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.
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.
Roberto Gradnik, Board Member
Ph.D. Internal Medicine Residency Program, Università degli Studi di Milano
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.
PIAO Yitong, Board Member
Ph.D. in Sustainable Design and Construction, Stanford University
Dr. Piao is the founder & CEO of SequoiaLibra Technology Group Co, Ltd in China. She also works as a consultant of the financial investment in Longjiang Environmental Protection Group Co., Ltd. She holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. She also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and bachelor from Harbin Institute of Technology.
Martin Pugh, Board Member
B.Sc (Hons) Industrial Chemistry and Management Studies, Loughborough University
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.
Matteo Marchisio, Board Member
B.Sc. Economics and Finance from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
Mr. Marchisio started his career as a consultant with KPMG before moving to the rubber industry. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Marchisio successfully held various positions as General Group Manager and Country Manager at Manuli Rubber Industries in Poland, Italy and the Netherlands. In June 2017, Mr. Marchisio moved back to Poland and assumed the position of Business Unit Director Synthetic Rubber at Synthos, one of the world's leading manufacturers of synthetic rubber and tyre materials with a broad portfolio of rubbers and a strong technology roadmap focused on sustainable solutions.
Pierre A. Wanner, Board Member
ES Degree, Electronics and Robotics, Neuchâtel. Psychology of Management, University of Lausanne
Mr. Wanner started his career in the Swatch Group as Development Engineer in Robotics, then Technical Manager in the US. He then joined Philip Morris International for which he was active for 31 years. Mr. Wanner provided governance to PMI’s strategic engineering and capacity development projects as well as to support a step-change in their manufacturing performance through dedicated Industrializations Hubs in Switzerland and abroad. His latest positions were Director Equipment Engineering followed by Director Engineering Governance & Industrialization.