Dr. Christoph Loos
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Christoph Loos (born 1968) assumed CEO responsibilities in January 2014. He has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. During the first four years of this tenure, he was responsible for Finance, Human Resources, IT and Corporate Development. In 2011, he took over the areas of Emerging Markets and global Energy & Industry business. Upon joining Hilti in 2001, he first led the Corporate Development Team and then established the Strategic Management unit. At the end of 2003, he moved to Germany, first as a Regional Sales Director and then, starting in 2005, as General Manager of Hilti Germany.
CORPORATE FUNCTIONS AND ENERGY & INDUSTRY
Matthias Gillner (born 1967) has been a member of the Executive Board since April 2011. He is responsible for Finance, Tax, Human Resources, IT, Corporate Development and the global Energy & Industry business. After heading Electric Tools, he has led the areas of Emerging Markets and Energy & Industry from 2014 to 2017. He began his Hilti career in 2000 as the Head of Corporate Development. In mid-2001, he was named Head of Corporate Human Resources and then moved on to lead the Measuring Systems Business Unit. From 2006 until the end of 2013, Matthias Gillner was Head of the Electric Tools & Accessories Business Area.
Jahangir (Jan) Doongaji
ELECTRIC TOOLS AND GROUP RESEARCH
Jahangir (Jan) Doongaji (born 1967) has been a member of the Executive Board since 2014. He is responsible for the Electric Tools & Accessories business, Corporate Research & Technology and Tool Services. Jan began his Hilti career in 2000, initially leading customer service in the Swiss market organization. In 2002, he moved to corporate headquarters in Schaan where he has since held various positions in different business units. Most recently, Jan headed the Power Tools & Accessories Business Unit.
AVRAHAM (AVI) KAHN
American and Asian Markets
Avraham (Avi) Kahn (born 1977) has been a member of the Executive Board since January 2020 and is responsible for Asia and the Americas markets. He began his Hilti career in sales in the USA in 2004. After holding various management positions, he was promoted to General Manager for Hilti Canada in 2011. In 2017, he took over the responsibility for the entire North American region.
Dr. Stefan Nöken
FASTENING TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS
Stefan Nöken (born 1965) has been a member of the Executive Board since the beginning of 2007. He is responsible for the Fastening & Protection business, Application Software and Corporate Logistics. He joined Hilti in 2000 as the Head of Corporate Engineering. In 2004, he took over responsibility for Supply Chain Management with the global plants, procurement and global logistics.
JOAQUIM SARDÀ SOLSONA
European and Middle East Markets, Strategic Marketing
Joaquim Sardà Solsona (born 1974) has been a member of the Executive Board since January 2020. He is responsible for the European and Middle East markets and for the Strategic Marketing unit. He started his Hilti career in 2005 in Corporate Development at headquarters. Later he held multiple management positions in sales in Italy and Germany. In 2012, he took the position of General Manager of market organization Italy and region Southern Europe.
Board of Directors
Honorary Chairman of the Board
Michael Hilti (born 1946) was elected Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors at the 2018 Annual General Meeting and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1990. The son of company founder Professor Martin Hilti joined Hilti in 1975, one year later he was named to the company’s Executive Board. He served as Deputy CEO from 1978. In 1990 he was named CEO, a position he held until the end of 1993. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2006. Michael Hilti further serves as a Trustee of the Martin Hilti Family Trust, as Chairman of the Hilti Art Foundation, as Chairman of the Hilti Family Foundation Liechtenstein, and as a member of the Board of the Hilti Foundation. He has held numerous directorships, including being named a Princely Commerce Councilor by H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein, and was also awarded the title Honorary Senator by the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Heinrich Fischer (born 1950; re-elected until the 2022 Annual General Meeting) is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. Fischer graduated in 1973 with an engineering diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he studied electrical engineering and technical physics. He then went on to study business administration at the University of Zurich while working in this field, earning a master’s degree in 1976. Beginning in 1977, he held senior management positions at Oerlikon Bührle Holding, Balzers AG (1980 to 1989) and, finally, at Oerlikon Holding once again (1990 to 1995). From 1996 to 2007, he was Chief Executive Officer at Saurer AG, Arbon. Heinrich Fischer is a member of the Board of Directors of Tecan AG and Sensirion AG.
Prof. Dr. Pius Baschera
Pius Baschera (born 1950; re-elected to serve until the 2022 Annual General Meeting) joined the Board of Directors in 2006. He served as its Chairman until April 2017 when he ceded this position to Heinrich Fischer. Baschera studied mechanical engineering and business administration at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, where he earned his doctorate. In 1979, he joined Hilti as Head of Financial Controlling in the production area. Before being named Chairman he served as CEO for 13 years. Since April 2017 he has been Speaker of the Martin Hilti Family Trust. He is a member of Board of Directors of the Schindler Group, Hergiswil (Switzerland), and President of the ETH Zurich Foundation.
Daniel Daeniker (born 1963, elected until the 2021 Annual General Meeting) joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Daniel Daeniker is Managing Partner of Homburger AG, a commercial law firm in Zurich. He also holds a board mandate with dormakaba Holding AG (Switzerland), is a member of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co SCA (France) and a lecturer at the University of Zurich.
Kim Fausing (born 1964; re-elected until the 2022 Annual General Meeting) was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Aarhus Teknikum, in Denmark, in 1987, and an MBA degree at Henley Business School, in London, in 1996. His professional career led him to the Hilti Group in 1990, where he served in various management functions in Europe and Asia until 2007. After moving to the Danish Danfoss Group, he was named Chief Operating Officer and member of the executive committee in January 2008. He has chaired since July 2017 as President and CEO. He also is Vice Chairman of SMA A/G, in Kassel, Germany, and member of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim, Switzerland.
Carla De Geyseleer
Carla De Geyseleer (elected until the 2022 Annual General Meeting) joined the Board of Directors in 2019. From 2014 until February 2019 she was Chief Financial Officer of SGS, a publicly-listed goods inspection company based in Geneva (Switzerland). She previously served for several years as CFO for both the mobile operator Vodafone’s subsidiary, Vodafone Libertel B.V. and for the logistics company DHL Express Benelux, both located in the Netherlands. Before that, she served in multiple finance and business development roles on a regional and global level at DHL. Carla De Geyseleer also holds an Executive MBA from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Marco Meyrat (born 1963, elected until the 2023 Annual General Meeting) joined the Board of Directors in 2020. Since January 1, 2020 he has been Chairman of the Hilti Foundation Board. From 2005 to 2019 he was a member of the Hilti Group Executive Board. Marco Meyrat began his career at Hilti in 1989 as a Product Manager in the Direct Fastening unit at Corporate Headquarters in Liechtenstein. Significant positions held during his Hilti career include General Manager of both the Swiss and German marketing organizations. In 2005 he joined the company’s Executive Board and was responsible for worldwide sales and marketing. Starting in 2017 he was responsible for the North America region and the Emerging Markets. Marco Meyrat is also a member of the Advisory Board of Ardex GmbH, Witten (Germany); Deputy Chairman of Board of Directors of OLMeRO AG, Glattbrugg (Switzerland); and Deputy Chairman of Board of Directors of Venture Incubator AG, Zug (Switzerland).
Barbara Milian Thoralfsson
Barbara Milian Thoralfsson (born 1959; re-elected until the 2023 Annual General Meeting) was elected to the Board of Directors in September 2014. She has an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University in New York (USA) and a BA in psychology from Duke University in North Carolina (USA). Barbara Milian Thoralfsson has held CEO positions in the telecom and consumer goods sectors, and has extensive experience as a non-executive director, in both public and privately held multinational companies in a wide variety of industries. Since 2006 she has been an entrepreneur in the industrial sector building the largest plastic recycling company in Scandinavia. She is a member of the Board and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of SCA AB and Essity AB in Sweden. She also serves on the board of G4S Plc in London.