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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Spoerry

59 2011 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

Lukas Braunschweiler

59 2011 Member of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer

Hartwig Grevener

49 2012 Member of the Management Board, Chief Financial Officer

Claude Diversi

51 2012 Member of the Management Board, Vice President International Sales (Europe, South America)

Maarten Barmentlo

48 2011 Member of the Management Board, Group Vice President Marketing

Sarah Kreienbuehl

45 2004 Member of the Management Board, Group Vice President Corporate Human Resources

Hansjuerg Emch

47 2011 Group Vice President Medical, Member of the Management Board

Stefan Launer

49 2013 Member of the Management Board, Vice President Science & Technology

Albert Lim

54 2013 Member of the Management Board, Vice President International Sales for the Asia / Pacific region

Hans Mehl

56 2007 Member of the Management Board, Group Vice President Operations

Paul Thompson

48 2012 Member of Management Board, Group VP Corporate Development, Head of International Sales North and Central America

Andreas Vonlanthen

54 2012 Member of the Management Board, Group Vice President Research & Development

Jan Metzdorff

52 2013 Member of the Management Board

Franz Petermann

51 2013 Member of the Management Board

Beat Hess

65 2012 Non-Executive Director

Michael Jacobi

62 2003 Non-Executive Director

Andreas Rihs

73 2011 Non-Executive Director

Stacy Seng

51 2014 Non-Executive Director

Ronald van der Vis

48 2009 Non-Executive Director

Anssi Vanjoki

59 2009 Non-Executive Director

Jinlong Wang

58 2013 Non-Executive Director

John Zei

71 2010 Non-Executive Director

Thomas Bernhardsgruetter

Director Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Spoerry

Mr. Robert F. Spoerry has been Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonova Holding AG since March 31, 2011. Previously, he served as Non-Executive Director at the Company from 2003. He has been also Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee at the Company. Mr. Spoerry joined Mettler-Toledo in 1983 and was Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2007. He led the buyout of Mettler-Toledo from Ciba-Geigy in 1996, and the company's subsequent Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 1997. In 1998, he was nominated Chairman of the Board. He also serves as Member of the Board of Conzzeta Holding AG and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Geberit AG. Mr. Spoerry graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule in Zuerich, and holds an MBA of the University of Chicago.

Lukas Braunschweiler

Dr. Lukas Braunschweiler has been Member of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sonova Holding AG since November 1, 2011. Before joining the Company, he was CEO of the technology group Ruag and he was President and CEO from 2002 to 2009. Dr. Braunschweiler headed the Dionex Corporation. Prior to this, he was operative from 1995 to 2002 in various positions in Switzerland and the United States for the precision instruments manufacturer Mettler Toledo. Dr. Braunschweiler received a Master of Science degree in analytical chemistry (1982) and was awarded a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry (1985) from Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Schweiter Technology Group and of Tecan Group Ltd.

Hartwig Grevener

Mr. Hartwig Grevener has been Member of the Management Board, Chief Financial Officer of Sonova Holding AG since August 1, 2012. Before joining the company, he was Group CFO of Jet Aviation, a business group of General Dynamics. From 2001 to 2006 Mr. Grevener was CFO for the European operations of Gate Gourmet, a global airline catering firm. Previous experiences include positions at the German logistics group Hapag-Lloyd, A.T. Kearney management consultants, and BMW. Mr. Grevener holds a diploma in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering, (1991) as well as a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Universitaet St. Gallen (1994).

Claude Diversi

Mr. Claude Diversi has been Member of the Management Board and Vice President International Sales (Europe, South America) at Sonova Holding AG since May 1, 2012. He joined the Sonova Group in March 2005 as Managing Director of Phonak France. He has experience as a sales executive. Prior to his engagement at Phonak, Mr. Diversi worked in sales management positions in companies such as British American Tobacco, Dowbrands/Melitta Europe, Pillsbury and Kraft Food France. He studied international business at Universite Paris V Rene Descartes.

Maarten Barmentlo

Mr. Maarten Barmentlo has been Member of the Management Board and Group Vice President Marketing of Sonova Holding AG since January 2011. Before joining the Company, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Systems at Philips Healthcare in the Netherlands. Mr. Barmentlo gained over 20 years of working experience within Philips covering a variety of functional areas and Business Units in the Netherlands and in the United States. He was responsible in various global management positions for areas such as domestic appliances, personal care, oral health care, as well as in other consumer and professional healthcare categories. He started his career in Corporate Research at Philips. Mr. Barmentlo received a Master in Physics from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands and was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy in Physics from Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands for a dissertation in the field of non-linear optics.

Sarah Kreienbuehl

Ms. Sarah Kreienbuehl has been Member of the Management Board, Group Vice President Corporate Human Resources at Sonova Holding AG since August 2004. Before that Ms. Kreienbuehl was Head of Global Human Resources and Member of the Executive Board of the Tecan Group in Maennedorf, Switzerland. Prior to that, she was a consultant with Amrop International, Zuerich, Switzerland. As well as her executive search projects, she also introduced new assessment and management audit services. She started her career as a psychologist with Swissair, where she was involved in the selection of pilots and air traffic managers. Ms. Kreienbuehl studied Applied Psychology at Universitaet Zuerich and obtained a masters degree, followed by a number of additional qualifications in the field of human resources management.

Hansjuerg Emch

Mr. Hansjuerg Emch has been Group Vice President Medical and Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding AG since March 1, 2011. Mr. Emch has worked for 15 years in the healthcare sector. During his time at implant manufacturer Synthes he held various positions and gained broad specialist and management skills. He was President of the global Spine division, and prior to this position he was responsible for the Group’s regional sales in Europe and acquired experience in general management, sales, product and business development as well as clinical and regulatory affairs in the United States and Europe. He also acted as President Synthes Spine. Mr. Emch has a Master of Science and Engineering from Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (ETH Zurich) and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Stefan Launer

Mr. Stefan Launer has been Member of the Management Board, Vice President Science & Technology of Sonova Holding Ltd since April 1, 2013. He served as Vice President Science & Technology at the company since April 2008. He started his professional career at Phonak in 1995 in the Research & Development department where he held various functions, such as leading various R & D teams in the areas of clinical audiology, digital signal processing, microelectronics and acoustics. Today he is in charge of managing the basic science and technology programs in various fields of hearing health care, the development of core technologies and intellectual property rights. Mr. Launer studied Physics at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, and in 1995 was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Oldenburg, Germany, on modeling auditory perception in hearing impaired subjects.

Albert Lim

Mr. Albert Chin-Hwee Lim has been Member of the Management Board, Vice President International Sales for the Asia / Pacific region of Sonova Holding Ltd since April 2013. Previously, he served as Vice President Business Operations, Greater China, responsible for six different business and operational functions at Medtronic and he was Managing Director at Medtronic in Taiwan. Previous professional experiences include management positions at Novartis, Merck Sharp & Dohme, and Abbott. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Hans Mehl

Mr. Hans Mehl has been Member of the Management Board, Group Vice President Operations of Sonova Holding AG since April 1, 2007. Before joining the Company, he worked in various leadership functions within the Siemens Group. In his most recent position, occupied since 2003, Mr. Mehl acted as Head of Business Administration and Controlling for Siemens Building Technologies AG, Fire and Security Division in Zuerich. Between 2000 and 2003, he was Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Medical Solutions in Malvern, United States. Between 1993 and 2000 he worked within the management team of Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH. Mr. Mehl holds a degree in business administration.

Paul Thompson

Mr. Paul Thompson has been Member of Management Board, Group VP Corporate Development, Head of International Sales North and Central America at Sonova Holding AG since May 1, 2012. He also serves as Member of the Management Board and Group Vice President Corporate Development. Mr. Thompson has also been Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding AG since March 30, 2011. He will hold the position until August 1, 2012. He was appointed Group Vice President Corporate Development at the Company in October 2004. In this position, he is responsible for the development of the Group Strategy and the implementation of various business development activities. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Sonova Group since the beginning of 2002. Between 1998 and 2001, he acted as Chief Financial Officer and later also as Chief Operational Officer of the Unitron Hearing Group. Before joining Unitron Hearing, between 1987 and 1998, he worked for Ernst & Young in Canada, first in the auditing division and then in the management consulting division. Mr. Thompson studied finance and economics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. In 1992, he was granted his Chartered Accountant designation and in 1998, he achieved the designation of Certified Management Consultant.

Andreas Vonlanthen

Mr. Andreas (Andi) Vonlanthen has been Member of the Management Board and Group Vice President Research & Development of Sonova Holding AG since April 1, 2012. He started his professional career at Phonak in 1984 in the area of product development. From 2002 to 2004, he was appointed Vice President Research & Development at Unitron. As of 2004 he was responsible for the Group System Integration. Mr. Vonlanthen received a degree in Electronics Engineering at the School of Engineering of Brugg Windisch (HTL Brugg Windisch) in 1984.

Jan Metzdorff

Mr. Jan Metzdorff has been Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd since April 1, 2013. He joined Sonova Group in 2004 and was Managing Director for Phonak UK from 2005 to 2010. He was appointed Vice President Unitron in October 2011. Prior to that, he was Vice President of International Sales for Unitron overseeing all international sales territories outside of North America. Previously he held various leadership positions as General Manager for GN ReSound Canada and Regional Manager Asia for the Hearing Instruments Division of Philips Electronics. Mr. Metzdorff graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) degree from Copenhagen Business School in 1987.

Franz Petermann

Mr. Franz Petermann has been Member of the Management Board of Sonova Holding Ltd since April 1, 2013. He joined the Sonova Group in 2002 as Director Finance & Controlling. He was appointed Vice President Connect Hearing Group, effective April 2013. During his career at Sonova he held various positions within finance & controlling and for eight months in 2011 was interim head of the global organization for Connect Hearing Group. Before joining Sonova, he was CFO of Qualiflyer Loyalty Ltd. from 1999 to 2002, before which he held management positions in different industries. In the course of his career he gained international experience working in Germany, Canada, and Hong Kong. Mr. Petermann is a graduate of University of Applied Sciences & Arts, Lucerne and received a Master’s Degree in business administration in the UK in 2002.

Beat Hess

Mr. Beat W. Hess was elected Non-Executive Director of Sonova Holding AG on June 19, 2012. He graduated in Law from Universite de Geneve in 1972 and gained a title of Master of Legal Letters from the University of Miami in 1976. The next year he received his Ph.D. in Law from Universite de Fribourg. From 1988 to 2003, Dr. Hess served as General Counsel of ABB Group and, from 2003 to 2011, as Group Legal Director and Member of the Group Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Dr. Hess is Member of the Board of Directors of Nestle S.A. and of Holcim Ltd.

Michael Jacobi

Dr. Michael Jacobi has been Non-Executive Director of Sonova Holding AG since 2003. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee at the Company. He has worked as an independent consultant since 2007. From 1996 to 2007, he was Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Committee of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. Prior to this, since 1978, Dr. Jacobi held various management positions in the area of finance at Ciba Geigy Group in Brazil, the United States, and Switzerland. Currently, he serves as Member of the Board of Hilti AG, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd and as Member of the Board of Trustees of Martin Hilti Family Trust. Dr. Jacobi studied economics and business administration at the Universitaet St. Gallen, Switzerland, at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Harvard Business School in Boston. He graduated with a doctoral degree from the Universitaet St. Gallen in 1979 with a thesis on International Accounting.

Andreas Rihs

Mr. Andreas (Andy) Rihs has been Non-Executive Director at Sonova Holding AG since March 30, 2011. He was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company from 1992 until March 30, 2011. He is one of the founders of the Phonak Group together with his partner Beda Diethelm, and his brother Hans-Ueli Rihs. In 1966, Mr. Rihs joined Beda Diethelm, who came to Phonak a year earlier as technical manager. He began to build up the marketing and commercial aspect of the company. He first established a sales organization for Switzerland, and then gradually built up a global distribution network. Mr. Rihs led the Phonak Group as Chief Executive Officer until April 2000, and as Interim Chief Executive Officer, from April 2002 to September 2002. He completed his education and business training primarily in Switzerland and France. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of BMC Group Holding AG.

Stacy Seng

Ronald van der Vis

Mr. Ronald van der Vis has been Non-Executive Director of Sonova Holding AG since June 10, 2009. He has been Executive Director of the Board of Esprit Holdings Limited since June 22, 2009 and Group Chief Executive Officer since November 1, 2009. Previously, he held various general management positions at Pearle Europe B.V. Mr. van der Vis was Chief Executive Officer of Pearle Europe from January 2004 to April 2009. He studied at the Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands and received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Manchester Business School in the UK. He serves as chairman of the board of Miktom Topco (Basic Fit International) B.V., chairman of the investor board of Pharmacies of Mediq N.V. He also serves as member of the board of directors at Douglas Holding AG, Beter Bed Holding N.V. and Macintosh Retail Group N.V.

Anssi Vanjoki

Mr. Anssi Vanjoki has been Non-Executive Director of Sonova Holding AG since June 10, 2009. He is Member of the Audit Committee at the Company. He is an Individual Multicontributor of RKBS Oy, a technology start-up investment company. Mr. Vanjoki was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nokia until March 2011 and Member of the Nokia Group Executive Board from 1998 to 2011. He is also Chairman of the Board of Amer Sports Corporation and owner of Salomon, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, and Suunto brands. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Aalto University.

Jinlong Wang

Mr. Jinlong Wang has been Non-Executive Director of Sonova Holding Ltd. since June 2013. He is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Starbucks Corporation and Chairman of Starbucks China. He previously held a number of positions at Starbucks including President of Starbucks Asia Pacific Region, Chairman and President of Starbucks Greater China Region, Head of the Law & Corporate Affairs department and Vice President International Business Development. He started his career as a government official in the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade in China. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics and Trade from the University of International Economics and Trade in Beijing in 1982 and received his Juris Doctor Degree at Columbia School of Law, Columbia University in 1988.

John Zei

Mr. John J. Zei is Non-Executive Director of Sonova Holding AG since June 15, 2010. He is Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee at the Company. He was Chief Executive Officer of Knowles Electronics through the end of 2009. Consistent with his retirement from Knowles his designation is now Senior Advisor. He was previously President of Rexton, a hearing instrument manufacturer in the United States, and later President and CEO of Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. Mr. Zei has served as Chairman of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) three times. Previously he served in several American organizations as President of HIA, Chairman of the hearing industry’s Market Development Committee, and on the Board of the Better Hearing Institute. Mr. Zei has a law degree from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

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