Holcim proposes Microsoft chief as new board member

Photo courtesy of Microsoft Switzerland

The chief executive of Microsoft Switzerland has been proposed as a new independent board member for global sustainable building solutions firm, Holcim.

Following Holcim’s proposal, Catrin Hinkel, who joined Microsoft from Accenture in 2021, will stand for election alongside nominee Michael H McGarry at the company’s annual general meeting on 8 May 2024.

All other members are standing for re-election, Holcim says, while Jan Jenisch is proposed for re-election as chairman of the board.

The company said: “With the proposed nominations, the Holcim board will comprise 11 members, 10 of whom are independent according to the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance and the criteria laid out by the DJSI. Holcim continually strengthens its board to ensure it includes diverse backgrounds, experience and expertise in all key areas relevant to its business.”

Hinkel has served as chief executive of Microsoft Switzerland since May 2021. With more than 25 years’ experience in the tech industry across a variety of organisations and diverse cultures, she previously held leadership roles at Accenture, most recently as senior managing director, Europe Cloud First Strategy and consulting lead.

Her other mandates include serving on the executive committee of Digital Switzerland, on the ASUT Industry Association board, and on the supervisory board of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security.

For her commitment to digital innovation, Hinkel has been named by Swiss magazine BILANZ as one of Switzerland’s Digital Shapers 2022 and by Forbes DACH in its list of C-suite Women in Tech.

A German national, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from the European Partnership of Business Schools (ESB), Reutlingen and London.

Main image: Catrin Hinkel. Photo courtesy of Microsoft Switzerland

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