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Dr Pietro Supino

Chairman and Publisher

Dr Pietro Supino (CH/I/1965) was elected to the Board of Directors in 1991 and took on the position of Publisher and Chairman in 2007. As such, he manages the holding company and is Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the three Group companies Goldbach, 20 Minuten and Tamedia. In addition, he is a member of various bodies of companies belonging to the Group or in which the Group holds an interest (namely the Boards of Direct­ors of JobCloud Ltd and SMG Swiss Marketplace Group Ltd). Beyond the Group, he is actively involved in the industry in his capa­city as President of the Swiss Media Association and is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Italian media firm Gruppo Editoriale (GEDI), which publishes the daily newspapers La Repubblica, La Stampa and Il Secolo XIX. Pietro Supino completed his studies in law and economics with a doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. He also gained a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was admitted to the Zurich bar. He attended the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, which prepared him well for his future as a publisher. He is currently a member of the Board of Visitors. Pietro Supino is a member of the founding family, which is linked by a shareholders’ agreement and jointly holds a majority stake in TX Group.

Martin Kall

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Lead Director as well as Chairman of the Compensation Committee

Martin Kall (CH/D/1961) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2013 and its Vice Chairman and Lead Director since 2020 as well as Chairman of the Compen­sation Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Goldbach and 20 Minuten. Beyond TX Group, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Prevanto AG, which specialises in pensions services. From April 2002 until December 2012, Martin Kall was CEO of TX Group. Before working for TX Group, Martin Kall was a member of Ringier AG Group Management, where he headed up both the European Publishing division and the Swiss Magazines division. Prior to that, he was with Bertelsmann Group, finishing as CEO of Bertelsmann Fachinformation GmbH in Munich. In 1989, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed his studies in history and economics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1987 with a degree in economics.

Pascale Bruderer

Member of the Audit Committee

Pascale Bruderer (CH/1977) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2020. She is also a member of the Audit Committee and the board of directors at various Tamedia companies. She is a partner and executive member of the Board of Directors of the IT start-up Crossiety, and also holds directorships at BernExpo AG and the Galenica Group. She is an honorary Member of the Board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. A political scientist with a Master’s degree from the University of Zurich, she looks back on a long political career as a former Member of the National Council, President of the National Council and Member of the Council of States, which she ended in 2019 in favour of a move into business.

Pierre Lamunière

Member of the Compensation Committee

Pierre Lamunière (CH/1950) has been a member of the Board of Directors since May 2009. He is also a member of the Compensation Committee and the board of directors at various Tamedia companies. After completing his studies in the US (MBA Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Pierre Lamunière joined the Edipresse Group in 1977. From 1987, he headed up the company as General Mana­ger, and in 1998 he was named Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors. From 1997 to 2002, Pierre Lamunière served on the Board of Directors of Swiss Post. From March 2008 to 2016, he was on the Board of Directors of Banque Cantonal Vaudoise (BCV). He is Chairman of Lamunière Holding SA and its subsidiaries. Pierre Lamunière is also a member of the Mana­gement Board of the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP), on which he served as Chairman from 2007 to 2009.

Sverre Munck

Chairman of the Audit Committee

Sverre Munck (N/1953) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2018. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee and on the board of directors at various Tamedia companies. Dr Sverre Munck is an investor and professional director too – including, for example, in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Oslo Science Park. He was Head of Corporate Strategy and Corporate Devel­opment at Schibsted ASA and headed up the International Editorial division until September 2013. He joined the business as Chief Financial Officer in 1994 and became Exe­cutive Vice President of the Multimedia division in 1998. Sverre Munck studied economics at Yale University and received his PhD from Stanford University in 1983. After completing his studies, he worked as an advisor to the Nor­wegian Mini­stry of Finance and at McKinsey & Company Inc. from 1984 to 1987. He later joined the Management Board at Loki AS.

Konstantin Richter

Member of the Audit Committee

Konstantin Richter (D/1971) has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2004. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors at Goldbach and is on the board of directors at various Tamedia companies. He began his professional career in 1997 as an assistant editor at the media trade magazine Columbia Journalism Review in New York. He was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Brussels from 1999 to 2001, and from 2004 to 2005 was the Co-Managing Director of the Rogner & Bernhard publishing company in Hamburg and Berlin. He is currently publisher of the New Zealand magazine North & South and works and lives as a freelance author and journalist in Auckland and Berlin. He is the author of the novels “Bettermann” (2007), “Kafka war jung und brauchte das Geld” (2011) and “Die Kanzlerin – Eine Fiktion” (2017). He is a regular contributor to Die Zeit and Die Welt and is also a contributing writer for the US news portal Politico. He was awarded the German Reporter Prize in 2011 for an article in Die Zeit. Konstantin Richter has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Edinburgh University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Konstantin Richter is a member of the founding family, which is linked by a shareholders’ agreement and jointly holds a majority stake in TX Group.

Andreas Schulthess

Member of the Compensation Committee

Andreas Schulthess (CH/1970) has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2019, having previously been a member from 2007 to 2013. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at 20 Minuten. He began his career in 1993, working part-time as a student trainee in TX Group’s Human Resources Department. After completing his university studies, he became an IT business consultant in 2000, specialising in new technologies and e-business at Applied International Informatics and Cap Gemini (Switzerland) Ltd. After training as a coach and gaining relevant work experience in the field of management and personal devel­opment, he returned to operational human resources. From 2005 to 2011, he headed up Human Resources Management Switzerland at Swiss Life Schweiz AG. From 2011 to 2015, he devoted his attention to a family foundation and took care of various HR projects before joining Swiss Re Ltd in Zurich as Head HR Switzerland, a position he held until 2018. Andreas Schulthess graduated from the University of Zurich in 1999 with a master’s degree in economics. He also completed a postgraduate programme, obtaining Master of Advanced Studies ZFH in Human Res­ources Management from the Institute for Applied Psychology in Zurich. Andreas Schulthess is a member of the founding family, which is linked by a shareholders’ agreement and jointly holds a majority stake in TX Group.

Christoph Tonini

Christoph Tonini (CH/I/1969) has been a member of the Board of Directors at TX Group since July 2020. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Goldbach and, beyond TX Group, at the Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Zürichsee Medien AG and Mühlemann & Popp Online Media AG. Besides this, he is a voluntary member of the Board of Trustees at the children’s charity Right to Play. From 2013 until summer 2020, Christoph Tonini was Chief Executive Officer of TX Group. He first joined the business in 2003 as Head of Finance, before assuming responsibility for the Services division as well from 2004. From 2008 to 2012, he headed up the Newspapers Switzerland and Media Switzerland divisions and was responsible most recently for the Digital division and 20 Minuten. He was also Deputy CEO from 2007. Before joining TX Group, he held various positions at Ringier between 1998 and 2003, last as CEO in Hungary and Romania. Christoph Tonini completed an MBA at the University of St. Gallen from 2001 to 2003. The trained offset printer also completed an engineering degree at the Swiss Engineering School for Printing and Packaging (esig) in Lausanne from 1990 to 1993.