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Calvin Grieder

  • Position
    Chairman
  • Nationality
    Swiss
  • Year of birth
    1955

Function in SGS

  • Chairman, Board of Directors (since March 2020)
  • Chairman, Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee (since March 2020)

Initial Appointment to the Board

March 2019

Professional Background

He holds an Engineering Master of Science from the ETH Zurich and has completed an Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard University.

Calvin Grieder has held various executive positions at Swiss and German companies (Georg Fischer, Bürkert, Mikron, SIG and Swisscom), all active in the areas of control technology, automation, and system engineering. In these roles, he was primarily responsible for successfully establishing and expanding international businesses. In 2001, Calvin Grieder moved from Swisscom (Head of Mobile & Internet Business) to the Bühler Group, where he acted as CEO for 15 years.

Other Activities and Functions

  • Givaudan SA, Vernier (CH), Chairman of the Board
  • Bühler Group AG, Uzwil (CH), Chairman of the Board
  • AWK Group AG, Zurich (CH), Chairman of the Board
  • Avenir Suisse, Zurich-Oerlikon (CH), Member of the Board of Trustees
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Sami Atiya

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    German
  • Year of birth
    1964

Function in SGS

Member:

  • Member Board of Directors
  • Member Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee (since March 2020)

Initial Appointment to the Board

March 2020

Professional Background

ABB Ltd (CH, SE), Member of the Group Executive Committee since 2016 and President of ABB’s Robotics & Discrete Automation business.

Dr. Sami Atiya holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology. He also holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Sensors) from the University of Wuppertal/Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany.

Prior to his current role, he held various senior leadership positions in the Siemens Group, Harald Balzer & Partner, Robert Bosch – Blaupunkt and the Fraunhofer Institute Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His experience covers a range of industry sectors including medical technology, robotics and automation, software and logistics and transportation. Dr. Atiya has strong intercultural skills with experience in managing teams in international organizations, covering China, the Middle East, India, Japan, the USA and Europe. He has a proven track record in managing international acquisitions and business integration. He will bring to the Board of SGS strong experience of leadership in sectors which will undoubtedly contribute to the future development of SGS. He will be an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Company, with no ties to its management or significant shareholders.

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Paul Desmarais, jr

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    Canadian
  • Year of birth
    1954

Function in SGS

Member:

  • Board of Directors

Initial Appointment to the Board

July 2013

Professional Background

Chairman, *Power Corporation of Canada.

Paul Desmarais, Jr. has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University, Montréal and an MBA from the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), France.

He has received honorary doctorates from various Canadian universities. He joined Power Corporation of Canada in 1981 and assumed the position of Vice President the following year. In 1984, he led the Financial Corporation to consolidate creation of Power’s major financial holdings, as well as Pargesa Holding SA, under a single corporate entity. Mr. Desmarais served as Vice President of Power Financial from 1984 to 1986, as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989, as Executive Vice Chairman from 1989 to 1990, as Executive Chairman from 1990 to 2005, as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008, as Executive Co-Chairman from 2008 to 2020 and as Chairman from 2020. Mr. Desmarais is Chairman of Power Corporation, a position he has held since 1996. He previously served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation from 1996 until his retirement in February 2020. After Power Financial and the Frère Group of Belgium took control of Pargesa in 1990, Mr. Desmarais moved to Europe from 1990 to 1994, to develop the partnership with the Frère Group and to restructure the Pargesa group.

From 1982 to 1990, he was a member of the Management Committee of Pargesa, in 1991, Executive Vice Chairman and then Executive Chairman of the Committee; , and from 2003 to 2019, he was Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Desmarais was a director of Pargesa from 1992 until November 2020, when Pargesa’s reorganization was completed. He also served as Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2020. He is a Director of many Power Group companies in North America.

 

Other Activities and Functions

  • Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, Brussels (BE), Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Great-West Lifeco Inc., Winnipeg (CAN), Member of the Board (including those of its major subsidiaries)
  • IGM Financial Inc., Winnipeg (CAN), Member of the Board (including those of its major subsidiaries)
  • Member of the Advisory Council the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD)
  • Trustee of the Brookings Institution and a Co-Chair of the Brookings International Advisory Council (USA)
  • Past Chairman and a Member of the Business Council of Canada (CAN)
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Ian Gallienne

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    French-Belgian
  • Year of birth
    1971

Function in SGS

  • Board of Directors
  • Remuneration Committee

Initial Appointment to the Board

July 2013

Professional Background

CEO of *Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 2012.

Ian Gallienne has an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. From 1998 to 2005, he was a Director at the private equity funds Rhône Capital LLC in New York and London. In 2005, he founded the private equity fund Ergon Capital Partners in Brussels and was its Managing Director until 2012. He has been a Board Member of *Groupe Bruxelles Lambert since 2009.

Other Activities and Functions

  • adidas (D), Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Imerys, Paris (F), Member of the Board, Chairman of the Strategic Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee, Member of the Appointments Committee
  • Pernod Ricard SA, Paris (F), Member of the Board, Member of the Strategic Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Frère-Bourgeois SA (BE), Member of the Board
  • Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille SA (BE), Member of the Board
  • Société Civile du Château Cheval Blanc (France), Member of the Board
  • Marnix French ParentCo (Webhelp group), Paris (France)
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Tobias Hartmann

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    German
  • Year of birth
    1972

Function in SGS

Member:

  • Board of Directors
  • Audit Committee

Initial Appointment to the Board

March 2020

Professional Background

Chief Executive Officer of Scout24, an operator of digital real estate marketplaces based in Munich/Berlin, Germany.

Tobias Hartmann has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA. He has extensive experience of senior executive and Board positions in both public and private companies in the USA and Germany.

He brings over two decades of senior management experience in several industries, including retail, technology, operations, logistics and eCommerce. He has worked for various digital companies including eBay Inc.

Mr. Hartmann has a proven track record of developing, expanding and optimizing existing business models, services and product offerings for both public and private companies with B2B and B2C business models.

Other Activities and Functions

  • Zur Rose Group AG (CH), Member of the Board of Directors
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Shelby R. du Pasquier

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    Swiss
  • Year of birth
    1960

Function in SGS

Member:

  • Board of Directors

Chairman:

  • Remuneration Committee

Initial Appointment to the Board

March 2006

Professional Background

Attorney at Law, Partner, Lenz & Staehelin Law firm, Geneva.

Shelby R. du Pasquier holds degrees from Geneva University Business School and School of Law as well as from Columbia University School of Law (LLM). He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1984 and to the New York Bar in 1989. He became a Partner of Lenz and Staehelin in 1994.

Other Activities and Functions

  • Swiss National Bank, Member of the Board since 2012
  • Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners (Jersey) Limited, Member of the Board since 2012
  • Pictet and Cie Group SCA, Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2013
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Kory Sorenson

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    British
  • Year of birth
    1968

Function in SGS

Member:

  • Board of Directors
  • Audit Committee
  • Remuneration Committee (since March 2020)

Initial Appointment to the Board

March 2019

Professional Background

Kory Sorenson has a DESS in Corporate Finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the Université de Paris – Dauphine. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Econometrics and Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C., a certificate in Governance from Harvard Executive Education and a certificate in Leadership and Governance from INSEAD, and a certificate from Stanford GSB, for the 2020 fall session of the Stanford Business Leadership Series.

She began her career in finance in 1992 in the Treasury Department of Total in Paris before moving to banking in 1995 and investment banking in 1997. She was Managing Director, Head of Insurance Capital Markets of Barclays Capital, and held senior positions in the capital markets and the financial institutions divisions of Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.

Other Activities and Functions

  • SCOR SE, Paris (FR), Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee, member of the Risk, Strategic, and Crisis Committees
  • Phoenix Group Holdings PLC, London (UK), Member of the Board and Chair of the Remuneration Committee, member of the Risk and Sustainability Committees
  • Pernod Ricard SA, Paris (FR), Member of the Board and Chair of the Remuneration Committee, member of the Audit Committee
  • Bank Gutmann, Vienna (AU), privately owned, Member of the Supervisory Board
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Janet S. Vergis

  • Position
    Board Member
  • Nationality
    American
  • Year of birth
    1964

Function in SGS

Member:

  • Board of Directors

Initial Appointment to the Board

March 2021

Professional Background

Janet S. Vergis earned a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University.

She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and served from 2013 to 2019 as an executive advisor to various private equity firms, including, Warburg Pincus, Deerfield Mgmt., Water Street Healthcare Partners and Vatera Healthcare Partners.

From 2011 to 2012, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of OraPharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. In that role she led the turnaround of the business and its subsequent successful sale.

Preceding her role at OraPharma, Ms. Vergis managed a multi-billion portfolio at Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) as President of Janssen Pharmaceutica, McNeil Pediatrics, and Ortho-McNeil Neurologics. Ms. Vergis contributed to a number of Johnson & Johnson companies during her career, serving as a member of company management boards for over a decade and holding positions of increasing responsibility in research and development, new product development, sales, and marketing.

She previously served on the boards of MedDay Pharmaceuticals, Amneal Pharmaceutical (NYSE:AMRX), Lumara Health, and OraPharma, Inc.

Other Activities and Functions

  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Member of the Board, Member of the Human Resources/Compensation and Compliance Committees
  • Dentsply Sirona, Member of the Board, Chair of the Science & Technology Committee, and Member of the Audit & Finance Committee
  • Church and Dwight Company, Member of the Board, Member of the Audit and Governance Committees
  • Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University
  • National Association of Corporate Directors Member
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Biotechnology Advisory Board Chair
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Corporate Engagement Advisory Board Vice-Chair