Chairman of the Board of Directors
Heinrich Fischer (born 1950; elected until the 2019 Annual General Meeting) is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. Fischer graduated in 1973 with an engineering diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, having studied electrical engineering and technical physics. He then went on to study business administration at the University of Zurich while working in this field, earning a master’s degree in 1976. Beginning in 1977, he held senior management positions at Oerlikon Bührle Holding, Balzers AG (1980 to 1989) and, finally, at Oerlikon Holding once again (1990 to 1995). From 1996 to 2007, he was Chief Executive Officer at Saurer AG, Arbon. Heinrich Fischer is a member of the Board of Directors of Tecan AG and Sensirion AG.
Michael Hilti (born 1946; re-elected to serve until the 2018 Annual General Meeting), son of company founder Professor Martin Hilti, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1990. After studying business administration at the University of St. Gallen he worked in the Chase Manhattan Bank in London before joining Hilti in 1975 as the Deputy Head of Marketing. One year later he was named to the company’s Executive Board and he served as CEO from 1990 to 1993. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2006. Michael Hilti is a Trustee of the Martin Hilti Family Trust, a member of the Board of the Hilti Foundation, and Chairman of the Hilti Art Foundation. He has held numerous directorships, was named an Honorary Senator by the University of St. Gallen, and was named a Princely Commerce Councilor by H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein.
Prof. Dr. Pius Baschera
Pius Baschera (born 1950; re-elected to serve until the 2019 Annual General Meeting) joined the Board of Directors in 2006. He served as its Chairman until April 2017 when he ceded this position to Heinrich Fischer. Baschera studied mechanical engineering and business administration at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, where he earned his doctorate. In 1979, he came to Hilti as Head of Financial Controlling in the production area. Before being named Chairman he served as CEO for 13 years. Since April 2017 he has been Speaker of the Martin Hilti Family Trust. He is a member of Board of Directors of the Schindler Group, Hergiswil, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Vorwerk & Co., Wuppertal, and Ardex GmbH, Witten, and President of the ETH Zurich Foundation.
Kim Fausing (born 1964; re-elected until the 2019 Annual General Meeting) was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Aarhus Teknikum, in Denmark, in 1987, and an MBA degree at Henley Business School, in London, in 1996. His professional career led him to the Hilti Group in 1990, where he served in various management functions in Europe and Asia until 2007. After moving to the Danish Danfoss Group, he was named Chief Operating Officer and member of the executive committee in January 2008. He has chaired since July 2017 as President and CEO. He also is Vice President of SMA A/G, in Kassel, Germany, and Vice President of the Velux Group in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Michael Jacobi
Michael Jacobi (born 1953; re-elected until the 2019 Annual General Meeting) was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. He studied business economics at the University of St. Gallen and at the University of Washington, Seattle, and earned his doctorate from St. Gallen in 1979. From 1978 until 2007 he held various financial management positions in Brazil, the USA and Switzerland at Ciba-Geigy AG and, later, Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc., Basel. He was the company’s Global Chief Financial Officer from 1996 until 2007. Today Michael Jacobi is an independent corporate consultant. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sonova Holding AG, Stäfa, and, since December 2008, a Trustee of the Martin Hilti Family Trust.
Dr. Tis Prager
Tis Prager (born 1948; re-elected until the 2018 Annual General Meeting) has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2006. He earned a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich in 1975, was admitted to the bar of the Canton of Zurich in 1978 and is a founding member of the Prager Dreifuss law firm in Zurich and Bern, which specializes in international business law. Among other mandates, Tis Prager is the Chairman of the Board of Scherer & Bühler AG, Meggen; the Hotel Zurich AG (Marriott), Zurich, and Emil Hitz AG, Bassersdorf. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bourquin Group, Couvet, of the Diogenes Verlag AG, Zurich, as well as former Chairman of both IE Engineering Group AG, Zurich, and Caprez Ingenieure AG, Chur. He is also active in STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Barbara Milian Thoralfsson
Barbara Milian Thoralfsson (born 1959; re-elected until the 2020 Annual General Meeting) was elected to the Board of Directors in September 2014. She has an MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University in New York and a BA in psychology from Duke University in North Carolina. Barbara Milian Thoralfsson has held CEO positions in the telecom and consumer goods sectors, and has extensive experience as a non-executive director, in both public and privately held global companies. Since 2006 she has been an entrepreneur in the industrial sector (Fleming Industrier AS, Oslo) and, since 2007, has been an Industrial Advisor of EQT Partners AS, Oslo. She is Chairwoman of ColArt International Holdings Ltd, London, and is a member of the Board and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of SCA AB, Stockholm. She also holds board mandates with G4S Plc, London, and Norfolier GreenTec AS, Oslo.