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Antje Kanngiesser appointed as new CEO of Alpiq

  • Antje Kanngiesser (46) will assume the role of CEO of the Alpiq Group on 1 April 2021 at the latest.

  • She will succeed André Schnidrig who has resigned for health reasons.

  • With Antje Kanngiesser as its new CEO, Alpiq is embarking on a new chapter of growth in the European markets.


Lausanne – The Board of Directors of Alpiq Holding Ltd. has appointed Antje Kanngiesser as the new CEO of the Alpiq Group. She holds a doctorate in law and an Executive Master of Business Administration from IMD Lausanne and has been Head of Group Markets & Services at BKW since 2017 and a member of the Group Executive Board of the BKW Group since 2019. After a year as head of the general secretariat and the legal services in 2014, she was Head of the BKW Group Management and a member of the extended Group Executive Board from 2015 to 2017.

During her time at BKW, she drove forward the corporate transformation by realigning business models, digitalising energy sales and firmly establishing modern working methods. Before joining BKW, she successfully served in various management positions with the Alpiq Group and Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS) respectively. Antje Kanngiesser has both German and Swiss citizenship and lives together with her family in Murten.

Embarking on a new chapter in the company’s history

Antje Kanngiesser: “I look forward to leading Alpiq into the next phase of its corporate history based on its well-established and focused strategy. Together, we will continue to face many challenges, but we will also be able to seize great opportunities in the European markets.”

Consistent focus on customer needs is key

Antje Kanngiesser is an outstanding executive with strong communication skills and excellent analytical abilities. She has an intimate understanding of the energy industry, is familiar with the relevant business processes of an international energy company such as Alpiq and has extensive commercial expertise.

Ideal choice to lead Alpiq into the future

Jens Alder: “I look forward to working together with Antje Kanngiesser. Alpiq has been diligently doing its homework. The company has successfully mastered the turnaround phase, has a stable shareholder base and a focused strategy. Together with Antje Kanngiesser, we can now start a new chapter of growth in the European markets. With our products and services, we intend to enhance climate protection while simultaneously contributing towards strengthening the security of electricity supply. Thanks to her experience, Antje Kanngiesser will be able to contribute the ideal resources for this next step in Alpiq’s corporate history.”

Jens Alder to focus on the chairmanship of the Board of Directors

From 1 April 2021 at the latest, in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jens Alder will focus on the strategic management of Alpiq Holding Ltd. The entire Board of Directors of Alpiq Holding Ltd. would like to thank Jens Alder for his substantial, additional operational commitment during what has now been more than one and a half years.

Composition of the Alpiq Executive Board

As of 1 April 2021 at the latest, Alpiq’s Executive Board will be constituted as follows: Antje Kanngiesser (CEO), Thomas Bucher (CFO), Michael Wider (Head of the Generation Switzerland business division), Matthias Zwicky (Head of the Generation International business division) and Michel Kolly (Head of the Digital & Commerce business division).

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