Group Executive Management

Group Executive Management is responsible for the operational management of the CPH Group and its three business divisions.

Peter Schildknecht, who is a Swiss national, was born in 1962. A doctor of science, he joined CPH in 2008 and has been its Group CEO since 2009.

Dr. Schildknecht is a Member of the Board of Directors of Renergia Zentralschweiz AG, Root; a Member of the Board and Vice-Chairman of Euro-Graph (the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers), Brussels; Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Central Switzerland Chamber of Industry & Commerce (IHZ), Lucerne; and Chairman of the IHZ's Industry Commission. Between 1995 and 2001 he held various functions in the Von Roll Group, including CEO of Von Roll Betec AG and Head of Industrial Services and a Member of Executive Management at Von Roll Infratec Holding AG, Bern. From 2001 he served as a Member of Group Executive Management at Sarna Kunststoff Holding AG, Sarnen, and led various group divisions, most latterly Sarnafil.

Richard Unterhuber, who is a Swiss and Italian national, was born in 1967. A Certified Management Accountant and the holder of a Swiss FH Diploma in Business Administration and an MBA, he joined CPH as Group CFO in 2016.

From 2006 to 2016 Richard Unterhuber served as CFO and a Member of Group Executive Management at the internationally active Multi-Contact industrial group based in Allschwil, near Basel. Prior to this he had held various executive finance and controlling positions at a number of further industrial companies including Head of Controlling at Swiss Post Aarau from 1995 to 1997, Business Controller at DCL Data Center Luzern AG from 1997 to 1998, Chief Commercial Officer and a Member of Executive Management at Sarnatech (Schweiz) AG, Triengen from 1998 to 2001 and Head of Shared Services and CFO of SCA Packaging Switzerland AG, Oftringen from 2001 to 2006.

Alois Waldburg-Zeil, who is an Austrian national, was born in 1963. A doctor of law, he joined CPH as its Head of Chemistry in 2010.

Alois 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 Su?d-Chemie Group (which is now part of Clariant), including Head of the General Secretariat and Public Relations, Sales Manager EMEA, Global Financial Manager for Su?d-Chemie Performance Packaging in Paris (France), CEO of Su?d-Chemie UK in Manchester (UK) and CEO of Su?d-Chemie Zeolites GmbH in Bitterfeld (Germany).

Industrial engineer and paper manufacturer Klemens Gottstein, who is a German national, was born in 1961. The holder of an MBA, he joined CPH to head its Paper Division in 2012.

Between 1989 and 2011 Klemens Gottstein held various functions at the Myllykoski Group, including HR Director, General Manager of its Dachau and Ettringen works and Director of Business Development for Coated Papers. He most latterly served as Executive Vice President Operations and a Member of the Executive Management of Myllykoski Europe, with responsibility for its six European plants and Human Resources Europe.

Wolfgang Grimm, who is a German national, was born in 1957 and holds a BA Diploma in Business Administration. He joined the then Perlen Group as its Head of Packaging in 1998, and 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 Schu?pbach AG, Burgdorf (Switzerland), where he rose to become Vice President Sales Central Europe for Danisco Flexible Schu?pbach AG.