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Executive Committee

The Galenica leadership team consists of eleven members. Six members of the Executive Committee and five members of the Extended Executive Committee. Headed by CEO Marc Werner, it is responsible for the implementation of Galenica’s strategy. The members are experienced experts and senior Service Unit managers who have extensive industry knowledge as well as long-term experience in the Galenica Group and with leading multinational companies.

Marc Werner

Marc Werner
CEO Galenica Group

  • Born in 1967, Swiss citizen
  • Federal certified marketing director
  • Various management training courses at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, London Business School and Harvard Business School
  • 1990 to 1995 Head of Sales at Sinomec Ltd (Zellweger Uster Ltd)
  • 1995 to 1996 Head of Product Management Photofinishing, Federation of Migros Co-operatives
  • 1997 to 2000 Head of Marketing and Sales at Minolta (Switzerland) Ltd
  • 2000 to 2004 Head of Marketing & Sales at Bluewin Ltd
  • Joined the Swisscom Group in 2005 as head of Marketing & Sales at Swisscom Ltd, head of Service from 2012 to 2013, member of the Group Executive Board from 2013, head of Private Customers until 2015 and head of Sales & Services from 2016 to 2019
  • Since 2020, CEO and member of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Galenica Group
Felix Burkhard

Felix Burkhard
CFO Galenica Group

  • Born 1966, Swiss citizen
  • Lic. oec., HSG University of St. Gallen (HSG), and Swiss certified accountant
  • 1991–1995 Financial Auditor at Revisuisse PriceWaterhouse (Bern) and Head of Finance and Controlling at Amidro Ltd. (Biel-Bienne)
  • Joined the former Galenica Group in 1996 as Corporate Controller; Deputy Head Retail Business sector from 2000; in addition, Head of the Amavita pharmacy chain from 2008; Head Retail Business sector from 2010 to 2015; member of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Galenica Group since 2010; Head Strategic Projects from 2015 to 2017
  • CFO Galenica Group since 2017
Virginie Pache

Virginie Pache
Chief Pharmacies Officer

  • Born 1979, Swiss national, married and mother of two children (Manon 2010 and Julie 2012)
  • Masters in Political Sciences – University of Lausanne and three semesters in Mainz (Germany)
  • Junior Marketing Manager at Danone Schweiz AG (mineral water), in Fribourg (2003–2006)
  • Category Manager and Head of Sales at L’Oréal – Apothekenkosmetik Schweiz AG, in Neuenhof (2006-2010)
  • Head of Caudalie Suisse and Caudalie D-A-CH GmbH (and Poland ad interim), in Düsseldorf (2010–2018)
  • Since April 2018: Head of Coop Vitality
Daniele Madonna

Daniele Madonna
Chief Healthcare Officer

  • Born 1977, Swiss citizen
  • Federal Diploma in Pharmacy from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ)
  • Professional training FPH in Retail Pharmacy
  • CAS in General Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Program for Executive Development (PED) at IMD, Lausanne
  • 2003–2004 Pharmacist at the Olympia Pharmacy and the Victoria Pharmacy in Zurich
  • Joined the former Galenica Group in 2004 as Manager of the Coop Vitality pharmacy in Tenero; Regional Sales Manager at Coop Vitality from 2010 to 2014; CEO of Coop Vitality Ltd. in Bern from 2014 to 2017
  • Since 2017 Head Retail Business sector and member of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Galenica Group
Dr. Thomas Szuran

Dr. Thomas Szuran
Chief Products & Marketing Officer

  • Born 1967, Swiss citizen
  • Dr. sc. nat. Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
  • Various roles at Abbott Laboratories between 1997 and 2002, including Sales & Marketing Manager for the Eastern European & Mediterranean region
  • Sales Director at Pfizer Switzerland (Zurich) from 2002 to 2005 and Country Manager at Pfizer in Israel from 2005 to 2007
  • Joined Biomed Ltd. (Dübendorf) in 2008 as Marketing Director, and was CEO of Biomed Ltd. from 2011 to 2018
  • Since 2012 member of the Executive Board and since 2013 President of the Association of the Swiss Self-Medication Industry (ASSGP)
  • Head Products & Brands Business sector and member of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Galenica Group since 2019
Andreas Koch

Andreas Koch
Head of Wholesale & Logistics

  • Born 1971, German and Swiss citizen
  • Education as logistics manager
  • Studied business administration at the University of Mannheim and graduated with a degree in business administration
  • Program for Executive Development (PED) at IMD Lausanne
  • 2000-2009 Consulting and management functions in the field of supply chain management at various consulting firms
  • 2009-2015 Head of Supply Chain Management at Galexis and from 2011 also at Alloga - Member of both Executive Committees
  • 2015-2019 Head of Alloga
  • Head of Galexis since 2019
  • Since 2020 Head of Business Sector Services

Extended Executive Committee

 
 
Lukas Ackermann

Lukas Ackermann
Chief IT & Digital Services Officer

  • Born 1972, Swiss citizen
  • Diploma in Natural Sciences Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
  • MAS MTEC Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
  • 1999 to 2002 Product Manager Helsana Insurance Company Ltd., Deputy Head of Product Management
  • 2002 to 2007 CEO of Medicall Ltd. (personal assistance)
  • 2008 to 2010 Head of Health Care Market, Synesix Ltd.
  • 2010 to 2012 Head of I-Lab at the University of St.Gallen, ITEM-HSG
  • 2013 to 2020 General Manager / CEO of amétiq Ltd.
  • Since 2020 Managing Director of HCI Solutions Ltd., since 2021, Head of IT & Digital Services at Galenica Ltd.
Marianne Ellenberger

Marianne Ellenberger
Head of Human Resources

  • Born 1963, Swiss national
  • Business Economist (technical college)
  • Postgraduate studies in Strategic Personnel Management
  • Training in Management Coaching / Coaching Advanced
  • Active in the HR field since 1986 (including Ascom, CSL Bering, Swisscom)
  • Since 2001 Head of Human Resources Retail
Christina Hertig

Christina Hertig
Head of Corporate Communications

  • Born 1966, Swiss citizen
  • Federal Diploma in PR Consultancy / Federal Diploma in Translation, Interpreters’ School, Zurich
  • HR Strategy in Transforming Organisations, London Business School
  • 1985 to 1986 Lesch + Frei advertising agency, 1991 to 1994, Schweizerische Metallunion (Swiss metal union), editorial members’ newsletter
  • 1995 Publisuisse Ltd., Head of Sponsoring
  • 1996 Prodega Ltd. (later Bon appétit Group), Head of Corporate Communications
  • 2002 Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Head of Communication
  • Since 2006 Head of Corporate Communications Galenica Group, since 2017, member of the expanded Corporate Executive Committee, since 2021, member of the expanded Executive Committee
  • Since 2019 Member of the GEWA Advisory council, Bern
Jürg Pauli

Jürg Pauli
Chief Transformation Officer

  • Born 1964, Swiss citizen
  • Studied law at the University of Bern, qualified as an advocate/attorney at law
  • Executive MBA, Bern-Rochester
  • Transformation for Executives, IMD Lausanne
  • CAS in Agile Leadership
  • 1993 to 1995 Lawyer at the Swiss Bank Corporation
  • 1995 to 1999 Lawyer and member of the Executive Committee at a law firm
  • 1999 to 2005 Various roles at Swisscom Mobile
  • 2005 to 2008 First Head of Marketing Communications and then Head of Marketing, Swisscom Mobile
  • 2008 Joined the Swisscom Group as Head of Pricing and Portfolio Design, 2013 to 2016, Head of Marketing Swisscom and member of the Executive Board for Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd., 2016 to 2020, Head of Business Transformation Swisscom
  • Since 2020 Head of Transformation and Organisational Development at Galenica Ltd. and member of the expanded Executive Committee
Barbara Wälchli

Barbara Wälchli
General Counsel & Secretary of the Board of Directors

  • Born 1981, Swiss citizen
  • MLAW, LLM, attorney at law
  • 2011 to 2018 Attorney at law in various corporate law firms in Bern and Zurich
  • 2018 Joined the Galenica Group as Senior Legal Counsel; from October 2019 General Counsel of the Galenica Group; since August 2020, General Secretary
  • Since 2021 Member of the extended Executive Committee