Thomas Schmidheiny is Chairman and founder of his family office, Spectrum Value Management. Spectrum manages the investments of the Schmidheiny family. After studying mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, Thomas began his career as Technical Director with Cementos Apasco, Mexico. In 1973 he joined “Holderbank” Financière Glaris Ltd. (which became Holcim), where he served as Managing Director and Chairman (1978-2001) and Chairman of the Board (1984-2003). He continues to be a member of the Holcim Board of Directors, and is member of the Holcim Governance, Nomination & Compensation Committee. He is a principal stockholder of Holcim. Thomas is also a board member and major shareholder of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz and Chairman of the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation for public education, amongst others. He received an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Tufts University (USA) and holds an MBA from IMD. His particular interest is philanthropy: he engages in large donations and sponsoring to business schools, arts, education and start-ups through his foundations.