Urs Breitmeier appointed CEO of RUAG Holding AG
Urs Breitmeier, current Head of RUAG's Defence Division, is to become the new CEO of RUAG Holding AG. He will take up his post on 1 April 2013.
Following a rigorous selection process, the appointment finds the board of directors choosing an internal management candidate who has been with RUAG for eleven years.
Konrad Peter, Executive Chairman of RUAG Holding AG, comments: "We are delighted to have secured the services of Urs Breitmeier as CEO of RUAG Holding AG, especially in view of his in-depth knowledge of our core business and organisation. Not only is he a good bridge builder with a long-term vision, but he also maintains a superb contact portfolio with customers and partners. As an experienced manager, he is in a position to successfully implement and develop the group's strategy in cooperation with the board of management."
Urs Breitmeier is the current Head of RUAG Defence and has a seat on the group's board of management. Holding university degrees in Physics (ETH) and Engineering (HTL), he was appointed Head of Marketing, Sales and Systems Management of RUAG Land Systems eleven years ago and acquired a seat on the division's board of management.
He was made head of RUAG Land Systems in 2006 and given a seat on the group's board of management. In 2011 Urs Breitmeier also took over management of RUAG Electronics and led both divisions in addition to RUAG Defence, shifting as he did so the overall focus towards international business.
Prior to his joining RUAG, Urs Breitmeier held managerial roles at Lonza AG and Calotron AG and acted as a consultant at the Malik Management Centre, St. Gallen. He holds an MBA and is a colonel in the Swiss Armed Forces. Urs Breitmeier is married and an enthusiastic mountaineer.