aventron is run by an independent board and a highly qualified management team.

The board has the following experienced directors:

  • Mr Cédric Christmann, chairman, CEO EBM Energie AG and member of the management board of EBM group
  • Mr Martin Schaub, vice-chairman, head of energy trading ewb
  • Mr Michael Stalder, member of management board Stadtwerk Winterthur
  • Mr Werner Ulmer, head of the management team at Raiffeisenbank Allschwil-Schönenbuch
  • Mr Beat Huber, partner and CEO of EVU Partners, partner and CIO of Fontavis AG
  • Mrs Priscilla Leimgruber, head of investment management EBM group

aventron’s management includes the following business professionals with many years of experience in energy, infrastructure and investment:

  • Mr Antoine Millioud, CEO
  • Mr Eric Wagner, COO
  • Mr Bernhard Furrer, CFO

Board of Directors

Cédric Christmann

Chairman of the Board

Cédric Christmann, a French national, born in 1967, is Managing Director for Energy &
Renewables at EBM (Genossenschaft Elektra Birseck) and manages the Group’s holdings in this segment. He is Chairman of the Board of aventron AG, and a board member at Direct Energy, France’s third largest electricity supplier. Cédric Christmann served as EBM’s Chief Financial Officer starting in 2005. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years for a leading provider of process accessories, technical systems and process solutions for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in multiple countries, including in Japan in the position of CEO. He has a Master’s degree from the IECS and an MBA from the IMD.

Martin Schaub

Vice-chairman of the Board

Martin Schaub, born in 1966, from Switzerland, acts as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of aventron AG. He manages energy trading and energy management for Energie Wasser Bern (ewb). Energy management includes the strategic positioning of all domestic and foreign production plants owned by ewb, as well as its holdings. Before taking up this position, Martin Schaub had been responsible for key account management at ewb since 2004. Prior to that, he held various management positions in marketing and sales in the telecommunications sector. He is a qualified telecommunications engineer, and holds a Swiss Federal Certificate in Marketing Planning

Michael Stalder

Member of the Board

Michael Stalder, born in 1977, from Switzerland, was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of aventron at the 2017 General Meeting, and is also a Member of the Audit Committee. He is the Deputy Director of the public utilities Stadtwerk Winterthur, holding responsibility for corporate development. He previously held a business development position with Axpo Holding AG. As a long-term employee of the Swiss Federal Finance Administration, he also contributes extensive experience in administration and politics. He studied Economics at the University of Basel, and holds advanced postgraduate certificates (CAS) in Public Affairs Management and as Certified Strategic Professional.

Priscilla Leimgruber

Member of the Board

Werner Ulmer

Member of the Board

Werner Ulmer, a Swiss national, born in 1967, is a member of the Board of Directors of aventron AG, and Chairman of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. For the past 20 years, he has successfully managed Raiffeisenbank Allschwil-Schönenbuch, an independent cooperative bank with 25 employees, as Chairman of its Executive Board. Previously, he worked on behalf of EBK (now FINMA) to conduct audits for the Raiffeisen Group in accordance with Swiss banking law. He has earned professional certification as a Swiss-certified (Eidg. Dipl.)
banking expert, and completed management training as an Executive Master of Banking.

Beat Huber

Member of the Board

Beat Huber, a Swiss national, born in 1973, has served as a member of the Board of aventron since the Annual General Meeting 2016. He is founder and partner at the EVU Partners consultancy firm, and a partner at the Fontavis asset management company. At Fontavis, he is
responsible for the asset management of all holding companies. In addition to his seat on
the Board of Directors at aventron, Beat Huber holds seats on a number of other boards
of directors of Swiss electricity production and supply companies. Previously, he worked
for a number of years in line management functions in the energy sector, including five
years as CFO of Industrielle Werke Basel. He studied economics at the University of Basel.

Dominik Baier

Secretary of the Board

Dominik Baier, a Swiss national, born in 1971, has served as Secretary to the Board of Directors of aventron AG since its establishment in 2005, and was also a member
of the Board until 2013. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Executive Board of EBM
(Genossenschaft Elektra Birseck), where he heads the Corporate Services unit (Corporate
Communications, Human Resources, Legal, IT, Corporate Development). He is an attorney,
holds a CAS in Finance and Accounting, and is also Secretary to the Board of Directors
of EBM and other holding companies in the EBM Group. He also sits on a number of other
boards of directors, and is Managing Director of the EBM Pension Fund.

Executive Management

Antoine Millioud


Antoine Millioud, a Swiss national, born in 1969, has 15 years of transaction experience
with infrastructure investments. Prior to becoming CEO of aventron in 2013, he was director of corporate investment management at IWB. In this role, he was responsible for the acquisition of over 200 MW in solar and wind projects, and for monitoring IWB holdings in
the Swiss hydro power sector. He worked for several years at Family Office Transfield Holdings in Australia in international private equity transactions in the energy and real estate sector. Positions as a management consultant at AT Kearney in Sydney and as a project manager at Alstom Power (now GE) in Baden, Switzerland, round off his experience. Antoine Millioud holds a degree in mechanical engineering (Dipl. Masch.-Ing. ETH) and an MBA from INSEAD.

Eric Wagner


Eric Wagner, COO, a French national, born in 1966. Eric Wagner started his career in
1990 as an engineer at EDF and GDF (now ENGIE) in France and Germany. In order to explore other business areas, he then worked as a project manager for a consulting firm in Paris. He returned to the energy sector in 2006 to assist with EBM’s development in France. There, he was responsible for building up the electricity supply partnership between EBM and Direct
Energie, including the management of EBM’s network activities in Alsace. In 2010, Eric laid
the first cornerstone outside of Switzerland for what would later become aventron, and
developed a portfolio of wind, solar and hydropower plants in France. In 2014, Eric Wagner was appointed COO of aventron. Eric holds a degree from the School of Physics at
the Grenoble Institute of Technology.

Bernhard Furrer


Bernhard Furrer, a Swiss national, born in 1971, CFO, in office since 2016. After
completing his degree in economics (lic. rer. pol.) at the University of Basel, Bernhard Furrer served from 1997 to 2000 as an analyst in asset allocation and bonds research at Bank Sarasin. Starting in 2001, he worked first as a controller and then as Head Group Treasury Middle and Back Office at F. Hoffmann-La Roche. In late 2006, he switched to EBM as Group Treasurer (until September 2013). Starting in 2010, he served in parallel as Managing Director of EBM Greenpower AG, which successfully expanded the EBM portfolio in the New Renewables segment to 160 MW. Bernhard Furrer is also a certified accounting and controlling expert, and a graduate of AZEK/CEFA.