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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the highest executive body of the company. It has the non-transferable and inalienable responsibilities set forth by the law and the articles of association. It currently consists of nine members elected at the General Meeting of Shareholders.

Three Committees, an Audit Committee, a Strategy Committee and a Compensation and Nomination Committee, have been created by the Board of Directors and are responsible for specific tasks (see sections 3.5.1- 3.6).

Mr Nicolas Goetschmann, who is not a member of the Board of Directors, was appointed as Corporate Secretary by the Board of Directors.

Year of birth
Nationality
Education
First Election
End of term of Office
André Kudelski
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
1960
Swiss

Degree in Physical Engineering
Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL)

1987
15.03.2018
André Kudelski

André Kudelski began his career in 1984 as a Research & Development (R&D) engineer with Kudelski SA. In 1986, after an assignment for a few months in Silicon Valley, he returned to work in the family business firstly as Pay TV Product Manager, then as Director of Nagravision SA, a company in charge of the Pay TV sector. Mr Kudelski then took over from his father Stefan Kudelski and from 1991 became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the parent company Kudelski SA.

Kudelski Group mandates

  • Conax AS, in Norway, Chairman 
  • Nagravision SA, in Switzerland, Chief Executive Officer
  • NAGRA PLUS SA, in Switzerland, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • NagraStar LLC, in USA, Co-Chairman
  • SKIDATA AG, in Austria, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • SmarDTV SA, in Switzerland, Chairman

Other mandates

  • Aéroport International de Genève, in Switzerland, first Vice-Chairman
  • Comité d’economiesuisse, in Switzerland, member
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), (Switzerland), Strategic Advisory Board member
  • HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, in Switzerland, Board member
  • Innosuisse, in Switzerland, Chairman
  • Publicis Groupe, in France, member of the Supervisory Board and of the Audit Committee
  • Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland), Vice-Chairman
Last update 21.03.2017
Claude Smadja
Deputy Chairman of the Board and Lead Director
1945
Swiss

Degree in Political Science
University of Lausanne (UNIL)

1999
15.03.2018
Claude Smadja

After 15 years with Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR) as Deputy Editor of the Information Department, Claude Smadja joined the management of the World Economic Forum in 1987, a position that he held until 1992. He then returned to TSR as Director of Information until 1996, in which year he was appointed Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. In June 2001, Claude Smadja set up his own strategy consultancy Smadja & Smadja, strategic advisory firm that collaborates on strategic issues with multinationals and government bodies and organizes international events.

Other mandates

  • Smadja & Smadja SA, in Switzerland, Board member
Last update 21.03.2017
Patrick Fœtisch
Board member
1933
Swiss

Doctorate in Law
University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Bar Exam

1992
15.03.2018
Patrick Fœtisch

Patrick Fœtisch is an independent lawyer specializing in contracts and finance at an international level. He acts as legal counsel to Group companies as and when required, bringing to bear his in-depth knowledge of their activities to provide assistance and legal advice.

Kudelski Group mandates

  • Nagravision SA, in Switzerland, Chairman
  • Nagra France SAS, Chairman
  • NAGRA PLUS SA, in Switzerland, Board member
  • SKIDATA AG, in Austria, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • NagraID SA, Chairman (until 2 May 2014)*

* This company is no longer part of the Kudelski Group since 2 May 2014

Other mandates

  • AMRP Handels AG, in Switzerland, Chairman
Last update 21.03.2017
Laurent Dassault
Board member
1953
French

Degree in Business Law
Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées (ESLSCA), Paris

1995
15.03.2018
Laurent Dassault

After a career spanning thirteen years in the banking sector, Laurent Dassault joined the Dassault Group in 1992 where he holds important positions. Today he assumes around thirty mandates, including those of the Dassault Group, mainly in the financial, industrial and wine-producing sectors.

Other mandates

Current mandates Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault SAS (France):

  • Arqana SAS, in France, advisor to the Directoire (Managing Board)
  • Artcurial SA, in France, Board member
  • Artcurial Développement Sàrl, in France, Co-manager (Co-gérant)
  • DASSAULT BELGIQUE AVIATION S.A, in Belgium, Board member
  • DASSAULT INVESTESSEMENTS Sàrl, in France, Managing Director
  • Dassault Wine Estates SASU, in France, Chairman
  • Immobilière Dassault SA, in France, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • Financière Louis Potel & Chabot SAS, in France, Board member
  • Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault SAS, in France, Directeur Général Délégué and
  • Board member
  • MARCEL DASSAULT TRADING CORPORATION (USA), Board member
  • MIDWAY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, in USA, Chairman
  • ONE DROP France (association), Chairman
  • SERGE DASSAULT TRADING CORPORATION (USA), Board member
  • SOGITEC Industries SA, in France, Board member

Other mandates:

  • 21 Centrale Partners SA, in France, member of the Supervisory Board
  • Catalyst Investments II L.P., in Israel, Chairman of the Advisory Board
  • LA MAISON SA, in Luxemburg, member of the Supervisory Board
  • Laurent Dassault Rond Point (LDRP) SCI, in France, Associé gérant
  • Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co. Inc., in United States, Board member
  • L. REAL ESTATE SCA SICAR, in Luxemburg, Chairman of the Investors Committee
  • PECHEL INDUSTRIES SAS, in France, member of the Monitoring Committee
  • SAGARD PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS SAS, in France, member of the Advisory Committee
  • WARWYCK Private Bank Ltd, in Mauritius, Board member
  • Amis du FRAC (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain en Aquitaine), in France, Chairman
  • Amis du Musée Centre Pompidou, Association, in France, Board member
  • Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français (ADIAF), Board member
  • Association pour la Mémoire des Enfants cachés et des Justes (AMECJ), Board member and Treasurer
  • Organisation pour la prévention de la Cécité (OPC), Association, in France, Board member
  • Société des Amis des musées d’Orsay & de l’Orangerie, in France, Board member

 

Last update 21.03.2017
Pierre Lescure
Board member
1945
French

Degree in Literature and Journalism
Centre de formation des journalistes, Paris

2004
15.03.2018
Pierre Lescure

Save for a two year period (1972-1974) as a television news presenter for Antenne 2, Pierre Lescure spent the first fifteen years of his professional career with the RTL, RMC and Europe1 radio stations where he successively occupied a variety of positions, in particular Deputy Editor and Director of Programs. In 1981 he returned to television as Editor in Chief of Antenne 2. From 1984, he worked with André Rousselet on the launch project for the pay TV channel CANAL+ where he was appointed Director and then Chief Executive Officer. From 1993 to 2002, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CANAL+ Group. From 2000 to 2002 Pierre Lescure was also co-Chief Executive Officer of Vivendi-Universal. Since 2002, he has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anna Rose Production SAS, a company active in audio-visual and cinematographic production as well as in communication consultancy services. From 2008 to 2014, he directed the Théâtre Marigny in Paris. Since 1st July 2014, Pierre Lescure has served as President of the Cannes Festival. Since September 2014, Pierre Lescure has been a regular TV columnist for the daily show « C à vous » which is broadcast on “France 5,” the French TV channel.

Other mandates

Current mandates with the Festival de Cannes:

  • Association française du festival international du film (known as «Le Festival de Cannes»), in France, Chairman 
  • Société de gestion d'opérations commerciales pour le festival international du film SASU, (France), Président

Other mandates:

  • ANNAROSE PRODUCTIONS Sàrl, in France, Chairman and CEO
  • Lagardère SCA, in France, member of the Supervisory Board
  • Molotov SAS, in France, Chairman

 

Last update 21.03.2017
Marguerite Kudelski
Board member
1965
Swiss

Engineering degree in Microtechnology
Doctorate in Microtechnology

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Executive MBA
IMD Lausanne

2006
15.03.2018
Marguerite Kudelski

Marguerite Kudelski’s professional career began at the EPFL’s Laboratory of Electromechanics and Electrical Machines, where she worked from 1991 to 1999. During this period she also worked as a research and development engineer within the Nagra Audio division of the Kudelski Group. In 1999, she became the Head of R&D with Précel SA in Neuchâtel (then a Kudelski Group company) before being appointed as CEO and Board member of the same company in 2000, positions that she occupied until the end of 2002. After completing a number of marketing and financial analysis projects for NagraID in 2003, she took responsibility for certain key projects for the Group within the Finance Department from 2004 to 2006. From 2007 to 2011, Marguerite Kudelski worked as a consultant, offering services such as business development and management consulting. In December 2011, she took over the management of Nagra Audio, which was transferred by the Group to Audio Technology Switzerland SA (ATS) for which she serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Until the end of 2014, Marguerite Kudelski was in charge of the R&D department of ATS. Since the beginning of 2015, she has been a strategic advisor to ATS.

Other mandates

  • Audio Technology Switzerland SA, in Switzerland, Chairman
Last update 21.03.2017
Alexandre Zeller
Board member
1961
Swiss

Degree in Economics
University of Lausanne (UNIL)

2007
15.03.2018
Alexandre Zeller

Alexandre Zeller began his professional career in 1984 with Nestlé as a Management Auditor. Three years later, he joined Credit Suisse, where he carried out various duties in the field of loans and asset management at a Swiss and international level, while at the same time managing various branches. In 1999 he was appointed to the Executive Board and then as CEO of Credit Suisse Private Banking. In November 2002, Alexandre Zeller joined the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise as Chairman of the Executive Board. From July 2008 to February 2012, he was CEO of HSBC Private Bank (Switzerland) and, as from October 2010, Regional CEO Europe and Middle East. Since March 2012, Alexandre Zeller has served as an independent director. From May 2014 to September 2016, Alexandre Zeller was Chairman of the Board of SIX Group SA. Since the 1st October 2016, Alexandre Zeller is Chairman of Credit Suisse (Suisse) SA.

Other mandates

  • Maus Frères SA, in Switzerland, Board member
  • Credit Suisse (Suisse) SA, Chairman of the Board
  • Garage Central SA, in Switzerland, Chairman of the Board
Last update 21.03.2017
Joseph Deiss
Board member
1946
Swiss

Doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences
University of Fribourg

2012
15.03.2018
Joseph Deiss

Joseph Deiss obtained a doctorate degree in economy and social sciences from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1971. After his doctorate, he was a research student at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He then returned to the University of Fribourg where he was lecturing economics as from 1973 and was “privat docent” as from 1977. He was appointed associate professor (“professeur extraordinaire”) in 1983 and professor of political economy in 1984, a position he occupied until 1999. During this time, he was also a visiting professor at a number of Swiss Universities including ETH Zurich, University of Lausanne and University of Geneva. Between 1996 and 1998, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Fribourg.

Parallel to his academic career, Joseph Deiss has pursued a political career. He was a member of the Grand Council of the canton of Fribourg from 1981 to 1991, when he was elected President of the Grand Council of Fribourg for one year.

From 1991 to 1999, he was a member of the National Council. During this period, from 1993 to 1996, he was Switzerland's price regulator. In 1999 he was elected to the Federal Council, where he was responsible for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (1999-2002) and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (2003-2006). He served as President of the Swiss Confederation in 2004. Since his retirement from the Federal Council in 2006, Joseph Deiss has been a business consultant and has served on the Boards of various companies. In June 2010, he was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly for its 65th session from September 2010 to September 2011.

Other mandates

Current mandates with Zurich Insurance Group AG:

  • Zurich Insurance Company Ireland (ZIP), Board member
  • Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (ZLIC), in Switzerland, Vice Chairman

Other mandates:

  • Adolphe Merkle Foundation, in Switzerland, Chairman
  • Clinique Générale-Ste-Anne SA, in Switzerland, Chairman
  • Interprox SA, in Switzerland, Board member
  • SA Fire House Ltd., in South Africa, Board member
  • Liberty Global, European Advisory Board, member

 

Last update 21.03.2017
Alec Ross
Board member
1971
American

Bachelor’s Degree in History
Northwestern University

2014
15.03.2018
Alec Ross

Alec Ross began his professional career in 1994 as a teacher within the Teach for America programme in the underprivileged neighbourhoods of Baltimore. He joined Enterprise Community Partners (formerly Enterprise Foundation) two years later, a non-profit organisation based in Columbia, Maryland, which develops affordable housing throughout the United States, where he held the position of Special Assistant to the Chairman. In 2000, Alec Ross co-founded the One Economy Corporation, a non-profit organisation which organizes programmes to help low-income people worldwide, for which he worked for eight years. In parallel, he joined the presidential campaign of President Barack Obama in 2007 as the Coordinator of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee and then as Project Manager and member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Policy Group. From April 2009 to March 2013, Alec Ross was Senior Advisor for innovation to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Since then, he has been Senior Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at John Hopkins University, and he is the author of "The Industries of the Future" (Simon & Schuster) published in February 2016. He also advises investors, enterprises and government officials, helping them to understand the influence of factors located at the crossroads of geopolitics, markets and disruptive technologies.

Other mandates

  • Amida Technology Solutions Inc., in USA, Advisory Board member
  • AnchorFree Inc., in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Andela Inc., in USA, Advisory Board member
  • FiscalNote Inc., in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Jobbatical Inc., in Estonia, supervisory Board member
  • Leeds Equity Partners LLC, in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Mark43, in USA, Adisory Board member
  • Teach for America, in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Telerivet Inc., in USA, Board member
Last update 21.03.2017