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 seven members elected at the General Meeting of Shareholders.

Three Committees, an Audit Committee, a Strategy Committee and a Nomination and Compensation Committee, have been created by the Board of Directors and are responsible for specific tasks (see sections 3.5.1- 3.6). More information on the Committees' members list is available here: Committees

Mr Mark Beariault, 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
15.04.2021

André Kudelski began his career in 1984 as a Research & Development (R&D) engineer with Kudelski SA. In 1986, after a short-term assignment 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 Offcer of the parent company Kudelski SA.

Kudelski Group mandates

  • Kudelski Corporate, Inc., in USA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Kudelski Security, Inc., in USA, Executive Chairman
  • Kudelski Security Holdings, Inc., in USA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Nagravision SA, in Switzerland, Chief Executive Officer
  • NAGRA PLUS SA, in Switzerland, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Nagra USA, LLC, in USA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • NagraStar LLC, in USA, Co-Chairman
  • OpenTV, Inc., in USA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • SKIDATA AG, in Austria, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • SmarDTV SA, in Switzerland, Chairman (until 31st January 2019)
  • Nagravision AS, in Norway, Chairman (until September 2018)

Other mandates

  • Comité d’economiesuisse, in Switzerland, member
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), (Switzerland), Strategic Advisory Board member
  • Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux, in Switzerland, Vice-President
  • Foundation Bilderberg Meetings, in Netherlands, member of Steering Committee
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), in USA, member of the Executive Committee
  • Innosuisse, in Switzerland, Chairman
  • Publicis Groupe, in France, member of the Supervisory Board, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, member of the Nomination Committee and of the Audit Committee
  • Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, in Switzerland, Vice-Chairman
  • Swiss Board Institute (Swiss foundation), member of the Strategic Advisory Board
  • Aéroport International de Genève, in Switzerland, first Vice-Chairman (until 30 September 2018)
Last update 16.04.2020
Claude Smadja
Deputy Chairman of the Board and Lead Director
1945
Swiss

Degree in Political Science
University of Lausanne (UNIL)

1999
15.04.2021
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.

Kudelski Group mandates

  • Nagravision SA, in Switzerland, Board Member

Other mandates

  • Smadja & Smadja SA, in Switzerland, Board member

Neither Mr Smadja nor any organization he represents has any material business relationship with Kudelski SA or any of its subsidiaries.

Last update 16.04.2020
Patrick Fœtisch
Board member
1933
Swiss

Doctorate in Law
University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Bar Exam

1992
15.04.2021
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
  • SmarDTV SAS, in France, Chairman

Other mandates

  • AMRP Handels AG, in Switzerland, Chairman
Last update 16.04.2020
Laurent Dassault
Board member
1953
French

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

1995
15.04.2021
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.

Kudelski Group mandates

  • SKIDATA AG, in Austria, Member of the Supervisory Board

Other mandates

Current mandates Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault SAS (France):

  • Arqana SAS, in France, advisor to the Directoire (Managing Board)
  • 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
  • Financière Louis Potel & Chabot SAS, in France, Censor
  • Immobilière Dassault SA, in France, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault SAS, in France, Directeur Général Délégué and Board member
  • Les amis de la fondation Serge Dassault, in France, Chairman
  • MIDWAY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, in USA, Chairman
  • SITAM America Corp., USA, Board Member
  • SOGITEC Industries SA, in France, Board member

Other important mandates outside the Kudelski Group:

  • 21 Centrale Partners SA, in France, member of the Supervisory Board
  • Catalyst Investments II L.P., in Israel, Chairman of the Advisory Board
  • FLCP et Associés SASU, in France, member of the Supervisory Board
  • LA MAISON SA, in Luxemburg, member of the Supervisory Board
  • Laurent Dassault Rond Point (LDRP) SCI, in France, Associé gérant
  • Laurent Dassault Rond Point II (LDRP II) SAS, in France, Chairman
  • 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
  • Comité des Champs-Elysées, association, in France, Board member
  • Fonds pour Paris, association, in France, Board member
  • 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

Neither Mr. Dassault nor any organization he represents has any significant business rleationship with Kudelski SA or any of its subsidiaries.

 

Last update 16.04.2020
Pierre Lescure
Board member
1945
French

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

2004
15.04.2021
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), Chairman

Current mandates exercised for the Festival de Cannes:

  • Fonds de dotation du festival international du film, in France, Chairman

Other important mandates outside the Kudelski Group:

  • ANNAROSE PRODUCTIONS Sàrl, in France, Chairman and CEO
  • Molotov SAS, in France, Chairman

Mr. Lescure has never been part of a management body of the Kudelski Group. Neither he nor any organization he represents has any significant business relationship with Kudelski SA or any of its subsidiaries.

 

Last update 16.04.2020
Marguerite Kudelski
Board member
1965
Swiss

Engineering degree in Microtechnology
Doctorate in Microtechnology

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Executive MBA
IMD Lausanne

2006
15.04.2021
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 2017, Marguerite Kudelski is a Board member of Bovay & Partenaires SA and Wire Art in Switzerland SA. She is also a member of the Expert Committee of Switzerland Innovation.

Other mandates

  • Audio Technology Switzerland SA, in Switzerland, Chairman
  • Bovay & Partenaires SA, in Switzerland, Board member
  • Swiss Innovation Park, foundation, in Switzerland, member of the Expert Committee
  • Wire Art Switzerland SA, in Switzerland, Board member

Apart from the mandates and functions mentioned above, neither Ms. Kudelski nor any organization she represents has any significant business relationship with Kudelski SA or any of its subsidiaries.

Last update 16.04.2020
Alec Ross
Board member
1971
American

Bachelor’s Degree in History
Northwestern University

2014
15.04.2021
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

  • Amplo (USA), Board Partner
  • Andela Inc., in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Jobbatical Inc., in Estonia, Supervisory Board member
  • Leeds Equity Partners LLC, in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Legalpad Inc., in USA, Supervisory Board member
  • Teach for America, in USA, Advisory Board member
  • Telerivet Inc., in USA, Board member

Mr. Ross has never been part of a management body of the Kudelski Group. Neither he nor any organization he represents has any significant business relationship with Kudelski SA or any of its subsidiaries.

Last update 16.04.2020
1966
Swiss and Canadian

Ph.D. Biology
Department of Biology, MIT, Cambridge, USA

Executive MBA
IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland University

2020
15.04.2021

Michael Hengartner obtained a Ph.D. In Biology in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA, where he studied with Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz. Following his Ph.D. and for seven years he led a research group at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the USA. In 2001, he became the first occupant of the Ernst Hadorn Endowed Chair for molecular biology at the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Zurich (UZH). From 2009 to 2014, he was dean of the Faculty of Science, and from 2014 to 2020 president of UZH. From 2016 to 2020, he also served as president of Swiss universities, the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions. From 2020, Mr. Hengartner has served as President of the ETH Board (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the ETH Domain. Mr. Hengartner holds an Executive MBA from IMD, Lausanne obtained in 2008 and is the recipient of several awards for his research on the molecular basis of apoptosis, among them the Swiss National Latsis Prize, Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award, and an honorary doctorate from Sorbonne Université. In 2010, Mr. Hengartner received the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching at UZH. He founded and/or was a member of the board of directors of a number of start-up companies, including the biotech company Devgen NV, in Belgium (co-founded in 1997) and the scientific consultancy company EvalueSCIENCE SA, in Switzerland (co-founded in 2008).

Other mandates

  • Novalis Biotech Incubation Fund, in Belgium, Scientific Advisor and Advisory Board Member
  • Swiss National Science Foundation, in Switzerland, Member of the Foundation Board
  • Switzerland Innovation Foundation, in Switzerland, Member of the Foundation Board
  • Cogito Foundation, in Switzerland, Member of the Foundation Board
  • Ernst Hadorn Foundation, in Switzerland, Member of the Foundation Board
  • World.Minds Foundation, in Switzerland, Member of the Foundation Board
  • Swiss Study Foundation (Schweizerische Studienstiftung), in Switzerland, Chair of the Education Board and Vice-president of the Foundation Board
  • digitalswitzerland, association, in Switzerland, Member of the Steering Board
  • IMD - International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, in Switzerland, Member of the Foundation Board
  • Europa Institut at the University of Zurich, association, in Switzerland, Member of the Board
  • University of Heidelberg, in Germany, Member of the Academic Advisory Council
  • Stiftschule Einsiedeln, in Switzerland, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Swiss Institute of International Studies, association, in Switzerland, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Verein Forschung für Leben, in Switzerland, Honorary Member
  • International Cell Death Society, in USA, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Quartierverein Oberstrass, in Switzerland, Member of the Steering Committee

Mr. Hengartner has never been part of a management body of the Kudelski Group. Neither he nor any organization he represents has any significant business relationship with Kudelski SA or any of its subsidiaries.

Last update 16.04.2020