About us

The BKW Group is an international energy and infrastructure business that employs some 4,000 people and is headquartered in Bern. The diversity of the company's expertise allows it to offer its customers a full range of tailored services. It plans, builds and operates infrastructure to produce and supply energy for businesses, households and the public sector. The BKW Group's distribution grid, the largest in Switzerland, provides one million people with a reliable supply of power around the clock. The company has a strong sense of social responsibility. Alongside its investment in renewable energy, it seeks to make efficient use of resources and is involved in research programmes aimed at developing innovative technologies to support a sustainable, secure future for the supply infrastructure.

Executive Board

  • Dr. Suzanne Thoma

    CEO of the BKW Group and Head of Group Management

    1962 – Swiss national

    chemical engineer ETH

    Suzanne Thoma was Head of Networks at BKW in 2010 before being appointed as CEO in 2013. Until 2009 she was Head of the Automotive Division of the WICOR Group in Rapperswil. Before that, as CEO of Rolic Technologies Ltd., she led a high-tech supplier to the electrical industry. She had previously worked for 12 years in a range of roles and countries for Ciba Spezialitätenchemie AG.

    Did you know...

    ... Suzanne Thoma loves spending time in the Swiss mountains?

  • Hermann Ineichen

    Head of Production

    1957 – Swiss national

    electrical engineer ETH and MSc in Energy Management, EPFL

    Hermann Ineichen joined BKW in 1996. He was Head of Trading at BKW until the end of 2000, and prior to that he headed the Tariffs department of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG.

    Did you know...

    ... Hermann Ineichen is a keen hiker and climbs some 25,000 m in altitude every year?

  • Renato Sturani

    Head of Renewables and Efficiency

    1967 – German and Italian national

    mechanical engineer

    Before joining BKW in 2013, Renato Sturani worked at Alpiq from 2002, initially as Head of Power Generation (Western region) and then as Head of Renewable Energy from 2011. Previously he had held management positions at national and international level with ABB Alstom Power.

  • Christophe Bossel

    Head of Networks

    1968 – Swiss national

    graduate of the EFPL with a degree in engineering and material sciences, and an EMBA

    Christophe Bossel joined BKW in January 2012 as Head of Asset Management at the Networks Division. Before joining BKW he held senior management positions at various industrial concerns, latterly in the development of medical equipment and as Head of Production at Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

    Did you know...

    ... Christophe Bossel shares all his hobbies with his four children?

  • Ronald Trächsel

    Head of Finance and Services/CFO

    1959 – Swiss national


    Before joining BKW in 2014, Ronald Trächsel was CFO at the Sika Group, where he had been responsible for finance and IT since 2008. Prior to that, he spent eight years as CEO and CFO at Vitra, a company with a presence on the global stage. From 1995 to 1999 Ronald Trächsel was CFO of Ringier International.

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the senior governing body of the BKW Group. As such it is responsible for the overall management of BKW AG and for supervising its various organs. It bears ultimate responsibility for the achievement of sustainable value for the shareholders and takes decisions on all BKW Group matters which are not delegated or assigned to other Group organs either by law, the Articles of Incorporation or the Organisational Regulations. 

Information on members of the Board of Directors:

NameNationalitysinceIn office untilFunction
Urs GascheCH2002*2016Chair of the Board, Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
Hartmut GeldmacherD2009*2016Vice Chair
Kurt RohrbachCH20122016Vice Chair
Marc-Alain AffolterCH2007*2016Member, member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Roger BaillodCH20132016Member, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Georges BindschedlerCH2007*2016Member, member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
Barbara Egger-JenzerCH2002*2016Member**, Deputy Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
Dominique GachoudCH20152016Member
Kurt SchärCH20122016Member, Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Beatrice Simon-JungiCH2010*2016Member**

* Date when member joined the board of BKW FMB Energie Ltd. before changing to the holding company structure.
** Canton of Berne delegate

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Our guiding principles

Our vision

We are the leading Swiss energy and infrastructure services provider.

Our mission

We make a major contribution to society.

We serve our customers with enthusiasm.

We are successful thanks to our employees.

We are attractive to our investors.

We build strong partnerships.

Our core values

You can rely on us

We set standards

Commitment to our customers

The result counts

Group companies

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