Senior management team of HOCHDORF Group

Ralph Siegl, CEO and Delegate of the Board of Directors

1966, Swiss citizen. Place of residence: Wolfhausen. Position: CEO of the HOCHDORF Group since 21 January 2021. Training/degree: Licentiate in Political Science/International Relations at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Master Degree in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professional background: 1995 to 2006 worked for Nestlé Suisse SA, Vevey and Nestlé Australia Ltd, Sydney, ultimately as Vice President Exports; 2006 to 2016 CEO of Confiseur Läderach AG, Ennenda; 2016 to 2018 Managing Director, Group Management & Operations, Läderach Group, Ennenda; since 2018 independent management consultant and Managing Partner of Experts for Leaders AG, Zurich. Other activities: since 2010 member of the Board of Directors of Gübelin Holding AG, Lucerne; since 2013 member of the Board of Directors (Chairman 2016 to 2020) of Bank Linth LLB AG, Uznach; since 2019 Delegate of the Board of Directors of Ylex AG, Aarau; since 2020 member of the Board of Directors of Assepro Group, Pfäffikon SZ; since 2021 member of the Board of Directors of W. Kündig & Cie. AG, Zurich.

Gerina Eberl-Hancock, CRO

1966, German citizen. Place of residence: Zug ZG. Position: CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) of the HOCHDORF Group since 1 May 2022. Training/degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in California/USA. Professional experience: 1990 to 1997 in international commercial roles at Hoechst (Brazil), European Vinyls (France) and Nielsen Company (Germany and USA); 1997 to 2011 major leadership roles at Nestlé SA from marketing management for coffee and hot drinks in USA, Nestlé Switzerland and global headquarters to Director for hot drinks and member of the senior management team at Nestlé Germany; from 2011 to 2014 member of the senior management team at Nestlé Switzerland as Head of Corporate Marketing focusing on nutrition and sustainability and until 2016 in leading business development roles at Nestlé within Europe; from 2016 to 2020 as Managing Director Food & Beverages at Nestlé Maghreb responsible for the areas coffee/hot drinks, dairy (milk powder and concentrate, Nesquik, Grain D`Or), chocolate and food in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria; 2021 to 2022 Sales and Business Development Officer at Cellular Swiss AG, Switzerland. Other activities: since 2021, Advisory Board Member at Vital Technologies Ltd.

Lukas Hartmann, CIO

1983, Swiss citizen. Place of residence: Steinhausen ZG. Position: CIO (Chief Innovation Officer) at the HOCHDORF Group since 1 April 2022. Training/degree: Master of Science in Food Sciences from the ETH Zurich and Master of Business Administration MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Professional background: 2009 to 2013 Project Lead in Research and Development at  Nestlé, Orbe, in the Product Technology Center in the area of Infant Cereal Nutrition, responsible for developing and implementing formulations and processes in various factories worldwide; 2013 to 2015 Process Engineer at Nestlé Suisse S.A., Konolfingen, responsible for developing, implementing and going live with a part of an investment project for producing powdered infant formula; 2016 member of an early start-up in the area of sustainable probiotic feed supplements; Business Development Manager, Root; 2017 to 2022 Head of Development for Baby Care and since 2021 VP Innovation and R&D at the HOCHDORF Group.

Gerhard Mahrle, CFO ad interim

1957, Swiss citizen. Place of residence: Abtwil SG. Position: Ad interim CFO of the HOCHDORF Group since 15 August 2022 (entry date: 4 July 2022). Training/degree: Licentiate in Finance and Accounting from the University of St. Gallen (lic. oec. HSG). Professional background: 1991 to 1992 Head of Financial Reporting, Hilti Group, Schaan; 1992 to 1998 CFO, Eugster/Frismag Group, Romanshorn; 1998 to 2000, CFO, Batigroup, Basel; 2000 to 2009, CFO sia Abrasives & Senior Management Member of sia-Group, Frauenfeld; 2009 to 2013, CFO Kardex Group, Zurich; 2014 to 2021, CFO, deputy CEO, COLTENE Group, Altstätten; since 2022 independent consultant.

Géza Somogyi, COO

1978, Hungarian citizen. Place of residence: Güttingen Position: COO of the HOCHDORF Group since 1 July 2020. Training/degree: Food science. Professional background: 2002 to 2013 Development Engineer and Head of Production at Mars Inc. Bokros (Hungary); 2015 to 2020 Head of Production at several plants with additional responsibility for the registration of German plants and formulations as a condition of market entry in China at Danone/Milupa, Fulda (Germany).

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