Board of Directors

The board of directors of Bühler AG and Bühler Holding AG has eight members.
They are elected for a three-year term of office. The age limit is 70 years.

Calvin Grieder
(1955, Switzerland)

After being raised in the USA, Calvin Grieder graduated in Process Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). He then held various management positions in Swiss and German companies (Georg Fischer, Bürkert, Mikron, and SIG) in the fields of measurement and control, automation and engineering. In these functions, he was primarily responsible for successfully esta- blishing and ­expanding international businesses. In 2001, Calvin Grieder moved from Swisscom to Bühler Group as CEO. In February 2014, he was elected in addition as Chairman of the Board of Directors. As of June 30, 2016, Calvin Grieder handed over the CEO function to Stefan Scheiber and remains as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, he is Vice Chairman of the Boards of Givaudan SA and Implenia AG, as well as Member of the Förderstiftung Avenir Suisse. Calvin Grieder was born in 1955 and is Swiss.

Frank N.J. Braeken
(1960, Belgium)
Member of Board

Frank N. J. Braeken graduated with a degree in Law and holds an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He is an alumnus of the Wharton Executive Program, Penn University (Philadelphia, USA). In his professional career, he specialized in finance and in general management. From 1996 to 2013, he held various management functions in different countries for Unilever, including a position as Group Vice President of Unilever China (Shanghai), Executive Vice President of Unilever Namca (Dubai), and Executive Vice President of Unilever Africa (Dubai / Durban). Subsequent to leaving Unilever, Frank N. J. Braeken has acted as investment advisor and investor for large-scale agro and food enterprises on the African continent. In 2016, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Feronia Inc, a Toronto-listed palm oil producer on the African continent. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Bühler in 2014. Frank Braeken was born in 1960 and is Belgian.

Clemens Blum
(1955, Germany)
Member of Board

Clemens Blum holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Furt- wangen University (Germany) and Business Management from Pforzheim University (Germany). After holding various positions in sales in different companies, he joined the Swiss Industrial Group (SIG) as Sales Director of SIG Positec Automation in 1992 and was nominated General Manager in 1997. In 2000, Schneider Electric acquired the SIG Positec activities from SIG, and Clemens Blum then held various leading positions within the Schneider Electric Group. As of July 2010, he is Executive Vice President of the Industry Business located in Foxbo- rough (Massachusetts / USA). Furthermore, he is a member of the Presiding Committee and Chairman of the working Group Information and Communication of the IBC International Business Congress e.V. Berlin. Clemens Blum was elected as a Member of the Board of Bühler in December 2015. Clemens Blum was born in 1955 and is German.

Dr. Konrad Hummler
(1953, Switzerland)
Member of Board

Konrad Hummler graduated in Law from the University of Zurich and in Economic Science from the US University of Rochester. In the eighties, he acted as the personal assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of former UBS, Dr. Robert Holzach. From 1991 to 2012, he was Managing Partner with unlimited liability of Wegelin  &  Co. Private Bankers (St. Gallen). In addition to his bank activities, he was a member of the board of various companies, including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Swiss National Bank (SNB), or the German Stock Exchange. Since 2013, Konrad Hummler has headed M1 AG, a private think tank dealing with strategic issues of current interest. Konrad Hummler was appointed as a Member of the Board of Bühler in 2010 and as a Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee in 2016. He is strongly committed to cultural and social projects. Konrad Hummler was born in 1953 and is Swiss.

Josef M. Müller
(1947, Switzerland)
Member of Board

Josef M. Müller holds a degree in Business Administration. He joined the Nestlé Group in 1972, with subsequent assignments in Switzerland, Europe, the USA, and South Africa. He then spent several years as a Sales and Marketing Manager in the Far East. From 1992 to 1995, he headed Nestlé Pakistan and from 1995 to 1998 Nestlé Korea. In mid-1998, Josef M. Müller took charge of Nestlé China, and from mid-2000 to 2007 of the Nestlé Greater China Region. Josef M. Müller has been a Member of the Board of Bühler since 2007. He has served as President of Promarca, the Swiss Association of Branded Goods (Schweizerischer Markenartikelverband) since 2010. He is also a member of the board of Crown Holdings Inc. (Philadelphia / USA) and of Packages Ltd. (Lahore / Pakistan). Josef Müller was born in 1947 and is Swiss.

Ruth Metzler-Arnold
(1964, Switzerland)
Member of Board

Ruth Metzler studied Law at the University of Freiburg i. Ue. and is a Federally Certified Auditor. From 1990 to 1999, she was active for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in St. Gallen. In addition, she was a member of the Cantonal Government of Appenzell IR (Director of Finance) during three years. From 1999 to 2003, she headed the Federal Department of Justice and Police as Swiss Federal Councilor. Ruth Metzler then held leading positions at Novartis and was a member of the board and of the audit committee of SIX Group. Ruth Metzler is chairwoman of the boards of Switzerland Global Enterprise and Aquila & Co. AG. She is also a board member of AXA Winterthur, Fehr Advice, and a member of the council of the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Since April 2016, Ruth Metzler is a member of the Board of Trustees of Förderstiftung Avenir Suisse. She is also a partner in a consultancy firm. Ruth Metzler was elected as a Member of the Board of Bühler in December 2011 and as Chairwoman of the Audit Committee in February 2014. Ruth Metzler-Arnold was born in 1964 and is Swiss.

Jeannine Bühler
(1986, Switzerland)
Member of Board

After successfully completing her federal vocational matriculation certificate and passerelle (supplementary exam certificate) in St. Gallen, Jeannine Bühler was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Zurich. She later received a Master of Arts in Social Sciences in journalism and communication sciences and political science. While still a student, she worked with foundations committed to charitable and sustainable projects. Following completion of her studies, she joined the development organization Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. Jeannine Bühler was elected to the Board of Directors of Bühler in 2016, where she represents the Bühler family in one-year rotations with the two other owners. Jeannine Bühler was born in 1986 and is Swiss.

Linda Yang
(1971, China)
Member of Board

Linda Yang holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Mathematics and Business / Finance from the Nan Kai University (Tianjin, China). She graduated from the Executive MBA program at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Following various assignments in China in the fields of research, consulting, and marketing, at companies such as at Procter & Gam-ble (China) Ltd., she acted from 2001 to 2004 for Nestlé (China) Ltd. as Head of Consumer Insight. Since then she has been the General Manager of BSI (Tianjin) Foods Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Savencia Fromage & Dairy (previously known as Bongrain SA). From 2016, she co-leads the South East Asia deve- lopment for Savencia. Thanks to her experience and training, Linda Yang has a proven understanding of the Chinese market. She has been a Member of the Bühler Board of Directors since 2014. Linda Yang was born in 1971 and is Chinese.

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