The Board of Directors and Management

The Board of Directors is the company’s senior management body. The powers of the Board of Directors are set out in the Swiss Code of Obligations as well as in Phoenix Mecano AG’s Articles of Incorporation. The members of the Board of Directors are elected individually by the Shareholders’ General Meeting for a term of one year until the end of the next ordinary Shareholders’ General Meeting. The Board of Directors currently comprises the following five members.

Board of Directors

Benedikt A. Goldkamp

Executive Chairman
Dipl. Finanzwirt, MBA Duke University
Place of Residence: Lufingen (Switzerland)

  • Born 1969
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2000. As of 1 June 2016 Executive Chairman
  • Gained a degree in financial consultancy, followed by a Master’s in Business Administration.
  • 1996 – 1997 Worked as an auditor and strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. 1998 – 2000 Managed the Group’s own production facility in Hungary and several Group-internal restructuring projects.
  • Has been a member of the management and Board of Directors of Phoenix Mecano AG since 2000.

Dr Florian Ernst

Dipl. Wirtschaftsprüfer, Dr oec. HSG
Place of Residence: Zollikon (Switzerland)

  • Born 1966
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2003
  • Graduated as Dr oec. HSG in 1996, qualified as an auditor in 1999.
  • Worked as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche AG in Zurich until 1999. Then held various positions in the banking sector, including as a mergers & acquisitions and as a consultant and the CFO of an alternative investment company in Pfäffikon, Schwyz.
  • 2008 – 2015 occupied a number of posts at Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) AG, Zurich, including as Global Head Private Equity Distribution and advising clients in the Asset & Wealth Management Division.
  • Since 2016 has performed various assignments, with a focus on private markets, as a partner at Finerco GmbH, Zollikon

Dr Martin Furrer

Lawyer, Dr iur., MBA INSEAD,
Place of Residence: Zumikon (Switzerland)

  • Born 1965
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2003
  • Gained a doctorate in law (Dr iur.) from Zurich University, then an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, and passed the bar examination of the Canton of Zurich.
  • Started out as a lawyer for Baker McKenzie in Sydney, then became a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Co in Zurich. Has been back working as a lawyer for Baker McKenzie in Zurich since 1997, specialising in mergers & acquisitions, real estate transactions, private equity and employee participation models.
  • Since 2002 Partner at Baker McKenzie.
  • Since 2021 Member of the Board of Directors of PILATUS Flugzeugwerke AG, Stans, Switzerland.

Ulrich Hocker

Lead Director
Place of Residence: Dusseldorf (Germany)

  • Born 1950
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 1988. 2003 - 2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Trained as a banker
  • Law degree, attorney at law
  • Manager at Germany's oldest and largest association for private investors, Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e. V. (DSW) from 1985 to November 2011, and DSW President since 21 November 2011.

Beat Siegrist

Dipl.-Ing. ETH, MBA Fontainebleau, McKinsey Fellowship
Place of Residence: Herrliberg (Switzerland)

  • Born 1960
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2003
  • Gained the following qualifications: Dipl. Ing. ETH in 1985, MBA INSEAD, Fontainebleau and McKinsey Fellowship.
  • 1985 – 1986 development engineer for data transfer with Contraves.
  • 1987 – 1993 consultant and project manager at McKinsey & Co. responsible for reorganisation and turnaround projects in the machine industry.
  • 1993 – 1996 founder and CEO of Outsourcing AG.
  • 1996 – 2008 CEO of Schweiter Technologies, Horgen.
  • 2008 – 2012 CEO of the Satisloh Group and member of the Management Committee of Essilor.
  • Since 2008 member and from 2011 to 2023 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Schweiter Technologies, Horgen.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of INFICON Holding AG, Bad Ragaz, since 2010.
  • 2013 – 2018 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Garaventa Accessibility AG, Goldau.

Dr Anna Hocker

PhD in Entrepreneurship, MSc. Management & Technologie
Place of Residence: Munich

  • Born in 1991
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2023
  • 2010 to 2013 Bachelor of Science in Management at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany
  • 2014 to 2016 Master of Science in Management & Technology: Entrepreneurship & Informatics from the Technical University of Munich
  • 2020 to 2022 Doctorate at the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute of the Technical University of Dortmund on the subject of Entrepreneurial Behavior
  • 2017 to 2023 strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, in the areas of organisational development, M&A and IPO support, digital go-to-market strategy, restructuring of country organisations, and sales and channel strategy, among others
  • 2020 and 2021 doctoral research stay at Hubert Burda Media including in corporate business development, corporate HR and B2B marketing at BurdaVerlag
  • Since 2023 Executive Search & Leadership Advisory Consultant at Spencer Stuart & Associates with responsibility for the Digital Native clients 

Claudine Hatebur de Calderón

Executive MBA University of St.Gallen (HSG)
Place of residence: Zurich

  • Born in 1973
  • Member of the Board of Directors since 2023
  • Various training programmes in board-level leadership, sales and marketing, and strategic and business management at HSG
  • 1996 to 2008 worked for various companies – in the medical technology and automotive industries, among others – focusing on entry to the Swiss market as well as communication and marketing
  • 1998 to 2009 member of the Board of Directors of Cofinanz Hatebur AG
  • Since 2009 sole proprietor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cofinanz Hatebur AG and of Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
  • 2009 to 2012 member of the Board of Directors of Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
  • Since 2012 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
  • 2016 Acquisition of Carlo Salvi Spa, Garlate – Italy
  • Since 2017 Board member at Swissmem

The Management

Dr Rochus Kobler

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. oec. HSG, Dipl.-Ing. ETH/MSc
Place of Residence: Unterägeri (Switzerland)

  • Born 1969
  • 1994 Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Systems, MSc from Brunel University, London
  • 1995 a degree in Industrial and Business Engineering from the ETH, Zurich
  • 1997 PhD in Economics
  • Between 1997 and 2002, Dr Kobler served as a strategy consultant at McKinsey, working in its Zurich, Chicago and Johannesburg offices.
  • From 2002 to 2010 he was the CEO, delegate of the Board of Directors and shareholder of the Gutta Group, an international company active in the technical construction materials sector.
  • He was COO from 1 September 2010 to May 2016, and in June 2016 became CEO with responsibility for the operational management of the Phoenix Mecano Group.

René Schäffeler

Chief Financial Officer
Dipl. Experte in Accounting and Controlling
Place of Residence: Stein am Rhein (Switzerland)

  • Born 1966
  • Certified accountant/controller.
  • Commercial training and active for several years in the banking sector.
  • Has been at Phoenix Mecano since 1989.
  • Controller (until 1991),
  • Head of the Group Accounting Department (1992–1996)
  • Deputy Director of Finances and Controlling (1997–2000)
  • He has been a director and CFO since 2000.
  • In this post he is responsible for finances, group accounting,
    controlling, taxes, law and IT.

Ines Kljucar

Chief Commercial Officer 
MSc International Management / MBA INSEAD
Place of Residence: Zurich (Switzerland)

  • Born 1980
  • 2006 MSc Corporate Finance, International Management, Humboldt University Berlin / Germany
  • 2013 Executive MBA, INSEAD, Fontainebleau / France
  • 2006 – 2010 Senior Consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  • 2010 – 2015 Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, Bosch Building Technologies
  • 2015 – 2016 Head of Strategic Marketing, M&A at Körber Pharma
  • 2016 – 2019 Deputy COO of the Phoenix Mecano Group
  • 2019 – 2022 Head of International Sales & Marketing with operational responsibility for international Phoenix Mecano sales companies and the Phoenix Mecano Linear product area
  • Since 2023 in charge of Digitalization, Marketing, Sales and M&A as well as strategic initiatives to develop new business models as Chief Commercial Officer

Dr. Lothar Schunk

Chief Operating Officer 
PhD Mechanical Engineering / BSc Economics
Place of Residence: Zurich (Switzerland)

  • Born 1978
  • 2004 MSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2005 MSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Stuttgart
  • 2008 PhD Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich
  • 2010 BSc Economics, Distance Learning University Hagen
  • 2008 – 2010 Project Manager Thin Film Fabs at Oerlikon Solar
  • 2010 – 2014 Strategy Consultant at Boston Consulting Group, most recently as Project Manager
  • 2014 – 2016 Director Process Office at Sidel, Tetra Laval Group
  • 2016 – 2019 Deputy COO of the Phoenix Mecano Group
  • 2019 – 2022 Head of Operations & Technology with operational responsibility for parts of the Industrial Components division
  • Since 2023 Strategic Management of the Phoenix Mecano Group's global network of production, technology and competence centers as Chief Operating Officer

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