Organization of GF

The GF Executive Committee from left to right: Joost Geginat (Head of GF Piping Systems), Andreas Müller (CFO), Yves Serra (CEO), Pascal Boillat (Head of GF Machining Solutions), and Josef Edbauer (Head of GF Automotive)

Georg Fischer Ltd, the Holding Company of the GF Corporation, is organized under Swiss law. It is headquartered in Schaffhausen (Switzerland), and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Board of Directors

The nine members of the Board of Directors are elected individually by the Shareholders’ Meeting. The Board of Directors has ultimate responsibility for supervising and monitoring the management of Georg Fischer Ltd. It decides on the company strategy and organizational structure, the organization of finance and accounting, the annual budget and the investment budget, and appoints the members of the Executive Committee, to which it transfers the operational management of the Corporation. All members of the Board of Directors are non-executive.

The sustainable development of the Corporation is supported by shared corporate values.

Executive Committee

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the management of the Corporation. Under his leadership, the Executive Committee addresses all issues of relevance to the Corporation, takes decisions within its remit, and submits proposals to the Board of Directors.

Corporate structure

GF Corporation is organized in the three divisions GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive, and GF Machining Solutions and the two Corporate Staff Units Finance & Controlling and Corporate Development. The Heads of the Divisions and the Corporate Staff Units are responsible for managing their businesses and for achieving their business objectives.

Corporate Center

The CEO and the CFO form the Corporate Center in the narrower sense. The Corporate Center is closely involved in management, planning, IT, communications, finance, management development, and corporate culture and is supported in these tasks by a team of about 50 people. The Corporate Center ensures that risk management, transparency, Corporate Governance, sustainability, and compliance practices meet the requirements of the owners and the public, and it supports the Board of Directors in meeting its responsibilities.

Finance

Corporate Finance & Controlling uses state-of-the-art information systems to ensure the time-critical financial management of the Corporation. A standardized system of financial reporting is used throughout the entire Corporation, guaranteeing immediate and complete transparency. Currency, interest rate, and credit risks are monitored and managed at Corporation level.

Management development 

Strategically important competencies and information are shared and made available throughout the Corporation. Considerable importance is attached to internal training, talent management and to putting the best possible people in management positions. Up to 70% of all senior management positions are filled with internal candidates.

Communication

The Corporation has a strong brand with GF, which has been built up and strengthened consistently over many years. The Corporation builds confidence in its products and services with an open and active communication policy to customers, employees, media, analysts, shareholders, and other stakeholders.

Corporate values 

The sustainable development of the Corporation is supported by shared corporate values. They are put down in writing in the Code of Conduct and are becoming increasingly important with the spread of globalization.

Corporate Governance 

For detailed information on Corporate Governance see the same named chapter.

GF organization structure

As of 1 January 2018