Introducing our Team

Patrick De Maeseneire
CEO

Patrick De Maeseneire, born in 1957 in Belgium, joined Jacobs Holding AG in November 2015 as Chief Executive Officer. Besides his function as CEO he also serves as Vice-Chairman of our portfolio company, Barry Callebaut AG and as member of the Board of Ahold Delhaize, a Dutch-Belgian international food retailer.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Patrick was CEO of Adecco S.A., the largest staffing company in the world and Barry Callebaut AG. Under his leadership, Barry Callebaut started its successful global expansion, which ultimately turned it into the global leader in chocolate and cocoa that it is today. He started his professional career at Arthur Andersen Consulting followed by executive positions at Wang, Apple Computer and Sun International.

Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from the Solvay Business School of Brussels University (VUB), and a special license in marketing management from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium. Patrick also completed studies in Business Management at the London Business School and INSEAD.

Michael Tuchschmid
CFO / Corporate Secretary

Michael Tuchschmid, Swiss national, joined Jacobs Holding AG in January 2009 as Corporate Secretary and was appointed CFO in 2016. As CFO / Corporate Secretary, Michael is responsible for finance, HR and corporate legal affairs.

Michael started his career as an auditor at KPMG in 1999. Afterwards he held various positions in the legal industry. He worked as law clerk at the Commercial Court of Aargau and as attorney at law at a Zurich based law firm where he focused on contract law, commercial litigation and arbitration and sports law.

Michael has completed a Master of Law at the University of Zurich and, in addition, has studied at the University of Paris X. He was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) by the Bond University, Australia. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association (inactive status).

Tomas Aubell
Head of Investments

Tomas Aubell, born in Sweden, joined Jacobs Holding AG in April 2015 to head up the new investment activities.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Tomas was a Partner at EQT Partners where he played a key role in a number of transactions, such as Tognum, Sirona and Leybold Optics. He co-led the DACH equity team and had the global responsibility for the healthcare and the industrial sector teams. Before EQT Partners, Tomas worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and Bain & Company.

Tomas holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from INSEAD. He also studied business administration at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Philip Buergin
Head of Value Creation

Philip Buergin joined Jacobs Holding AG in 2012 as an Investment Manager and was promoted to its Head of Value Creation in 2016. In this capacity, Philip and team identify and implement value-enhancing drivers for our portfolio companies focusing on strategic, operational and financing-related levers. Moreover, he works closely with the deal team to crystallize value creating opportunities throughout the transaction process.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Philip was a Project Manager at Bain & Company where he was engaged  in assisting strategic transformations and restructuring programs across industries. He was also a member of Bain’s renowned private equity group, advising financial sponsors on the buy- and sell-side. Before Bain, Philip worked at Goldman Sachs and The Boston Consulting Group.

Philip holds a Master’s degree in Finance from University of St. Gallen and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.

Andreas Tolpeit
Investment Manager

Andreas Tolpeit, born in Italy, joined Jacobs Holding AG in September 2015 as an Investment Manager for new investments. In this capacity, he sources and assesses new direct investment opportunities, executes investment transactions and supports the value creation of portfolio companies during the holding period.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Andreas worked at Rothschild in the German investment banking team. He was engaged in the financial sponsors coverage team advising clients on the buy and sell side in both M&A and capital market transactions gaining experience in the healthcare, automotive, consumer and industrials sectors.

Andreas holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Law from Bocconi University and also studied at ESADE and the University of Cambridge.

Andreas Zimmermann
Investment Manager/Treasurer

Andreas Zimmermann, born in Switzerland, joined Jacobs Holding AG in 2000. In his function as Group Treasurer he is responsible for the Holding’s liquidity, insurance and risk management. Moreover, Andreas has allocated time as Investment Manager, helping drive our agenda as shareholder. Andreas has been able to leverage his deep capital market expertise and network in all relevant transactions, both on Holding- as well as on target company level. Specifically, Andreas has a strong track-record in structuring, negotiating optimal capital structures.

Prior to Jacobs Holding AG, Andreas spent significant time with UBS in its Equity Derivate sales team. Subsequently, Andreas held positions in Key Account Management of Zürcher Kantonalbank’s credit business and client relationship department.

Andreas holds a Business Administration degree in Finance and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).

Christine Fleischmann
Office and Communication
Karun Dhurjati
Investment Manager

Karun Dhurjati joined Jacobs Holding AG in 2016 as an Investment Manager. In this capacity, Karun works with portfolio companies to identify value-enhancing opportunities and implement them. His primary focus is on strategic and operational levers. As part of the Value Creation team, Karun also supports the New Investments team in evaluating and defining post-deal value creation opportunities.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Karun was Head of Special Projects at CIP Management AG. CIP is a Zurich-based investment company which owns and operates multiple consumer goods brands in Switzerland. At CIP, Karun led the Swiss rollout of one of the brands – b.good – and also worked on raising capital for the international expansion of the brand. Before CIP, Karun worked at Accenture Strategy and Barclays Capital.

Karun is a graduate in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a post graduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

Nicole Annen
Accountant
Patric Somlo
Investment Manager

Patric Somlo, born in Switzerland, joined Jacobs Holding AG in January 2014 as an Investment Manager for new investments. In this capacity, he evaluates investment opportunities and executes transactions for direct investments.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Patric was a Project Manager with Bain & Company, where he was engaged in Bain’s private equity group and operationally supported clients in growth strategies and operational performance improvements. Before Bain, Patric worked at Goldman Sachs in London.

Patric holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Stephanie Buschle
Investment Manager

Stephanie Buschle, born in Germany, joined Jacobs Holding AG in June 2016 as an Investment Manager for new investments. In this capacity, she sources and evaluates new direct investment opportunities, executes investment transactions and supports the value creation of portfolio companies during the holding period.

Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Stephanie was a Senior Consultant in the Corporate Finance / M&A team at PwC in Zurich and Toronto, where she advised both financial sponsors and corporates on buy- and sell-side transactions across various sectors. Previously, she gained experience in the Investment Banking Department with UBS in Frankfurt.

Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Quantitative Economics & Finance and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, and also studied at the Singapore Management University and in the MBA Programme at University of Michigan.

Thomas Trüb
Tax and Controlling

Thomas Trüb, born in Switzerland, joined Jacobs Holding AG in October 2006 as Accountant-Controller and assumed the responsibilities of Tax & Controlling in 2016. In this function he is responsible for Jacobs Holding AG’s monthly and year-end closing, coordination of Group consolidation, taxes as well as human resource management. Other main tasks include monitoring reports within the Jacobs Group, supporting Group companies in accounting, controlling and other financial affairs.

Before joining Jacobs Holding AG, Thomas worked for a retail company, where he was responsible for the administration and the accounting department. During this time his main tasks were financial statements, budgets, forecasts and cash flow plans as well as the continuous analysis and reporting of the business development.

Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the KV Zurich Business School and a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Accounting & Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Zurich (HWZ).

The Board of Directors is our company’s ultimate governing body.

Nicolas Jacobs
Co-Chairman, Managing Director at investment company
elected 2008

Nicolas Jacobs is a Managing Partner of a venture capital and private equity company focused on investments in the FMCG sector. He has taken several executive positions of the Jacobs Family business. He serves as a Board Member of Barry Callebaut since 2012 and was previously responsible as Managing Director for the cocoa and the chocolate operations of South America.

Nicolas started his career at Goldman Sachs in 2006 and served for Burger King Corporation as a Senior Director for Global M&A and Development, with responsibilities for strategic projects and the expansion of Burger King globally.

Nicolas holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Zurich, a Master of Finance of London Business School and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Philippe Jacobs
Co-Chairman, Investment Director at alternative investment management company
elected 2008

Philippe Jacobs is an Investment Director at Aalto Invest focusing on the firm’s public equity investments.

Previously, he worked at the Global Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Division of Royal Bank of Scotland and also at UBS AG in London and Zurich.

Philippe holds a M.Sc. in Finance from Imperial College Business School and Bachelor of Arts HSG in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. In addition, he has completed a course at the FESCO International Training Center in Shanghai in Chinese language and culture.

W. Andreas Jacobs
Chairman of Barry Callebaut AG
elected 2004
Patrick Firmenich
Vice-Chairman of Firmenich International SA
elected 2015
Renata Jacobs
President of Jacobs Family Council
elected 2008
Conrad Meyer
Professor University of Zurich
elected 2000

Our Advisory Board supports us in screening and managing new investments.

Jim L. Donald
Member of the Board of Directors of Barry Callebaut AG
Thomas Kleibl
Managing Director /
Advisor of Thomas & Partner Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Ajai Puri
Member of the Board of Directors of Tate & Lyle PLC
Member of the Board of Directors of Firmenich International S.A.
Member of the Board of Directors of Britannia Industries Ltd.