Schaffner Holding AG

Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Schaffner Holding AG

Luterbach (ots) -

    - Dividend payment of CHF 2.00 per registered share

    - Leo Steiner Chairman of the Board of Directors

    - new head of the Test Systems business presented

      Resumption of dividend payments

    The 9th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Schaffner Holding AG, which was held on January 12, 2005, approved a gross dividend of CHF 2.00 per registered share. After deduction of withholding tax of 35%, a net dividend of CHF 1.30 per registered share will be payable as of January 17, 2005.

    New Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Following the Annual General Meeting, Schaffner bade farewell to its longstanding Board Chairman Alex Oechslin, who has reached the statutory age limit. The Board of Directors would like to thank the outgoing Chairman for all his hard work. During more than 20 years, Alex Oechslin played an absolutely crucial role in the development of the Schaffner Group. Under his stewardship, the Schaffner Group expanded to become the global enterprise it is today. Among the many milestones achieved during his time with the Group were the opening of a first production facility in Thailand back in 1989 and the flotation of Schaffner Holding AG on the SWX Swiss Exchange in 1998. The Board of Directors has appointed existing Board member Leo Steiner (Chief Executive Officer of the Komax Group) as its new Chairman.

    New head for the Test Systems business

    The new head of Schaffner's Test Systems business is Johannes Schmid. As a member of the Group Management he will take over as Executive Vice President, Head of Test Systems, from mid-February 2005. Johannes Schmid (1957) is a Swiss citizen. He graduated from the ETH Zurich in 1981 with a diploma degree in electronic engineering, going on to complete postgraduate studies in business management at the ETH-Center for Enterprise Sciences and the International Executive Program (IEP) at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (F). Between 1982 and 2001 he held various management positions at Mettler-Toledo, latterly as General Manager Standard Industrial. He then moved to Feintool International Holding AG in Lyss, where he was responsible for the Feintool Automation Division until mid-2004.

ots Originaltext: Schaffner Holding AG
Internet: www.presseportal.ch/de/englisch

Kontakt:
Dr. Fritz Gantert
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tel.         +41/32/681'66'02
E-Mail:    fgantert@schaffner.com

Dr. Martin Zwyssig
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Tel.         +41/32/681'66'08
E-Mail:    mzwyssig@schaffner.com

Schaffner Holding AG, CH-4542 Luterbach
Tel.         +41/32/681'66'26
Fax:         +41/32/681'66'30
Internet: www.schaffner.ch
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