüthi initially obtained a basic technical education and is a graduate of a college-level business management programme. From 1973 to 1978 he worked in research and development at Autophon AG, a specialist for telecommunications devices. From 1978 he was Senior Account Manager at Burroughs AG and in 1983 he joined Hawe-Neos Dental AG as Head of European Sales. In 1986 Walter Lüthi went into business for himself and in the following years established two companies active in the fields of consulting and electronic media. After their successful start-up he sold them and subsequently accepted a position as Executive Manager of the Swiss operations of ADIA Interim AG in Zurich. In 1992 he was retained by the Board of Directors of Intersport E+H Holding AG to turn the company around, after which he was elected to its board. In 1993 Walter Lüthi assumed the Chairmanship of Mühlebach Holding AG with a mandate to focus on modernising the group and setting up new business areas. In 1998 he established Success Factory AG and has been engaged as a professional investor and as a professional director. In the ensuing years he has advised Swisscom AG on strategic issues and he managed Betty Bossi AG as CEO from 2000 to 2015, where he played a crucial role in the very successful development of the Betty Bossi brand.

Other activities and functions:
Walter Lüthi is the owner and Chairman of Success Factory AG, Lucerne, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Artum AG, Zurich, a member of the Board of Directors of Büro Schoch Werkhaus AG, Winterthur, a member of the Board of Directors of Alipro AG, Hittnau, a member of the Board of Directors of Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG, Gstaad, a member of the Board of Trustees of SOS Kinderdorf, Bern, and a member of the Advisory Board of Isolutions AG, Bern.

MARKUS R. NEUHAUS

MARKUS R. NEUHAUS

Member of the Board of Directors

Markus R. Neuhaus holds licentiate and doctorate degrees in law from the University of Zurich, is a Swiss Certified Tax Expert and completed several executive leadership and management programs at Harvard University, the INSEAD Business School and the IMD Business School, and while working at PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) he began his professional career in the Tax Division of PwC Switzerland in 1985, where he was initially employed as a tax advisor and later as the head of PwC’s Tax and Legal Services unit in Switzerland. In 1992 Markus R. Neuhaus was named Tax Advisory Partner and he has subsequently held various positions at PwC Switzerland and PwC Global. He ultimately served as CEO of PwC Switzerland for nine years, overseeing all of the company’s operations in the country. He also held various international roles within the PwC network: listed chronologically, these were member of the Global Board of PwC; Senior Partner, PwC Continental Europe, member of the Global Executive Team and member of the Office of the Global Chairman. From 2012 until June 2019 Markus R. Neuhaus chaired the Board of Directors of PwC Switzerland and served on the Supervisory Board of PwC Europe.

Other activities and functions:
Markus R. Neuhaus is a member of the Board of Directors of Barry Callebaut AG, Zurich, member of the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding AG, Basel, member of the Board of Directors of Galenica AG, Berne, member of the Board of Directors of Jacobs Holding AG, Zurich, Chairman of the Finance and Taxation Committee of Economiesuisse, Zurich, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse, Zurich, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce, Zurich, member of the Board of Trustees of the NPO stars – for leaders of the next generation as well as member of the Board of Trustees of ETH Foundation.

MONIKA SCHÜPBACH

MONIKA SCHÜPBACH

Member of the Board of Directors

Monika Schüpbach holds a business administration diploma accredited by the Business-School Switzerland. Before joining Steigenberger Hotel Group in 1991, Monika Schüpbach held various positions in the hotel industry, such as executive assistant and reception manager in Gstaad and Adelboden. From 1991 she was the HR and Administrative Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Gstaad-Saanen and was promoted to Deputy Managing Director four years later. In 1999 she transferred to Steigenberger Hotels AG in Zurich as Deputy Managing Director and Head of Accounting and Controlling. In 2004 she was named Commercial Director of Steigenberger Flughafen Gastronomie in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she was in charge of restructuring the unit’s administrative operations, optimising its operating performance and overhauling its IT system. In 2005 Monika Schüpbach was named Delegate to the Board of Directors of Steigenberger Hotels AG and successfully managed the company as CEO for almost a decade. In 2014 she established her own consultancy, T2 Think twice Consulting by Monika Schüpbach, with a focus on strategy, process and organisational development in the hotel, food service and tourism industries.

Other activities and functions:
Monika Schüpbach is a Delegate of the Board of Directors of Steigenberger Hotels Aktiengesellschaft.

MARKUS VÖGELI

MARKUS VÖGELI

Member of the Board of Directors

Markus Vögeli holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Zurich. Upon graduation, he managed controlling operations at Swissair’s Department Europe 1 and in 1991 assumed the position of Project Manager at Swissair Beteiligungen AG. From 1993 to 1995, he managed Gate Gourmet’s international projects for strategic business development and later joined Icarus Consulting as a partner and deputy managing director. In 1996 he assumed the position of CFO of Nuance Global Traders in Sydney, which, at that time, operated about 60 tax and duty-free shops in Australia and New Zealand. After overseeing its successful financial turnaround, Markus Vögeli was retained by Swissôtel Group to establish its global corporate finance organisation and manage its in-house property management company in 1998. In 2001 he joined the start-up MediCentrix AG as CFO and assumed overall executive responsibility for the company two years later and guided the fast-growing company into the profit zone. From 2004 he served as CFO of Valora Management AG for approximately four years. Markus Vögeli supported the industrial company Rieter Management AG during the 2008/2009 financial crisis in financial issues and managed restructuring projects. From 2009 to 2017, he worked for Charles Vögele Trading AG, initially as CFO and from 2012 on as CEO, guiding the company through a process of restructuring, realignment and M&A. In 2018 Markus Vögeli established his own advisory company LMV Services GmbH, with a focus on business consulting. Since July 2019 he also acts as Director Finance and Services at the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich (PUK).

Other activities and functions:
Markus Vögeli is a member of the Board of Directors of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG, Bad Ragaz.

MONIKA WALSER

MONIKA WALSER

Member of the Board of Directors

Monika Walser holds a master degree in rhetoric and technical communications from the University of Michigan (USA) and other educational credentials. In the years prior to 2000 she was mainly active in the field of marketing and sales. From 2000 to 2004 she served as Chief Communication Officer and a Member of the Executive Board of TDC Switzerland AG (Sunrise). From 2005 to 2009 she was Head of Communications and Human Resources as well as Deputy CEO of Swissgrid AG and, from 2006 onward, concurrently Head of Communications and Political Affairs at UCTE, the Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity, in Brussels. Since 2009 she has been a partner at WAEGA-Group AG, Zurich, in which capacity she was CEO of the Swiss bag and accessories maker Freitag lab AG, Zurich, until January 2014. In spring 2014 she became CEO and Delegate to the Board of Directors of de Sede AG.

Other activities and functions:
Monika Walser is delegate and member of the Board of Directors of de Sede AG, Klingnau, and of its sister company Ligno AG, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of its sister company Oelpool AG, which are all affiliates of Volare Group AG. In addition she is a member of the Board of Directors of Sanitas Beteiligungen AG and of Sanitas Stiftung, Zürich, a member of the Board of Directors of Zoo Zürich AG, Zurich, and a member of the Board of Directors of Greater Zurich Area AG, Zurich.

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