THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ENSURES THE EFFICIENT OPERATIONS OF MENTICE.
Lonnie Howell has held multiple executive positions in the banking and investment sector since the late 1970s, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of EFG International, a listed bank holding company. From 1995 to 1997, Lawrence was CEO of the predecessor entity, EFG Bank, and Chief Executive Officer of EFG Bank Zurich from 1997 to 2005. He was with Coutts & Co. International Private Banking from 1989 until 1995, where he was Head of Americas based in New York and responsible for clients domiciled in the Americas as well as for the bank’s offices in the USA, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Latin America. Prior to 1993, he was Head of Americas and Asia in Zurich and New York. From 1986 to 1989, Lawrence spent three years at Citibank Switzerland as Vice President in charge of Swiss Ultra High Net Worth clients. From 1985 to 1986 he was with McKinsey & Co. in New York consulting on insurance, retail banking and private banking. He started his career at Citibank in 1978 as internal legal counsel for the International Private Banking Division. Thereafter, from 1981 to 1984 he was Chief of Staff for the Head of Private Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (JP Cuoni).
Magnus Hardmeier is the Managing Director of Priveq Investment, a leading Swedish private equity investor, and an investor in Mentice AB since 2005. He has accumulated more than 20 years of venture capital and private equity business experience. Prior to joining Priveq Investment in 1987, Magnus worked in the financial department at Wallenius and spent three years with the Swedish venture capital company Företagskapital. He has been actively involved in a number of different business sectors, with a particular focus on medical technology and high-tech product companies. Investments include Jostra, Hörnell, Novaseptic and M2 Engineering. Magnus has a degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and did MBA level studies at McGill University, Canada.
Bengt Sjöholm has long experience from the Medtech industry, essentially within the pharmaceutical and hospital sectors. Bengt held leading positions in the Getinge Group, being a part of the group management for more than 10 years. He was also CEO of Tylö group, a company within the wellness business and Movement Medical AB, an orthopedic hospital, now a part of the Capio group.
Bengt is currently involved in creating a new concept for hospital management, Hälsostaden.
Johann Koss is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur who has been widely acknowledged for his work in promoting the use of sport and play as a tool for positive childhood development. He founded Right To Play in 2000, dedicating himself to growing it into an influential international non-government organization and a leader in the Sport for Development and Peace movement. Currently, the organization operates in more than 20 countries reaching over one million children each week, and has of 2014 had an annual budget of $48 million. The organization is supported by 650 staff worldwide and 16,000 volunteer Coaches.
Johann has received a number of awards for his philanthropic service and leadership. Most recently, he received the Order of Canada from the Governor General, the order is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
Before founding Right To Play, Johann was an Olympic speed skater and is considered to be one of the greatest winter Olympians of all time. In 1994 he made world headlines when he won three gold medals in the Lillehammer Olympic Games, in his home country of Norway.
Johann has an undergraduate medical degree from the University of Queensland, and an Executive MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. He has received honorary degrees from Brock University, the University of Calgary, the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, the University of Aust Agder in Norway and most recently the University of Guelph-Humber.