About us

The BKW Group is a Bern-based international energy and infrastructure company employing about 7,000 people. Its company network and extensive expertise allow it to offer its customers a full range of overall solutions. The Group plans, builds and operates infrastructure to produce and supply energy to businesses, households and the public sector, and offers digital business models for renewable energies. Today, the BKW Group portfolio comprises everything from engineering consultancy and planning for energy, infrastructure and environmental projects, through integrated offers in the field of building technology, to the construction, servicing and maintenance of energy, telecommunications, transport and water networks.

Executive Board

Dr. Suzanne Thoma

CEO of the BKW Group 

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?

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.

Roland Küpfer

Head of Networks

1958 - Swiss national

PhD in Business economics, MBA, Electrical engineer FH

Roland Küpfer is a technology expert with longstanding management experience: over the past four years, Küpfer has been expanding Multiple Dimensions AG’s business activities. Before that, he was CEO of the Cicor Group, a member of the executive management at ASCOM Security Communication and Executive Vice President of the Schaffner Group.

Board of Directors

NameNationalitysinceIn office untilFunction
Urs GascheCH2002*GA 2019Chair of the Board, Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
Hartmut GeldmacherD2009*GA 2019Vice Chair of the Board, Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
Roger BaillodCH2013GA 2019Member
Kurt SchärCH2012GA 2019Member

Carole Ackermann

CH, A2018GA 2019Member

Rebecca Guntern

CHfrom sept 2018GA 2019Member

Andreas Rickenbacher**

CH2018GA 2020Member, Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 

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

Organisation chart

Our guiding principles

We are shaping the future of energy – straightforward, reliable and integrated.

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.

You can rely on us

We set standards

Commitment to our customers 

The result counts

Group companys

Contact an Executive Board member

Back to top