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Group Executive Management


The Group Executive Management is CPH's supreme management body, and is entrusted with managing operations. It is primarily responsible for implementing the strategy established by the Board of Directors, enforcing the company policy, and controlling and coordinating the business divisions. Members of the group management are appointed by the Board of Directors.


The group is led by the CEO. The Group Executive Management also includes the heads of the Chemistry, Paper and Packaging divisions, as well as the head of Finance/IR/Property/IT.



Peter Schildknecht


Peter Schildknecht


Dr. sc. techn.

Swiss national


Alois Waldburg-Zeil


Alois Waldburg-Zeil

Head of the Chemistry Division

Dr. iur.

Austrian national


Klemens Gottstein


Klemens Gottstein

Head of the Paper Division

Industrial engineer and paper manufacturer, MBA

German national


Wolfgang Grimm


Wolfgang Grimm

Head of the Packaging Division

BA Diploma in Business Administration

German national



Richard Unterhuber


Swiss Federal Diploma in Business Administration, MBA

Swiss and Italian National


Richard Unterhuber, CFO

1967, Swiss and an Italian national, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the CPH Group in 2016. Having earned a Swiss Federal FH Diploma in Business Administration, he is also a Certified Management Accountant and the holder of an MBA.


From 2006 to 2016 Richard Unterhuber served as CFO and a member of the Group Executive Management of the internationally active Multi-Contact AG industrial group based in Allschwil, near Basel. Prior to this he had spent over ten years holding leading financial and controlling positions with various further industrial companies: he was Head of Controlling for the Aarau Post Directorate from 1995 to 1997, Business Controller at DCL Data Center Luzern AG from 1997 to 1998, Head of Commerce and a member of the Group Executive Management of Sarnatech (Schweiz) AG from 1998 to 2001 and Head of Shared Services and CFO of SCA Packaging Switzerland AG from 2001 to 2006.

Wolfgang Grimm, Head of the Packaging Division

1957, BA Diploma in Business Administration, German national, joined the then Perlen Group as its Head of Packaging in 1998. He was appointed to his present position in 2003.


Wolfgang Grimm was Sales Director at VAW Europack Export GmbH, Teningen (Germany) from 1993 to 1995. He then moved to Schüpbach AG, Burgdorf (Switzerland), where he rose to become Vice President Sales Central Europe for Danisco Flexible Schüpbach AG.

Klemens Gottstein, Head of the Paper Division

1961, Industrial engineer and paper manufacturer, MBA, German national, joined CPH as its Head of Paper in 2012.


Klemens Gottstein came to CPH from the Myllykoski Group, where he had held various functions – including HR Director, General Manager of its Dachau and Ettringen works and Director of Business Development for Coated Papers – over the previous 22 years. He had most latterly served as the group's Executive Vice President Operations and a Member of Executive Management of Myllykoski Europe, with responsibility for six European plants and Human Resources Europe.

Alois Waldburg-Zeil, Head of the Chemistry Division

1963, Dr. iur., Austrian national, joined CPH as its Head of Chemistry in 2010.


Dr. Waldburg-Zeil began his professional career as an auditor, and served with KPMG from 1993 to 1997. Between 1997 and 2009 he held a range of management functions with the Süd-Chemie Group (now belonging to Clariant), including Head of the General Secretariat and Public Relations, Sales Manager EMEA, Global Financial Manager for Süd-Chemie Performance Packaging based in Paris (France), CEO of Süd-Chemie UK in Manchester (UK) and CEO of Süd-Chemie Zeolites GmbH in Bitterfeld (Germany).

Peter Schildknecht, CEO

1962, Dr. sc. techn., Swiss national; with CPH since 2008 and its Group CEO since 2009.


Dr. Schildknecht is a Member of the Board of Euro-Graph (the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers), Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Central Switzerland Chamber of Industry & Commerce and Deputy President of the MTEC Foundation to promote research and education in business science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich.


Peter Schildknecht held various functions in the Von Roll Group between 1995 and 2001, including CEO of Von Roll Betec AG and Head of Industrial Services and Member of Executive Management of Von Roll Infratec Holding AG, Bern. From 2001 onwards he served as a Member of Group Executive Management at Sarna Kunststoff Holding AG, Sarnen and led various group divisions, most latterly Sarnafil.

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