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Sonova Holding AG (SOON.S)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Arnd Kaldowski

51 2018 Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer

Robert Spoerry

63 2011 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Beat Hess

69 2012 Non-Executive Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

Hartwig Grevener

52 2012 Member of the Management Board, Chief Financial Officer

Hans Mehl

59 2007 Group Vice President - Operations, Member of the Management Board

Claudio Bartesaghi

45 2017 Group Vice President Corporate Human Resources Management (HRM) & Communications, Member of the Management Board

Claude Diversi

54 2016 Group Vice President Hearing Instruments Wholesale, Member of the Management Board

Hansjuerg Emch

50 2011 Group Vice President Cochlear Implants, Member of the Management Board

Christophe Fond

52 2017 Group Vice President Retail, Member of the Management Board

Martin Grieder

53 2016 Group Vice President Hearing Instruments Marketing, Member of the Management Board

Andreas Vonlanthen

57 2012 Group Vice President - Research & Development, Member of the Management Board

Lukas Braunschweiler

62 2018 Non-Executive Director

Lynn Bleil

55 2016 Non-Executive Independent Director

Michael Jacobi

65 2003 Non-Executive Independent Director

Stacy Seng

54 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Ronald van der Vis

51 2009 Non-Executive Independent Director

Anssi Vanjoki

62 2009 Non-Executive Independent Director

Jinlong Wang

61 2013 Non-Executive Independent Director

Thomas Bernhardsgruetter

Director Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Arnd Kaldowski

Mr. Arnd Kaldowski has been Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer at Sonova Holding Ltd. since April 1, 2018. He was Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Management Board of the Company from October 1, 2017. He joined Sonova from Danaher Corporation, where he served in various leadership capacities since 2008, most recently as Group Executive of the Diagnostics Platform and President Beckman Coulter Diagnostics. He served as Senior Vice President Point-of-Care Solutions at Siemens Medical, following his previous assignments as Investment Director of Atila Ventures and as a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Kaldowski holds a Master of Science in Physics from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Robert Spoerry

Mr. Robert F. Spoerry has been Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since March 30, 2011. Previously, he served as Non-Executive Director at the Company from 2003 till March 30, 2011. He also serves as Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. He is also the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Mettler Toledo International Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of precision instruments and related services for use in laboratory, manufacturing, and food retailing applications. He joined Mettler Toledo in 1983 and was Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2007. He led the buyout of Mettler- Toledo from Ciba-Geigy in 1996, and the company’s subsequent Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1997. In 1998, he was nominated as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Robert F. Spoerry graduated in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Beat Hess

Dr. Beat W. Hess, Ph.D., has been Non-Executive Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. on June 19, 2012. He serves on the Nomination and Compensation Committee. From 1988 to 2003, he served as General Counsel of ABB Group and, from 2003 to 2011, as Group Legal Director and member of the Group Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc. He studied at the Universities of Geneva, Freiburg, and Miami, is an attorney-at-law and holds a doctorate in Law. Dr. Hess is Member of the Board of Directors of Nestle S.A. and Chairman of LafargeHolcim Ltd.

Hartwig Grevener

Mr. Hartwig Grevener has been Member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Sonova Holding Ltd. since August 1, 2012. Before joining the Company, he was Group CFO of Jet Aviation, a business group of General Dynamics. From 2001 to 2006 he was CFO for the European operations of Gate Gourmet. His previous professional experience includes positions at Hapag-Lloyd, a German logistics group, A.T. Kearney management consultants, and BMW. Mr. Grevener holds a Diploma in business administration and mechanical engineering from the TU University of Berlin (1991) as well as a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (1994).

Hans Mehl

Mr. Hans Mehl has been Group Vice President - Operations, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since April 1, 2007. Before joining Sonova, he held various international leadership positions within the Siemens Group in the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, and Switzerland. In his last position, he acted as Co-Division Head of the Fire and Security business at Siemens Building Technologies in Zug, Switzerland. Between 2000 and 2003, he was Chief Financial Officer of Global Health Services at Siemens Medical Group in Philadelphia. Before that he was a member of the executive management of Siemens Audiology Group. He completed his education in business administration in Germany.

Claudio Bartesaghi

Mr. Claudio Bartesaghi has been Group Vice President Corporate Human Resources Management (HRM) & Communications, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since October 1, 2017. He gained international experience in his long-time career at Sonova not least in his positions as Head of HRM & Organizational Development of Sonova North America, based in the United States, and as Head of HRM Sonova APAC, based in Singapore. Before joining Sonova in 2010, Mr. Bartesaghi was Deputy Head of HRM at Jelmoli Holding AG in Zürich. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and a Master of Advanced Studies in HRM from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW, Fachhochschule Basel).

Claude Diversi

Mr. Claude Diversi has been Group Vice President Hearing Instruments Wholesale, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since April 2016. He joined the Sonova Group in March 2005 as Managing Director of Phonak France. He was Vice President Hearing Instruments Phonak Wholesale for the Region Europe and South America from May 2012 until March 2016. Mr. Diversi has a track record as a sales executive with a broad experience in all disciplines of sales, including reporting, sales force management, and executing trade marketing strategies. Prior to joining Phonak, he worked in sales management positions in companies such as British American Tobacco, Dowbrands & Melitta Europe, Pillsbury, and Kraft Foods France. Mr. Diversi majored in international business at the University of Paris Descartes in France.

Hansjuerg Emch

Mr. Hansjuerg Emch resigned as Group Vice President Cochlear Implants, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. with effect from April 1, 2019, a position he has held since March 1, 2011. Before joining Sonova, he was President of the Global Spine division of Synthes, the implant manufacturer. During his time at Synthes he held various positions and gained broad specialist and management skills, including experience in general management, sales, product and business development, as well as clinical and regulatory affairs in the United States and Europe. Mr. Emch has a Master of Science and Engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Christophe Fond

Mr. Christophe Fond has been Group Vice President Retail, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since February 1, 2017. Most recently, he held the role of President Latin America and at the same time supported the expansion in Asia and the United States. In addition, he was a member of the Executive Board of GrandVision. During his tenure, the business expanded rapidly supported by both network expansion and acquisitions, providing him with experience in managing integration activities and optimizing business processes across all functional areas. Prior to joining GrandVision he held various roles of increasing responsibility at Pearle, Bata and FNAC. Mr. Fond received a Master of Business Administration from IMD-Switzerland and graduated from the Superior School of Military Engineering (ESAG) in France.

Martin Grieder

Mr. Martin Grieder has been Group Vice President Hearing Instruments Marketing, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since September 2016. He was Member of the Management Board, Vice President Phonak at Sonova Holding Ltd. from August 2014. He joined Sonova from Nestle, where he was Vice President and Global Head of Nestle BabyNes. Mr. Grieder joined Nestle in 1992 and brings over 20 years of experience in senior management roles within the company. His diversified cross-functional work experience in 18 countries ranges from leading the global Nespresso professional division to managing Nestle Nespresso North America. Further senior roles at Nestle include Vice President, Head of Finance for the Americas and Head Nestle Group Audit as well as R&D Head for Food & Beverage systems solutions for the Nestle Group. Mr. Grieder received a Master of Business Administration degree from IMD-Switzerland and a Bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Applied Science and Arts (FHNW) in Basel.

Andreas Vonlanthen

Mr. Andreas (Andi) Vonlanthen has been Group Vice President - Research & Development, Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd. since April 1, 2012. He started his professional career at Phonak in 1984 in the area of product development, where he contributed significantly to a number of technological innovations and product launches. As one of many innovations, he developed the first ever multi-microphone system for hearing instruments, which revolutionized the entire industry. From 2002 to 2004, he was Vice President R&D at Unitron. As of 2004 he was responsible for the Group System Integration function. Mr. Vonlanthen received a degree in electronic engineering at the School of Engineering (HTL) Brugg Windisch, Switzerland in 1984.

Lukas Braunschweiler

Dr. Lukas Braunschweiler has been Non-Executive Director at Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 2018. He was Member of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sonova Holding Ltd. from November 1, 2011 to March 31, 2018. Before joining the Company, he was CEO of the Swiss technology group RUAG. From 2002 to 2009, as President & CEO, he headed the Dionex Corporation. The California-based company, active in the life sciences industry, was listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Prior to this, he worked from 1995 to 2002 in various group executive positions in Switzerland and the United States for Mettler Toledo, a precision instruments manufacturer. He received a Master of Science in analytical chemistry (1982) and was awarded a Ph.D. in physical chemistry (1985) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He is Member of the Board of Directors of the Schweiter Technology Group and, as of April 2018, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tecan Group AG and Member of the Board of Directors of Sulzer Ltd.

Lynn Bleil

Ms. Lynn Dorsey Bleil has been Non-Executive Independent Director of Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 2016. She retired as Senior Partner (Director) from McKinsey&Company in the United States in 2013 after more than 25 years of advising senior management and boards of leading healthcare companies on corporate and business unit strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and public policy across all segments of the healthcare value chain. She was also a member of Board of Directors of Auspex Pharmaceuticals until May 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is Member of the Board of Directors of Stericycle, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors of DST Systems, Inc. and Member of the Governing Board of Intermountain Healthcare (Park City Hospital).

Michael Jacobi

Dr. Michael Jacobi has been Non-Executive Independent Director of Sonova Holding Ltd. since 2003. He serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He has worked as an independent consultant since 2007. From 1996 to 2007, he was Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. Prior to this, since 1978, he held various management positions in the area of finance at Ciba-Geigy Group in Brazil, the United States, and in Switzerland. He studied economics and business administration at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at the Harvard Business School in Boston. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen in 1979. He is Member of the Board of Hilti AG and Member of the Board of Trustees of Martin Hilti Family Trust.

Stacy Seng

Ms. Stacy Enxing Seng has been Non-Executive Independent Director at Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 17, 2014. She serves on the Nomination and Compensation Committee. She previously served as an Executive in Residence for Covidien, as well as President of Covidien’s Vascular Therapies division. She joined Covidien in July 2010 through its acquisition of ev3 where she was a founding member and executive officer responsible for leading ev3’s Peripheral Vascular Division from inception. She has also held various positions at Boston Scientific, SCIMED Life Systems Inc., Baxter Healthcare, and American Hospital Supply. She received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Michigan State University. She is Member of the Board of Directors of Solace Therapeutics, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors of Claret, Inc. and Venture Partner at Lightstone Ventures.

Ronald van der Vis

Mr. Ronald van der Vis has been Non-Executive Independent Director of Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 10, 2009. He serves on the Audit Committee. He was Executive Director of the Board and Group Chief Executive Officer of Esprit Holdings Limited, a global fashion and lifestyle company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, from 2009 until November 2012. Prior to this, since 1998, he held various general management positions at Pearle Europe (now GrandVision NV). He was Chief Executive Officer of the Pearle Europe group from 2004 to 2009. He graduated from the Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands and received his Master’s degree in business administration from the Alliance Manchester Business School. He is Operating Partner, Co-Investor and Industry Advisor and has been Member of the Board of Directors of Beter Bed Holding N.V.

Anssi Vanjoki

Mr. Anssi Vanjoki has been Non-Executive Independent Director of Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 10, 2009. He is Member of the Audit Committee at the Company. He is Professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology and Individual Multicontributor of RKBS Oy, a technology start-up investment company. He was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nokia until March 2011 and member of the Nokia Group Executive Board from 1998 to 2011. He has a Master’s degree in business administration from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. He is Chairman of the Board of Oriola Corporation, Vice-Chairman of the board of Elisa Corporation and anchor investor and Chairman of small technology companies.

Jinlong Wang

Mr. Jinlong Wang has been Non-Executive Independent Director at Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 2013. He currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at PizzaExpress Group Holdings Limited and as managing director/operating partner at Hony Capital. Previously, he held a number of senior positions at Starbucks including Senior Vice President of Starbucks Corp., President of Starbucks Asia Pacific Region, Chairman and President of Starbucks Greater China Region, Head of the Law & Corporate Affairs department and Vice President International Business Development. He started his career as a government official in the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade in China. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in International Economics and Trade from the University of International Economics and Trade in Beijing in 1982 and received his Juris Doctor degree at Columbia School of Law, Columbia University, in 1988.

Thomas Bernhardsgruetter