Bossard Group has announced that, after 15 successful years as CEO, David Dean will step down, at his own request, at the April 2019 AGM. The board of directors unanimously elected Dr Daniel Bossard to succeed him.
The board of directors evaluated a number of both internal and external candidates before voting unanimously for Dr Bossard, who it believes represents “a highly qualified and internationally experienced executive to assume the top of the organisation”.
Since 2000, Dr Bossard has held a series of senior management positions in the Group and has been an executive committee member since 2009. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen, where he earned his doctorate with a dissertation on technology management, before acquiring substantial professional experience in innovation, e-business and information technology.
Dr Bossard joined the Bossard Group in 2000 as director of e-business. Prior to that, he was a consultant at Accenture. From 2003 to 2006, he was general manager of Bossard Denmark A/S in Copenhagen. From 2006 to 2008, he spearheaded the realignment of the sales strategies and the development of international customer relations in the Bossard Group. In the seven-member executive committee, Dr Daniel Bossard has been responsible for the northern and eastern Europe market regions since 2009, which under his leadership achieved above-average sales growth and outstanding profitability.
Dr Bossard will continue his current responsibilities until April 2019. Effective immediately, he will resign his seat as a member of the board of directors of Kolin Holding AG and his position as chairman of Bossard Unternehmensstiftung. Kolin Holding AG, which is wholly owned by the Bossard families, and Bossard Unternehmensstiftung hold 56.1% of the voting rights of the publicly traded Bossard Holding AG. Dr Daniel Bossard is relinquishing these positions in observance of the principles of good corporate governance.
Born in 1970, Dr Daniel Bossard is married and lives with his family in Zug, Switzerland.
During David Dean’s fifteen year tenure as CEO, the Bossard Group has grown steadily, significantly improving its profitability and consolidating its market position in all major sales regions. The Bossard board of directors took the early opportunity to sincerely thank David Dean for “his tireless efforts in the pursuit of these excellent results” and announced that his election to the Bossard board will be petitioned at the 2019 AGM. The statement adds: “The board is looking forward to working with David Dean in the future and continuing to benefit from his wealth of executive and leadership skills.”
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