People: Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX)
23 Dec 2014
Dr. Fritz Gerber has been Honorary Chairman of the Board at Roche Holding AG since 2001. Between 2001 and 2004, he additionally acted as Company's Member of the Board of Directors. From 1978 to 1997 Dr. Gerber occupied the position of Chairman of the Board at Roche Holding Ltd. and was also active as Chief Executive Officer between 1978 and 1997. Dr. Gerber has worked in the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Bern (now SECO). In 1958, he joined "Zuerich" Insurance Company (now Zurich Financial Services), where he became General Manager in 1969 and Chairman of the Management Board in 1974. From 1977 until 1991, Dr. Gerber was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and from 1991 until 1995, he was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since 1995, he has been Honorary Chairman of Zurich Financial Services. From 1978 until 1997, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Co. Ltd. (now: Roche Holding Ltd.). From 1978 until 2001, Dr. Gerber was Chairman of the Board of Directors and from 2001 until 2004, he was Member of the Board of Directors and Honorary Chairman. He has also served as Member of the Board of I.C.I. Switzerland from 1967 until 1991, Alusuisse, Zuerich from 1977 until 1981, Credit Suisse, Zuerich, from 1978 until 1996, Nestle, Vevey (Deputy Chairman of the Board) from 1981 until 2001, IBM Corporation, Armonk from 1989 until 1996 and Bank Sal. Oppenheim jr., Zurich from 1997 until 2005. He served as Chairman of the Paul Sacher Foundation for contemporary music until April 2006, was Member of the Executive Committee of the Lucerne Music Festival until 2004 and Member of the Orchesterakademie des Philharmonischen Orchesters Berlin until 2004. Dr. Gerber is also Honorary Chairman of the Fritz Gerber Foundation. He studied at Universitaet Bern and graduated as Lawyer (LL.M) and was admitted to the bar. He is an Honorary Doctor of Natural Science of Universitaet Basel, Switzerland.
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