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Management Board

According to the Organizational Regulations of Sonova, the Management Board consists of at least four, and additional members according to the corporate needs. The Management Board is appointed by the Board of Directors, as recommended by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). It prepares for, and later executes, the decisions made by the Board of Directors.

The Management Board is responsible for the operational business of the company.

Arnd Kaldowski
Arnd Kaldowski - COO Sonova Group
Position: 
CEO
Nationality: 
Germany
Born: 
1967
First election: 
October 2017
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Biography

Arnd Kaldowski (born 1967, German citizen) joined the Sonova Group in October 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and became CEO as of April 1, 2018. He joined Sonova from Danaher Corporation, where he served in various leadership capacities since 2008, most recently as Group Executive of the Diagnostics Platform and President Beckman Coulter Diagnostics. Arnd Kaldowski led significant sales growth, innovation and productivity initiatives. He also brings significant experience and a successful track record in M&A, commercial excellence and new product introduction which he gained in the course of his career at Danaher, as SVP Point-of-Care Solutions at Siemens Medical, following his previous assignments as Investment Director of Atila Ventures and as a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group.

Arnd Kaldowski holds a Master of Science in Physics from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Holdings as per 31.3.20181)

  • Shares2): 6,599
  • Performance Share Units: 4,109
  • Restricted Share Units: –
  • Options: 86,543

 

1) Member of the Management Board since October 1, 2017.
2) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Hartwig Grevener
Position: 
CFO
Nationality: 
Germany
Born: 
1966
First election: 
August 2012
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Biography

Hartwig Grevener (born 1966, German citizen) joined the Sonova Group as CFO in August 2012. Before joining the company, he was Group CFO of Jet Aviation, a business group of General Dynamics. From 2001 to 2006 Hartwig Grevener was CFO for the European operations of Gate Gourmet, one of the leading global airline catering firms. His previous professional experience includes positions at Hapag-Lloyd, a German logistics group, A.T. Kearney management consultants, and BMW.

Hartwig Grevener holds a Diploma in business administration and mechanical engineering from the TU University of Berlin (1991) as well as a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (1994).

Holdings as per 31.3.2018

  • Shares1): 5,209
  • Performance Share Units: 1,854
  • Restricted Share Units: 4,431
  • Options: 61,680

1) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Claude Diversi
Position: 
GVP Hearing Instruments Wholesale
Nationality: 
France/Italy
Born: 
1964
First election: 
May 2012
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Biography

Claude Diversi (born 1964, French and Italian citizen) joined the Sonova Group in March 2005 as Managing Director of Phonak France. He was appointed Group Vice President Hearing Instruments Wholesale in April 2016. Before, he was Vice President Hearing Instruments Phonak Wholesale for the Region Europe and South America from May 2012 until March 2016. Claude Diversi has an extensive track record as a sales executive with a broad experience in all disciplines of sales, including reporting, sales force management, and executing trade marketing strategies. Prior to joining Phonak, he worked in sales management positions in companies such as British American Tobacco, Dowbrands & Melitta Europe, Pillsbury, and Kraft Foods France.

Claude Diversi majored in international business at the University of Paris Descartes in France.

Holdings as per 31.3.2018

  • Shares1): 2,250
  • Performance Share Units: 1,854
  • Restricted Share Units: 3,971
  • Options: 36,207

1) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Victoria E. Carr-Brendel
Position: 
GVP Cochlear Implants
Nationality: 
USA
Born: 
1964
First election: 
April 2019
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Biography

Victoria Carr-Brendel (born 1964, US citizen) was appointed Group Vice President Cochlear Implants and President of Advanced Bionics in April 2019.

She is an accomplished medical device executive with vast experience across several therapeutic areas, in both 510K and PMA devices. She started her career as a scientist in research and development, and took on increasingly larger business and management roles throughout her career. Before joining Sonova, she worked for JenaValve Technology Inc., a global and innovative transcatheter heart valve company, where she became CEO in mid-2015.

Victoria Carr-Brendel holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Holdings as per 31.3.2018

  • Shares1): 0
  • Performance Share Units: 0
  • Restricted Share Units: 0
  • Options: 0

1) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Christophe Fond
Position: 
GVP Audiological Care
Nationality: 
France
Born: 
1966
First election: 
February 2017
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Biography

Christophe Fond (born 1966, French citizen) joined the Sonova Group in February 2017 as Group Vice President Audiological Care. Most recently he held the role of President Latin America and was a member of the Executive Board at  GrandVision, a global leader in optical retailing. In the course of his career he gained extensive experience in global retail management, leading transformational growth of large-scale retail enterprises, including acquisitions, mergers, and integrations.

Prior to joining GrandVision he held various roles of international responsibility at Pearle, Bata, and FNAC.

Christophe Fond received a Master of Business Administration from IMD-Switzerland and graduated from the Superior School of Military Engineering (ESAG) in France.

Holdings as per 31.3.20181)

  • Shares: –
  • Performance Share Units: 1,896
  • Restricted Share Units: 1,790
  • Options: 24,078

1) Member of the Management Board since January 23, 2017. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Martin Grieder
Position: 
GVP Hearing Instruments Marketing
Nationality: 
Switzerland/UK
Born: 
1965
First election: 
August 2014
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Biography

Martin Grieder (born 1965, Swiss and British citizen) has been Group Vice President Phonak since August 2014 and was appointed Group Vice President Hearing Instruments Marketing in September 2016. He joined Sonova from Nestlé, where he was Vice President and Global Head of Nestlé BabyNes. Martin Grieder joined Nestlé in 1992 and brings over 20 years of experience in senior management roles within the company. His diversified cross-functional work experience in 18 countries ranges from leading the global Nespresso professional division to managing Nestlé Nespresso North America. Further senior roles at Nestlé include Vice President, Head of Finance for the Americas and Head Nestlé Group Audit as well as R&D Head for Food&Beverage systems solutions for the Nestlé Group.

Martin Grieder received a Master of Business Administration degree from IMD-Switzerland and a Bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Applied Science and Arts (FHNW) in Basel.

Holdings as per 31.3.2018

  • Shares1): 2,000
  • Performance Share Units:1,854
  • Restricted Share Units: 3,980
  • Options: 36,714

1) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Claudio Bartesaghi
Claudio Bartesaghi - Group Vice President Corporate HRM
Position: 
GVP Corporate HRM & Communications
Nationality: 
Switzerland
Born: 
1973
First election: 
October 2017
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Biography

Claudio Bartesaghi (born in 1973, Swiss citizen) was appointed Group Vice President Corporate Human Resources Management (HRM) & Communications of Sonova in October 2017. He gained international experience in his long-time career at Sonova not least in his positions as Head of HRM & Organizational Development of Sonova North America, based in the US, and as Head of HRM Sonova APAC, based in Singapore. Before joining Sonova in 2010, Claudio Bartesaghi was Deputy Head of HRM at Jelmoli Holding AG in Zürich.

Claudio Bartesaghi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and a Master of Advanced Studies in HRM from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).

Holdings as per 31.3.20181)

  • Shares2): 1,032
  • Performance Share Units: 872
  • Restricted Share Units: 718
  • Options: 8,661

1) Member of the Management Board since October 1, 2017.
2) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Ludger Althoff
Position: 
GVP Operations
Nationality: 
Germany
Born: 
1964
First election: 
April 2019
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Biography

Ludger Althoff (born 1964, German citizen) joined the Sonova Group in January 2019 as Vice President (VP) Operations and became Group Vice President Operations as of April 1, 2019.

Before joining the company, he was Senior VP Quality and Operations at ABB Power Grids where he held functional responsibility for all factories and engineering centers of the business. Before that, he held various key operation leadership positions within the Danaher Corporation, including the role of VP Global Operations of Danaher’s Dental Group and the role of VP Global Operations of Leica Microsystems. Ludger Althoff brings with him over 25 years of international management experience in operations, global sourcing and logistics as well as continuous improvement.

Ludger Althoff completed his education at the Technical School City of Mönchengladbach and the European Organization of Quality (EOQ) to become certified Quality Manager and Quality Professional.

Holdings as per 31.3.2018

  • Shares1): 0
  • Performance Share Units: 0
  • Restricted Share Units: 0
  • Options: 0

1) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.

Andi Vonlanthen
Position: 
GVP Research & Development
Nationality: 
Switzerland
Born: 
1961
First election: 
April 2012
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Biography

Andi Vonlanthen (born 1961, Swiss citizen) has been Group Vice President Research&Development since April 2012. He started his professional career at Phonak in 1984 in the area of product development, where he contributed  significantly to a large number of technological innovations and product launches. As one of many innovations, he developed the first ever multi-microphone system for hearing instruments, which revolutionized the entire industry. From 2002 to 2004, he was Vice President R&D at Unitron. As of 2004 he was responsible for the Group System Integration function.

Andi Vonlanthen received a degree in electronic engineering at the School of Engineering (HTL) Brugg Windisch, Switzerland in 1984.

Holdings as per 31.3.2018

  • Shares1): 15,161
  • Performance Share Unit: 1,854
  • Restricted Share Units: 4,431
  • Options: 66,231

1) Shares are dividend entitled with full voting rights. For further details see also Note 30 in the consolidated financial statements.