Board of Directors

Thomas A. Erb, Chairman


Born 1945, Swiss

Thomas A. Erb was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, he was CEO of MBT Construction Chemicals (a Division of SANDOZ Ltd. which later became part of SKW AG and Degussa AG), a world-leading manufacturer of construction chemicals. Previously he had spent close to 20 years in CEO positions in European countries as well as in Asia. Thomas A. Erb studied Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, followed by studies in Business Administration and Management in Basel, Switzerland, and England.

Michael Pieper, Vice Chairman


Born 1946, Swiss

Michael Pieper owns Franke since 1989 and was CEO of the Group until 2012. Prior to joining Franke, Michael Pieper worked several years in the US in different positions in banking. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (lic.oec.HSG). Michael Pieper is a board member of several Swiss companies including Forbo, AFG, Autoneum, AdvalTech, Rieter, Hero and Berenberg Bank AG.

Andreas Hauswirth, Non Executive Director


Born 1954, Swiss

Dr. Andreas Hauswirth joined Franke as Assistant to Group Management. In 1994 he became member of Group Management of Franke. He is responsible for the Artemis Real Estate Group. Prior to joining Franke Dr. Andreas Hauswirth worked as a legal advisor for OBT Treuhand AG. Dr. Andreas Hauswirth earned a law degree and doctorate from the University Berne, Switzerland (Dr.iur).

Christian Mäder, Non Executive Director


Born 1969, Swiss

Christian Mäder joined the Franke Group as a member of the Board of Directors in May 2015. He has many years of experience in executive positions in finance and an extensive management expertise. Since May 2015, he is also CFO of the Artemis Group. Prior to that, he was CFO of the Swisslog Group and member of the Group Executive Committee. Earlier, he held management positions at companies like KPMG and Colenco (Motor-Columbus Group). Christian Mäder is a Swiss certified expert in accounting and controlling.

Michael Soormann, Non Executive Director


Born 1958, German

Dr. Michael Soormann joined Franke as Director Artemis International AG. He has an international background and got wide experience in Internal Auditing and Finance as he worked as Head of Finance and Administration at MBT Bautechnik GmbH and MBT (Switzerland) AG and also as General Manager of MBT (Switzerland) AG as well as BASF Construction Chemicals (Switzerland) AG. Dr. Michael Soormann holds a PhD in Economical Science from the University in Kiel, Germany.