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17/11/2023 | 07:00 CET | Company announcement

Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR

Gilbert Achermann to be nominated as a new member  of the Sonova Board of Directors

Stäfa (Switzerland), November 17, 2023– Sonova Holding AG, a leading provider of hearing solutions, announces that its Board of Directors will nominate Gilbert Achermann for election as a new independent Board member at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June 2024. As part of its medium-term succession planning, the Board of Directors made clear its intention that Gilbert Achermann will be nominated to succeed the current Chair, Robert Spoerry, at the 2025 AGM.

Gilbert Achermann (born in 1964, Swiss citizen) currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Straumann Group, a global leader in the dental industry. Having held this position since 2010, he will step down at the Straumann Group AGM in April 2024. Prior to this, he served highly successfully as the Straumann Group’s CFO and later CEO for over 12 years. In 2020, Mr. Achermann became a member, and in 2022 the Chair, of the Board of Directors of Ypsomed Group, a manufacturer of injection and infusion systems. He has also served since 2012 on the Board of Directors of Julius Baer Group, from which he will step down in 2024. Mr. Achermann holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Science in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and completed the Executive MBA program at the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Robert Spoerry, Chair of the Board of Directors of Sonova Holding AG, stated: “I am very pleased that the Board of Directors has found in Gilbert a candidate ideally suited to succeed me as Chair when I retire at the 2025 AGM. I am convinced that with his broad international experience, his deep understanding of the MedTech industry, his successful track record as CEO, and his long-standing work as Chair of the Board of Directors at various companies, he will be able to contribute significantly to the future growth of Sonova. The succession plan that we have established provides the time and support to help Gilbert prepare diligently for his future role.”

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