At the next scheduled Annual General Meeting on 30 April 2015, the Board of Directors of Alpiq Holding Ltd. will nominate Jens Alder to be elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He will replace Hans E. Schweickardt, who has reached the age of 70 and has therefore decided not to run for a further term.
Since Alpiq was founded in January 2009, Hans E. Schweickardt has decisively shaped the company with his comprehensive knowledge of the electricity market and his extensive national and international network. The merger of the Swiss energy companies Atel and EOS was completed under his leadership. During his time as Chairman, Alpiq has become the largest Swiss energy company with a European reach. In 2012, he engineered a comprehensive restructuring programme, which kicked off the transformation of the group.
Jens Alder (57), a Swiss citizen, has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the ETH Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau. He worked for Alcatel for a total of 14 years, in his last position as the head of the telecommunications department in Switzerland. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the telecommunications department of Motor-Columbus for two years. In 1998, he began working for Swisscom, where he took on the role of CEO from 1999 to 2006. He led the Danish telecommunications company TDC A/S from 2006 to 2008. Since 2008, Jens Alder has been a professional member of boards of directors. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sanitas Health Insurance (Zurich), BG Consulting Engineers (Lausanne) and the Goldbach Group (Küsnacht), and further sits on the Board of Directors of the software company CA Technologies (New York, USA). Since 1 January 2010, Jens Alder has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IWB Industrielle Werke Basel; however, he will be resigning from this position by the next Annual General Meeting.