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Experience and Expertise

Board of Directors

Henning Boysen


Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuoni- Group. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Blue, Nyon; Chairman of the Board of Directors of APODAN NORDIC AS, Copenhagen; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Postgraduate Education, Copenhagen Business School; Member of the Board of Directors of Transcom Worldwide SA, Luxembourg; Member of the Advisory Board of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Lausanne. Current term expires in 2012.

Henning Boysen has been a member of Kuoni’s Board of Directors since 2003. In 2006, the Board elected Mr. Boysen, a Dane, to be its chairman. After graduating with a Masters in Economics, Henning Boysen began his career as a management consultant at Booz, Allan & Hamilton. In 1975 he joined SAS Service Partner as a project manager before going on to the posts of Chief Financial Officer and then Executive Vice-President Catering. After stints as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Saudia Catering and President of Aero-Chef A/S, he served as President and CEO of Gate Gourmet International from 1996 to 2004, and as Deputy Chairman from 2004 to 2005. During this period as President and CEO, Gate Gourmet grew from a medium sized European company to become a leading global player.

Wolfgang Beeser


Chairman of the Board of Directors of DAMARE S.R.L., Milan; Member of the Board of Directors of Iberostar Holding, Palma de Mallorca. Current term expires in 2013.

Tourism specialist and industrial economist Wolfgang Beeser, a German national, served as CEO of Thomas Cook AG from January 2004 to the end of 2005, and can draw on 40 years of experience in the tourism sector. He embarked on his tourism career with Neckermann Reisen in 1967. Ten years later he assumed responsibility for Neckermann’s global procurement of hotel capacities. In 1994 he
was named CEO of the company, now renamed NUR Touristic. From 1997 to 1999 he headed the Thomas Cook Group, which was then still known as C & N Touristic, as a Member of Executive Management. He was elected to the Kuoni Board of Directors in 2002, but stepped down at the end of 2003 after being appointed CEO of Thomas Cook AG. He then returned to Kuoni’s Board in 2007 as its Vice- Chairman.


Heinz Karrer


CEO of Axpo Holding AG, Baden; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Laufenburg AG, Dietikon; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Axpo AG, Baden; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG, Lucerne; Member of the Board of Directors of Resun AG, Aarau; Member of the Board of Directors of Swissgrid AG, Laufenburg. Current term expires in 2011.

Heinz Karrer, who is a Swiss national, has been CEO of Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland’s leading energy company, since 2002. After studying economics at St. Gallen University (HSG), he began his career in 1985 when he was appointed General Manager of the Association of Swiss Manufacturers, Suppliers and Agents for Sports Goods. He went on to serve as Managing Director of Intersport Schweiz AG from 1987 to 1992 and as CEO of Intersport Holding AG from 1992 to 1995. He then moved to the Ringier publishing house where he remained until 1997,