Pierre Kladny, Chairman
Engineer dipl. EPFL, MSc, Postgrad CRPM
Founder of Valley Road Capital, Pierre Kladny is a serial entrepreneur bringing technological and industrial experience. He has founded and managed 5 companies. He has sold one of his businesses to a large multinational firm and has divested another one through a management buy-in scheme. Prior to founding ValleyRoad Capital, he spent 3 years with Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, Private Bankers in Geneva.
Amr Abdulrahman T. Al-Otaishan, Board Member
With a Mechanical Engineer degree from Brunel University and a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Futures from the Imperial College of London, Amr begins his career at AREVA - EDF in the core team which developed operations of Nuclear and Solar businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He later joined Northrop Grumman Corporation Middle East operations in a business development role for the company's program pipeline in the Kingdom. Amr is now based in Switzerland in the role CEO of Reuge, a Swiss luxury house.
Per Setterberg, Board Member
Degree in Business Administration, University of Lund, Sweden.
Per Setterberg worked with Global Blue between 1988 and 2014. The last 16 years as President and CEO. Drove the expansion from a local presence in the Nordic countries to the world leader with operations in 41 countries. Per was formerly a senior manager for PwC and a Swedish State Authorised Accountant. He is the Chairman of Dataflow Ltd, Elevate Ltd and VFS Global.
ZHANG Ligang, Board Member
Mr. Zhang has over 25 years of working experience in the environmental protection industry. He is now the Chairman of GS-Licon International Limited (GS-Licon), Hong Kong, China. GS-Licon is one of the major partners of the Longjiang Environment Protection Group. Mr. Zhang holds a MBA degree from Pekin University and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology.
Pierre Chavan, Board Member
Serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in Information Technologies, Education programs, Professional Training and Biometrics. He has successfully led consultancy mandates in Africa for organizations, private companies and governments. Pierre Chavan founded his own Property Management Company 15 years ago, and has managed it since then. His clients are important International Companies. He is also an active investor in web companies with large coverage in South-America.
PIAO Yitong, Board Member
Mrs. Piao is the consultant of the Longjiang Group in terms of financial investment and R&D. She is working on her Ph.D degree in engineering economics. She holds a MBA from Stanford University. She also holds a Master degree in Environmental Engineering of Berkley and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology.
Roberto Gradnik, Board Member
Trained as a physician, Roberto Gradnik brings more than 25 years of experience as a prominent executive in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Previously with Merck Serono, for which he was appointed Executive Vice-President for Europe and a member of the Executive Committee. He then became Executive Vice-President of the Global Business Unit for Neurodegenerative Diseases, before being appointed to the position as CEO of Stallergenes, a European biopharmaceutical company specialized in the treatment of severe respiratory allergies. Roberto Gradnik is currently CEO of Ixaltis, a French biotech startup company.
Martin Pugh, Board Member
Mr. Pugh is a successful COO with broad strategic and marketing background and almost 40 years’ experience in the international petrochemical and plastics industry. Now retired from his executive position, he brings a strong background in both the formation and leading of joint ventures and more recently working with private equity and IPO flotation. Previous positions at Trinseo, Styrolution, Ineos Styrenics, Nova Innovene, Elementis, Dow Chemical and Mobil Oil.