Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Name (year of birth) Position Committees Term
Ends
First
Election
Dr Christoph Franz (1960) Chairman C, D*, E 2018 2011
André Hoffmann (1958)
(representative of the shareholder group with pooled voting rights)
Vice-Chairman A, C*, D, E 2018 1996
Dr Andreas Oeri (1949)
(representative of the shareholder group with pooled voting rights)
A*, E 2018 1996
Prof. Sir John Irving Bell (1952) B, E 2018 2001
Julie Brown (1962) B*, E 2018 2016
Paul Bulcke (1954) B, E 2018 2011
Anita Hauser (1969) A, E 2018 2017
Prof. Dr Richard P. Lifton (1953) C, E 2018 2015
Bernard Poussot (1952) C, E 2018 2015
Dr Severin Schwan (1967) F 2018 2013
Dr Claudia Suessmuth Dyckerhoff (1967) A, B, E 2018 2016
Peter R. Voser (1958) C, E 2018 2011
Former Members of the Board of Directors

CV's as per end of 2013-2017
Secretary to the Board of Directors
Dr Gottlieb A. Keller (1954)
Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr h.c. Fritz Gerber (1929)

A - Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee
B - Audit Committee
C - Remuneration Committee
D - Presidium/Nomination Committee
E - Non-Executive Member
F - Executive Director

* Committee Chairman

Last Update: 2 January 2018

About the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting elects the members of the Board of Directors on a yearly basis with elections in which each nominee is voted on separately.

Board of Directors’ Independence

The majority of the seats on the Board of Directors (BoD) are held by independent directors. With the exception of Dr Severin Schwan, none of the Directors is employed by the company in an executive role.

Roche’s Board of Directors’ independence definition is based on the definition in the ‘Swiss Code of best practice for Corporate Governance’ of 'economiesuisse' and is complemented by the following specific preceding criteria:

In order to be considered as independent, a director must:

  • not have been an employee of the company in an executive function within the last 5 years;
  • not be a family member of an employee of the company, who is or was employed in an executive function by the company or any of its subsidiaries;
  • not be a member the company's senior management;
  • not be (including not be affiliated with a company) an advisor or consultant to the company;
  • have no personal services contract(s) with the company or a member of the company’s senior management;
  • not be affiliated with a not-for-profit entity that receives significant contributions from the company;
  • not have been a partner or employee of the company’s external auditor during the past three years.
  • must not have any other conflict of interest that the BoD itself determines to mean they cannot be considered independent.