Geoffery Merszei nominated as a new independent member of
Oerlikon’s Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Oerlikon Group is proposing Mr.
Merszei as a new independent member of the Board for election at
Oerlikon’s upcoming Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM)
on April 11, 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Merszei (1951, Canadian citizen) is Chairman and Chief Executive
of Zolenza AG, an investment and advisory firm based in Zug,
Switzerland. He brings with him over 40 years of experience in
corporate governance and finance. For over 30 years, Mr. Merszei
served in a number of senior management positions at The Dow
Chemical Company, the last being Executive Vice President (EVP)
of The Dow Chemical Company, President of Dow EMEA and Chairman
of Dow Europe before retiring in 2013. From 2001 to 2005, Mr.
Merszei left Dow to be the EVP and CFO of Alcan Inc., and
returned to Dow in 2005 as EVP, CFO and a member of the Board of
Directors of The Dow Chemical Company. Mr. Merszei also
previously served as a Board member of the Chemical Financial
Corporation and Chemical Bank and the Swiss American Chamber of
Commerce, and currently serves on the Board of ICL Chemicals
Ltd. Mr. Merszei holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics
from Albion College, Michigan, USA.
Prof. Dr. Michael Süss, Chairman of the Board of Directors of
Oerlikon, said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am
pleased to announce Geoffery Merszei as the new nominee to the
Board. His extensive industrial know-how and years of experience
at Dow and serving on numerous Boards makes him a valuable
addition to the Board of Oerlikon.”
All members currently serving on the Board of Oerlikon will
be standing for re-election at the AGM. As per standard
procedure, shareholders will receive by post all the information
regarding the agenda and Board Member elections in the
shareholders’ invitation to the AGM.