Top management changes at Sika Group

5/28/2004, 5:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Following 38 years of service at all levels of the Sika Group, Dr.
Hans Peter Ming (66) will step down as Chairman of Sika AG's Board of
Directors at the 2005 Annual General Meeting.

His designated successor is Dr. Walter Grüebler (62). Elected to the
Board of Directors of Sika AG earlier this year, Grüebler has been
CEO of the Sika Group for five years. He will relinquish that
position at the end of 2004.

Ernst Baertschi (52), lic. oec. HSG, is to succeed Grüebler on
January 1, 2005. Baertschi, CFO and Deputy CEO of the Group since
2002, has extensive business management experience, serving initially
at Nestlé and subsequently 22 years with Schindler, including
positions as executive director of its Swiss subsidiary and
ultimately as CFO of the Schindler Group.

Concurrently, Silvio Ponti (50), Dipl. Bau-Ing. ETH, Head Europe
North region, is being appointed Deputy CEO of the Group by the Board
of Directors.


Company Profile Sika AG
Sika AG, based in Baar, Switzerland, is a leading global supplier of
specialty chemicals. Sika offers process materials for sealing,
bonding, damping, reinforcing and protecting of load-bearing
structures in construction (buildings and infrastructure) and in
industry (transportation, automotive, marine and appliances &
Sika's product line includes concrete admixtures, speciality mortars,
sealants, adhesives, speciality acoustic and reinforcing materials,
structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring and membranes.
Locally based operations in 66 countries with over 8'500 employees
connect customers directly with Sika and guarantee for the success of
all our partners. With this concept Sika achieves annual sales of
approximately CHF 2.3 billion.
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