• From left to right: Pierre Epars, Denis Pourlier-Cucherat, Gilles Pirat / © Daniel Muster
    New CEO for BG Consulting Engineers

New CEO for BG Consulting Engineers

Published on 22.03.2018

Pierre Epars, a member of BG’s Executive Board since 2000, will replace Pierre Kohler as CEO of the BG Group on 1 April 2018. Pierre Kohler has occupied the position since 2015.

A civil engineer (EPFL) and an MBA graduate, Pierre Epars joined BG in 1989. He worked initially in Water and Environment, later moving into Infrastructure before returning to the Building field. As Director of Building & Energy activities, he oversaw a number of major projects for the Group, including the Quartier de l’Etang development in Geneva, the Hôpital de la Tour hospital in Geneva, the Gruvatiez development in Orbe, the Skylab biotechnology centre in Geneva, the Rolex administrative and production centre in Biel, Serono’s headquarters in Geneva and the Royal Savoy hotel in Lausanne. He has also supported the Group’s development in German-speaking Switzerland for several years. Aged 56, Pierre Epars brings overall expertise in all the Group’s areas of activity and his business sense, linguistic skills and extensive knowledge of the Swiss, French and international markets are widely appreciated.

He will be supported by Denis Pourlier-Cucherat, member of the Executive Board with responsibility for Water and Environment since 2007. He's the new Vice Chair of the Executive Board, who will also take charge of the Group’s strategic projects as part of his role.

This move at the top of the Group will result in another change in its organisation, with Gilles Pirat, currently head of the Building and Construction Management unit, taking over from Pierre Epars as Director of Building & Energy. An engineer and SIA (Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects) expert, he joined BG in 2007 and has extensive knowledge of the Group and its various markets.

The other members of the Executive Board remain Henriette Haas, Chief Financial and Operational Officer, and Philippe Pons, Director of Infrastructure & Transport. Karin Casutt, Director of Human Resources, and Philippe Agostini, Director of Innovation, are Permanent Guest Members of the Executive Board.

The entire Board of Directors and Executive Board thank the outgoing CEO, Pierre Kohler, for his unfailing commitment, which has driven significant progress in the BG Group and paved the way for a promising future!

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