Executive Committee

Group photo of the Executive Committee (photo)

Responsibilities and organization

The Board has delegated the executive management of ABB to the CEO and the other members of the Executive Committee. The CEO and under his direction, the other members of the Executive Committee are responsible for ABB’s overall business and affairs and day-to-day management.

The CEO reports to the Board regularly, and whenever extraordinary circumstances so require, on the course of ABB’s business and financial performance and on all organizational and personnel matters, transactions and other issues relevant to the Group.

Each member of the Executive Committee is appointed and discharged by the Board.

Members of the Executive Committee

As at December 31, 2015, the members of the Executive Committee were:

Ulrich Spiesshofer
Mr. Spiesshofer was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2013 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2005. From January 2010 to September 2013, Mr. Spiesshofer was Executive Committee member responsible for the Discrete Automation and Motion division. He joined ABB in November 2005, as Executive Committee member responsible for Corporate Development. From 2002 until he joined ABB, he was senior partner and global head of operations practice at Roland Berger AG (Switzerland). From 1991 to 2002, he held various management positions with A.T. Kearney Ltd. and its affiliates. Mr. Spiesshofer was born in 1964 and is a German citizen.

Eric Elzvik
Mr. Elzvik was appointed Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee in February 2013. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Elzvik was the Chief Financial Officer of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division. He joined ABB in 1984 and has held a variety of other leadership roles in Sweden, Singapore and Switzerland, including head of Corporate Development, and head of Mergers & Acquisitions and New Ventures. Mr. Elzvik was born in 1960 and is a Swiss and Swedish citizen.

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes
Mr. Deslarzes was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Committee in November 2013. In April 2015, he was elected to the board of directors of the Adecco Group (Switzerland). From 2010 through 2013, he was the Chief Human Resources and Organization Officer of the Carrefour Group (France). From 2008 to 2010 he was President and CEO of the Downstream Aluminum Businesses of Rio Tinto (Canada). He was Senior Vice President Human Resources of Alcan Inc. (Canada) from 2006–2008 and in addition he co-led the integration of Rio Tinto and Alcan from 2007 to 2008. From 1994 and 2006, he held various human resources and management roles with Alcan Inc. Mr. Deslarzes was born in 1963 and is a Swiss citizen.

Diane de Saint Victor
Ms. de Saint Victor was appointed General Counsel, Company Secretary and member of the Executive Committee in January 2007. In March 2013, she was appointed as a non-executive director of Barclays plc and Barclays Bank plc (both U.K.). From 2004 to 2006, she was general counsel of the Airbus Group (France/Germany). From 2003 to 2004, she was general counsel of SCA Hygiene Products (Germany). From 1993 to 2003, she held various legal positions with Honeywell International (France/Belgium). From 1988 to 1993, she held various legal positions with General Electric (U.S.). Ms. de Saint Victor was born in 1955 and is a French citizen.

Pekka Tiitinen
Mr. Tiitinen was appointed President of the Discrete Automation and Motion division and member of the Executive Committee in September 2013 and was named Head of Group Marketing & Sales in January 2015. In 2013, prior to joining the Executive Committee, Mr. Tiitinen was the head of ABB’s drives and controls global business unit. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Tiitinen was the head of ABB’s low voltage drives global business unit and from 1990 to 2003, he held various management roles with ABB. Mr. Tiitinen was born in 1967 and is a Finnish citizen.

Tarak Mehta
Mr. Mehta was appointed President of the Electrification Products division effective January 2016 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since October 2010. From October 2010 through December 2015, he was President of the Low Voltage Products division. From 2007 to 2010, he was head of ABB’s transformers business. Between 1998 and 2006, he held several management positions with ABB. Mr. Mehta was born in 1966 and is a U.S. citizen.

Peter Terwiesch
Mr. Terwiesch was appointed President of the Process Automation division and member of the Executive Committee in January 2015. He is a member of the board of directors of Metall Zug AG (Switzerland). From 2011 to 2014, he was the head of ABB’s Central Europe region. He was ABB’s Chief Technology Officer from 2005 to 2011. From 1994 to 2005, he held several positions with ABB. Mr. Terwiesch was born in 1966 and is a Swiss and German citizen.

Claudio Facchin
Mr. Facchin was appointed President of the Power Grids division effective January 2016 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since December 2013. From December 2013 through December 2015, he was President of the Power Systems division. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Facchin was head of ABB’s North Asia region. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Facchin was the head of ABB’s substations global business unit and from 1995 to 2004, he held various management roles with ABB. Mr. Facchin was born in 1965 and is an Italian citizen.

Bernhard Jucker
Mr. Jucker was appointed President of the Europe region and Chairman of Divisional Transformation Team effective January 2016 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since January 2006. From 2006 through 2015, he was President of the Power Products division. From 2003 to 2005, he was ABB’s country manager for Germany. From 1980 to 2003, he held various positions in ABB. Mr. Jucker was born in 1954 and is a Swiss citizen.

Frank Duggan
Mr. Duggan was appointed President of the Asia, Middle East and Africa region in January 2015 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Duggan was the head of Global Markets. From 2008 to 2014, he was also ABB’s region manager for India, Middle East and Africa. From 2008 to 2011, he was ABB’s country manager for the United Arab Emirates. Between 1986 and 2008, he held several management positions with ABB. Mr. Duggan was born in 1959 and is an Irish citizen.

Greg Scheu
Mr. Scheu as appointed President of the Americas region as well as Head of Group Service and Business Integration in January 2015 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2012. From 2013 to 2014, he was Head of Business Integration, Group Service and North America. From 2012 to 2013, he was Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions. Mr. Scheu, a former executive of Rockwell International, joined ABB in 2001 and was responsible for the integration of both Baldor Electric Co. and of Thomas & Betts into ABB. Mr. Scheu was born in 1961 and is a U.S. citizen.

Veli-Matti Reinikkala
Mr. Reinikkala was President of the Europe region in 2015 and was a member of the Executive Committee from 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2015. He is a member of the board of directors of UPM-Kymmene Corporation (Finland). From 2006 to 2014, he was President of the Process Automation division. In 2005, he was head of the Process Automation business area. From 1993 to 2005, he held several positions with ABB. Mr. Reinikkala was born in 1957 and is a Finnish citizen.

Further information about the members of the Executive Committee can be found by clicking on the Executive Committee CV link at www.abb.com/about/corporate-governance

Executive Committee compensation and shareholdings

Information about Executive Committee compensation and shareholdings can be found in the section titled “Compensation and share ownership tables” of the Compensation report contained in this Annual Report.

Management contracts

There are no management contracts between ABB and companies or natural persons not belonging to the ABB Group.