As previously announced on January 15, 2016, regarding the succession of Alfred N. Schindler, Chairman, Silvio Napoli will be proposed for election as Chairman at the Shareholders Meeting of March 16, 2017. Alfred N. Schindler will continue to serve as Board member and as member of the new Nomination Committee. The other members of the Nomination Committee will be Silvio Napoli (chair), Luc Bonnard and Karl Hofstetter.
Tobias Staehelin will be proposed for election to the Board of Directors at the Shareholders Meeting of March 16, 2017, and Patrice Bula will be proposed as a new member of the Compensation Committee.
Pius Baschera will become Deputy Chairman and Monika Bütler will serve as a member of the Audit Committee.
All Board members, except Rolf Schweiger and Klaus Wellershoff, will stand for re-election at the Shareholders Meeting of March 16, 2017.
Based on the long-term succession plan, the Board of Directors decided that Michael Nilles, Chief Digital Officer, will be proposed for election to the Board of Directors at the Shareholders Meeting of March 2018, and will serve thereafter on the Board’s Supervisory and Strategy Committee (formerly Supervisory and Nomination Committee).
In his future function, Michael Nilles will drive Schindler's digital strategy at Group level and have functional oversight over all IoT-activities. Until his successor will be appointed, Michael Nilles will continue to report in his current function to the CEO.As a consequence, the Supervisory and Strategy Committee will temporarily be composed of two members only, Silvio Napoli, Chairman, and Karl Hofstetter.
Furthermore, the Board of Directors has decided to revise the organizational structure of the Group Executive Committee as follows:
Christian Schulz, currently heading the Service Business, has been appointed Head of Operations, and therefore will be accountable for both, the New Installations and the Service Business.
Egbert Weisshaar, currently heading the Escalator Division, has been appointed to the Group Executive Committee as Head of Escalators and Supply Chain.
Oswald Schmid, currently heading the New Installations and Supply Chain, will step down from the Group Executive Committee. He will continue to support the Group as a consultant in his field of expertise. The above changes will be effective February 1, 2017.
Furthermore, the Board of Directors decided to redistribute management responsibilities within the geographical zones as follows: the responsibility for the Middle East operations will move from Zone APME (Asia Pacific and Middle East) to Zone Europe South.
Miguel A. Rodriguez, currently heading Zone APME, will leave the Group Executive Committee. He will continue to work for the Group until his retirement in 2018.
Robert Seakins, currently CEO Schindler Australia, has been appointed to the Group Executive Committee as Head of Zone Asia Pacific. The above changes will be effective April 1, 2017.
As a consequence, the Group Executive Committee will, as of April 1, 2017, be composed as follows: Thomas Oetterli (CEO), Erich Ammann (CFO and Deputy CEO), Karl-Heinz Bauer (CTO), David Clymo (Corporate Human Resources), Paolo Compagna (Europe North), Carlos Guembe (Europe South), Albert Haffert (Field Quality & Excellence), Andre Inserra (Americas), Michael Nilles (Chief Digital Officer), Christian Schulz (Operations), Robert Seakins (Asia Pacific and India), Egbert Weisshaar (Escalators and Supply Chain) and Daryoush Ziai (China).