Heinz Kundert

Chairman of the Board
Born 1952, Swiss citizen

Heinz Kundert served as CEO of the VAT Group from 2015 to 2018, which he transformed from a family owned company into a stock-listed industrial group. His carrier started in various management positions in Europe and Asia for Oerlikon-Buehrle, Balzers & Leybold. Later he became CEO of Unaxis, a global supplier of Thin Films Equipment and Critical High-Vacuum Components. Heinz Kundert also served over 10 years as Vice President of SEMI International, the global semiconductor industry association headquartered in USA. Currently, he is Vice Chairman of the VAT Group, Board Member of Variosystems AG in Switzerland and Advisory Board Member of the Fraunhofer Microelectronic Society in Germany. He holds certificates in mechanical engineering, industry management (ITA) and marketing management from FAH at the University of St. Gallen. Heinz Kundert has a successful track record of more than 20 years of senior management in the global semiconductor and related industries and experience in the successful implementation of corporate strategies that deliver sustainable, profitable growth.

Rolf Huber

Vice Chairman of the Board
Born 1965; Swiss citizen; Dipl. Ing. ETH

Rolf Huber has been an independent entrepreneur and partner in Ceres Capital AG since 2001. In the course of this activity, Rolf Huber has worked in a number of interim roles at various companies, including CEO of Teleplan International N.V. From 1998 to 2001, he was CFO of the Hero Group and finance director of Hero AG Switzerland. He was a member of the executive committee of Coop Switzerland from 1997 to 1998 and a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Switzerland, from 1993 to 1997. Rolf Huber holds a degree in agronomy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Gian-Luca Bona

Member of the Board
Born in 1957; Swiss citizen; Dr. sc. nat. ETH Zurich

Since 2009 Dr. Bona has been CEO of Empa, the Swiss federal research institution based in Dübendorf, St. Gallen and Thun. From 1988 to 2009, Dr. Bona worked at IBM in a number of capacities. From 1998 he was head of the photonics section at IBM’s Zurich research laboratory in Rüschlikon. In 2004 he became functional manager of various research departments at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and from 2008 to 2009 he was director of IBM Tape Storage Solutions, Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Bona received a physics degree from ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in 1983, followed in 1987 by a Ph.D. in physics. In 2009 he was appointed professor at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne.

Mariel Hoch

Member of the Board
Born in 1973; Swiss citizen; Dr. iur.

Mariel Hoch graduated from the University of Zurich as a Dr. iur. in 2003 and was called to the bar in 2005. She is a Partner in the law firm Bär & Karrer AG in Zurich. Since the very start of her professional career, she has dealt with issues of business law and now primarily advises listed companies on almost all matters ranging from M&A transactions to stock exchange and company law. The COMET Group will able to draw on Dr. Hoch's knowledge and experience of legal matters. At Bär & Karrer, she is also involved in personnel management and will also be able to put her expertise in this area at the service of the Compensation Committee of COMET Holding AG.

Franz Richter

Member of the Board
Born in 1955; German national; Dr. Ing.

Following scientific posts with the Carl Zeiss Group and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, he spent 14 years working for the German company Süss Microtec, the last six of them as its CEO. After serving as President of Semiconductor Equipment at Unaxis (now OC Oerlikon) in Switzerland, he set up Thin Materials GmbH in Germany and became its CEO. Among his other current commitments, he sits on the board of directors of the Swiss Meyer Burger Technology AG in Thun. Dr. Richter's career has taken him to various countries, where he has specialized in technology management issues, especially in the semiconductor industry, where he is considered as being a leading expert.

Patrick Jany

Member of the Board

Born 1965, German citizen living in Switzerland, Business Administration (ESCP, Paris)

Patrick Jany has been CFO and a member of the Clariant Executive Committee since 2006. He has held various financial positions at Clariant since 1995, including Head of Controlling for the Pigments & Additives Division, Regional Manager for Asia and Mexico, and Head of Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Legal. As Head of Group Development, he shaped strategic development and M&A activities.

Christoph Kutter

Member of the Board
Born 1965, German citizen, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Christoph Kutter has been director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich since 2012. He is also a member of the supervisory board of First Sensor AG, listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, as well as a member of the supervisory and advisory boards of various public institutions in Germany for several years.
During his 17-year career in the semiconductor industry, he was, among other things, a major contributor to the turnaround of the communications division at Siemens Semicenductors/Infineon Technologies AG.
He has a broad understanding of technology with expertise in components, systems and software.