Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Joachim Gottschalk

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Gottschalk is a German citizen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GFMH. He founded the Gottex Group in 1986 and Gottex Fund Management in 1992. Prior to forming Gottex, Mr. Gottschalk spent fourteen years with Lausanne based financial services firm Tradition S.A. In 1980 he was appointed Director responsible for Continental and Eastern Europe and in 1984 was appointed to the Board of Tradition S.A. and Tradition Holding S.A. Mr. Gottschalk started his career in 1965 with Dresdner Bank AG in Munich where he spent four years prior to relocating to Lausanne.

  • Arpad Busson


    Arpad « Arki » Busson is the founder and Chairman of the EIM Group. Mr. Busson is widely recognized as having exceptional knowledge and experience of the hedge fund industry. As early as the mid-1980s, Mr. Busson started raising assets for a number of hedge fund managers, such as Paul Tudor Jones, Louis Bacon, and Lee Ainslie, who have since risen to global prominence in the industry. In 1992, Mr. Busson founded the EIM Group to provide fund-of-fund management services to the growing institutional market for hedge funds. Mr. Busson has been invited to serve as an industry expert on a number of panels for French, Swiss, German and US regulatory bodies, and is also a founding member of AIMA, the hedge fund industry’s primary professional association. Mr. Busson actively travels the world in search of outstanding management talent. Mr. Busson is also well known for his extensive charitable work, in particular as a founding trustee of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids).

  • Max Gottschalk

    Senior Managing Director

    Mr. Gottschalk, co-founder and board member of Gottex Fund Management, is a German citizen and joined Gottex in August 1998. Mr. Gottschalk played an integral part in designing Gottex's suite of products and growing the business to become one of the main alternative investment groups globally. From 1998 to 2011, Mr.Gottschalk ran Gottex's European's business. He moved to Hong Kong in 2011 with the responsibility of growing Gottex's presence in the Asia Pacific region and to head Gottex's Asian business, while maintaining his global marketing responsibility. Prior to joining Gottex, Mr. Gottschalk worked at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., New York, where he ran its hedge fund sales team in the fixed income derivatives group. While at Bear Stearns, he structured and implemented derivative strategies for some of the largest hedge fund groups. His coverage of hedge funds spanned fixed income, foreign exchange options, credit derivatives and emerging markets. During his time at Bear Stearns, he developed a unique understanding of the inner workings of alternative funds and various management strategies. Mr. Gottschalk is married with four daughters and has a business degree in finance, marketing and international business from the University of Virginia where he graduated with honours.

  • Kevin Maloney, PhD

    Senior Managing Director

    Senior Managing Director, CIO (FOHF). Dr. Maloney, a US citizen, joined Gottex in September 2003. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Maloney worked for Putnam Investments, where he was a Managing Director. From 2002 to 2003, he managed the Product Design Team and worked with the equity and fixed income portfolio management teams to design and position products to meet client objectives for risk, return and style positioning. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Director of the Financial Engineering at Putnam, where his team drove the development of risk systems, portfolio construction tools, and derivatives analytics and infrastructure. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Director of Quantitative Research in Fixed Income. Dr. Maloney was a professor of finance and economics at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College from 1983 - 1995. He has an MA and PhD in Finance and Economics from Washington University and a BA in Economics from Trinity College. Dr. Maloney has published a number of articles in academic and professional journals.

  • Eric Bissonnier, CFA

    Co-Chief Investment Officer

    Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Bissonnier holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and is a CFA Charter Holder. He began his professional career as an MIS Analyst at Chase Private Bank in Geneva where he subsequently managed discretionary multi-asset class and multi-currency portfolios. In 1998, E.I.M. S.A. recruited Mr. Bissonnier as Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Investment Officer for Europe and Asia and Head of Portfolio Management and Research. Mr. Bissonnier was President of EIM’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Global Investment Committee. Mr. Bissonnier joined E.I.M. S.A. in November 1998 and joined Gottex with the completion of the merger of the two firms in 2014. He is currently Co-CIO, Alternative Solutions for the Gottex Group, member of the Executive Committee and a Director of Gottex Fund Management Holdings. He is a frequent speaker on alternative strategies, asset allocation and risk management at investment conferences worldwide.

  • Bruno Pfister

    Non-Executive Director

    Non-Executive Director, became a director of the Company in 2007. Mr. Pfister began his career working for Chase Manhattan Bank in London and Geneva. Between 1988 and 1996, Mr. Pfister was a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. In 1996, Mr. Pfister became Chief of Staff of the private banking division at Liechtenstein Global Trust, where he managed a global strategic project before being appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Liechtenstein Global Trust Group and the Liechtenstein Global Trust Bank in 1998. In 1999, as a member of the Credit Suisse Group Executive Board, Mr. Pfister took over as Head of Customer Segment and Product Management at Credit Suisse. Mr. Pfister has been with the Swiss Life Group since August 2002, initially as Chief Financial Officer and, as of January 1, 2006, as Chief Executive Officer International. Mr. Pfister graduated from the University of Geneva with a master's degree in law before being called to the bar in Geneva. Mr. Pfister has a MBA in business management studies from the graduate School of Management in Los Angeles.

  • Michael Garrett

    Non-Executive Director

    Non-Executive Director, became a director of the Company in 2007. Mr. Garrett began his 44 year career with Nestlé in 1961 and has worked in Switzerland, Australia, the U.K. and Japan. In 1974, Mr. Garrett headed Nestlé's confectionery business in the U.K. before taking a position in Australia, first as Marketing Director and subsequently as Managing Director of Nestlé Australia Ltd. Mr. Garrett was assigned to Japan as Head of Market between 1990 and 1993 before being appointed as Zone Director and Member of the Executive Board of Nestlé S.A., responsible for Asia and Oceania in March 1993. In July 1996, Mr. Garrett's responsibilities were expanded to include Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Garrett sat on the World Trade Organization Business Advisory Council in Switzerland between 2002 and 2005 and was also a member of the Lausanne/Tokyo Business Leaders Club and a visiting International Fellow of the Sir William Tyree Foundation of the Australia Industry Association. Mr. Garrett is as a Board Member of Nestlé India and also serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Bobst Group in Switzerland and Hasbro Inc. Mr. Garrett retired as a Non-Executive Director from the board of Prudential Plc on 31st August, 2013. Mr. Garrett was recently appointed as a Member of the Finance and Performance Review Committee of the Board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum as well as being an international member of the Swaziland Business and Economic Advisory Panel under the auspices of the Global Leadership Foundation, London. Mr. Garrett graduated from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • David Staples

    Non-Executive Director

    Non-Executive Director, became a director of the Company in 2007. For thirteen years until 2003, Mr Staples was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and led the tax practice in the South East of England advising several large family and owner-managed businesses. He was also a member of the management board of the firm's London and South East Middle Markets Tax Practice. Since leaving PwC, Mr Staples has joined the boards of several groups of companies as a non-executive director. He is Chairman of MedicX Fund Limited (listed on LSE main market) and Chairman of the audit committee of Premier Renewable Energy Fund Limited (listed on LSE main market). His other appointments include directorships of the general partners of four very large Apax private equity funds and a private property investment group. Mr Staples is resident in Guernsey where he is Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He also holds the Institute of Directors' Diploma in Company Direction and has been granted a personal fiduciary licence by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Mr Staples has a BSC in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of Southampton.

  • Christopher Preston

    Non-Executive Director

    Mr Preston is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Following a 30 year career in banking and investment management, of which more than half on the executive board, with institutions in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany, Mr. Preston is a principal of Preston Capital Partners, providing consultancy services to private and institutional clients. His previous executive posts include Country Manager for Bank of America, CFO for Rothschilds Bank Zurich, Division Executive for Citigroup Private Bank, Division Executive for the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, and CEO for Piguet Galland & Cie. He holds, or has held, a number of non-executive positions including as Chairman, Swisscanto Holding AG, Gérifonds S.A, Rothschild Fund Management AG, Banque Piguet S.A., Rothschild Bank Switzerland (C.I.) Ltd, and Citigroup Switzerland S.A. He holds a degree in Law from Southampton University and a joint MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology and INSEAD.