Board of Directors
Heinz Karrer, Chairman of Kuoni Group
Heinz Karrer, who is Swiss, has been President of Economiesuisse, the Swiss business association, since 2013. Before that he was CEO of Axpo Holding AG from 2002. After studying economics at St. Gallen University (HSG), he began his career in 1985 when he was appointed General Manager of the Association of Swiss Manufacturers, Suppliers and Agents for Sports Goods. He went on to serve as Managing Director of Intersport Schweiz AG from 1987 to 1992 and as CEO of Intersport Holding AG from 1992 to 1995. He then moved to the Ringier publishing house where he remained until 1997, becoming CEO of Ringier Switzerland and a member of Ringier Ltd.ʼs Group Executive Management. From 1998 to 2002 he was a member of Swisscomʼs Group Executive Management and head of the groupʼs Marketing & Sales Division. He has served on Kuoniʼs Board of Directors since 2007. In April 2014 Heinz Karrer has been elected at the Annual General Meeting to be Chairman.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in listed companies: Member of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of NotensteinLaRoche Privatbank AG, Member of the Board of Directors of InfrontRingier Sports & Entertainment Switzerland AG, Member of the Board of Foundation at Hasler Stiftung
Adrianus (Adriaan) Nühn
The Dutchman Adriaan Nühn sits on the Boards of several international consumer goods companies. Among his other roles, since 2009 he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dutch food service and food retailer Sligro Food Group. His most recent operational role was as CEO of consumer goods company Sara Lee International from 2003 to 2008. Adriaan Nühn lives in Amsterdam/Netherlands. He holds a Bachelor of Business Adminis-tration from Hogere Economische School, Eindhoven/Netherlands, and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington/USA. Adriaan Nühn was elected to the Kuoni Group Board in 2012 and since April 2014 is Vice-Chairman of the Board.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of Sligro NV, Member of the Board of Directors of Cloetta AB, Member of the Board of Directors of AVI Ltd
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of Plukon NV
Jae Hyun (Jay) Lee
Jay Lee, a South Korean citizen, has worked for eBay, the worldʼs biggest online marketplace, since 2002. He is currently in charge of eBayʼs Asia/Pacific Region Portfolio as Managing Director and Corporate Senior Vice President. Previously, Jay Lee was the CEO of eBayʼs Korean Internet Auction Company from 2002 to 2004. From 2000 to 2002 he was COO and then CEO of NASDAQ-listed multimedia company Korea Thrunet. He began his career in 1992 with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was elected a partner since 1997. Jay Lee lives in Singapore and Seoul, South Korea. He holds an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School, Boston/USA, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Brown University, Providence/USA. Jay Lee was elected to the Board in 2012.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of SsangYong C&B
John Lindquist, a US and UK citizen, is resident in London. He gained a degree in economics from Princeton University and MBA from Harvard University and then joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a consultant. He was subsequently elected a Partner and later a Senior Partner and Managing Director, where he served on the global leadership team of the travel and tourism practice. He is currently a Senior Adviser with BCG, advising on strategy for clients in airlines, hotels and government tourism bodies on a global basis. He joined Kuoniʼs Board of Directors in 2007. He is a Board Director of VisitBritain, the UK government tourism promotion agency.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Management and consultancy functions for important Swiss and foreign interest groups:
Member of the Board of Directors of VisitBritain
David J. Schnell
Kuoniʼs Board of Directors has benefited from the great expertise and experience of Swiss business administration graduate David Schnell since 2002. Between 1985 and 1997 he worked at ELCO Looser Holding AG, initially as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Executive Board, and later as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Member of the Board of Directors. In 1997 David Schnell moved to become CFO and Member of the Executive Board of telecommunications company Swisscom AG in Bern, where he stayed until 2002. Since 2002 David Schnell has been an independent business consultant and a Member of the Board of Directors of various companies.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in listed companies: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ELMA Electronic AG
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IFBC AG, Member of the Board of Directors of Alp-Transit Gotthard AG
Annette Schömmel – Swiss citizen – is a successful entrepreneur. She studied Economics at Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, Film at University of Southern California and received a Masters Degree in Marketing and Communication from University of the Arts, Berlin. She is a Stanford Business School Graduate. After working in various management positions in the creative industry, she founded arthesia AG – an applied think-tank based in Zug, Los Angeles and Hong Kong – in 1994. Annette Schömmel has built a track record advising the leadership of global companies and brands on strategy, transformation and change programmes as well as long-term positioning and repositioning in various industries. She has built the arthesia cities business advising cities around the world on strategies. In 2013 arthesia sold the cities & regions practise to Publicis Groupe. She joined the Board of Kuoni Group in 2004.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of arthesia AG, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Babaluba AG, Member of the Board of Directors of VitaGenes Ltd, Member of the Board of Directors of Vitargent Ltd, Member of the Board of Directors of BrandMaker Development Ltd, Member of the Board of Directors of FAT Ltd
Unpaid Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-profit organisations: Board Member of Asia Society Switzerland
Selina Neri an Italian citizen, has worked in the Information and Communication Technology industry for over 24 years and, most recently, in the Luxury Industry. In her most recent corporate role she served as CEO of Dadu Luxe, an innovative technology-based luxury fashion retailer based in Saudi Arabia and in the UAE. In 2009, she was appointed Vice President Consulting and Solutions by Colt Technology Group (Fidelity Investments). Between 2004 and 2009 she served as Executive Vice President Global Sales Support as well as Vice President Partner Sales Management for the Deutsche Telekom Group. In 2012, Selina Neri founded Hadaara, a Dubai-based management consultancy focused on innovation, digitalisation and business transformation through technology adoption. Selina Neri has also built a strong track record in higher education. She is Professor of Luxury Marketing, International Marketing and Innovation at HULT International Business School (Shanghai campus) and also serves as Adjunct Professor of International Marketing at HEC Business School (France). Selina Neri lives in Dubai and was elected to the Kuoni Group Board in 2015.
Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-listed companies: Partner in Hadaara FZC, Management Consultancy, registered in the UAE
Unpaid Positions outside Kuoni Group in non-profit organisations: Global Mentor for Women in Business for the Cherie Blair Foundation, London, UK
Official functions: : Senior Industry Advisor for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Professor of Luxury Marketing, International Marketing and Innovation at HULT International Business School, Shanghai, China, Adjunct Professor in International Marketing at HEC Business School, Paris, France