Board Members



Jella Benner-Heinacher,  Chair

 Vice-Manager in Chief of Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz (DSW).

Jella Benner-Heinacher joined DSW in 1991 and was appointed Managing Director in 1994.

 She is primarily responsible for: Euroshareholders in Brussels; Corporate Governance issues in commissions such as Baums- and Cromme-Commission, DSW’s participation in the legislation procedure at a national and international level, Speaking at Annual General Meetings such as SAP, Metro, Henkel and KarstadtQuelle

 She is an attorney having studied in France, Switzerland and the U.S..Jella Benner-Heinacher is also member of the Stock Exchange Board in Düsseldorf and member of the Take-over Committee (at the BaFin) in Frankfurt. Besides she is a member of the supervisory boards of TUI AG, K + S AG, A.S. Creation AG. Jella Benner-Heinacher has been chairing the board of ECGS since 2001.



Dominique Biedermann       

Dominique Biedermann has been chairman of Ethos’ foundation and Ethos Services’ Boards since 12 June 2015. Until his appointment as chairman, he was the CEO of Ethos Foundation from 1998 and of Ethos Services from its creation in 2000.
He received his PhD in economics from the University of Geneva in 1989. In 1991, He joined the Pension Fund of the Teachers of the Public Education System and the Civil Servants of the Administration of the Canton of Geneva (CIA) as deputy director, and from 1994 to 1998 as executive director. In 1997, he participated in the creation of the Ethos Foundation.
Dominique Biedermann is a member of the board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives since 2012. He is also member of the committee for ethics and deontology of the University of Geneva. He received the Landis & Gyr 2012 Award in recognition of his personal commitment to the implementation of corporate governance best practice and the principles of sustainable development in investment activities. In 2013, he received from the University of Fribourg an honorary degree for his contribution to the adoption of good governance by Swiss companies and his commitment to socially responsible investment. He has been member of the board of ECGS since 2007.

Pierre-Henri Leroy        

  Pierre-Henri Leroy, is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and of the Paris University Law School, an MBA Graduate from Columbia University in New York, is the founder and president of Proxinvest.

After serving with The French Industrial Development Agency in the United States, he was associated with international chemical groups Hoechst-Roussel-Uclaf in Paris and Frankfurt as International Treasurer from 1976 to 1980, and CdF Chimie, as Finance Director and Treasurer from 1981 to 1985.

In 1985, he joined Bankers Trust as a Vice-President and introduced new financial products in France, such as interest rate swaps, preference floating rate shares, debt to equity swaps. In 1990, he was appointed Director of Funding of Crédit Lyonnais, in charge of managing liabilities, supervising twenty listed affiliates of the banking group and Chairman of Crédit Lyonnais Finance Ltd. (Guernsey).

He resigned from Crédit Lyonnais in 1995 to create Proxinvest. He participated to the 1995 founding session of the ICGN in Washington D.C. Since 2001, he is a member of the French AMF Committee on Individual Investors Protection. He has been a member of the board of directors of ECGS since 2001.


Rien Strootman

Rien Strootman studied Business Administration at RSM Erasmus University. He wrote his master thesis about Pay-for-Performance amongst Dutch companies in the 2002-2006 period. Rien started his career as consultant strategic finance, analyst at Shareholder Support since 2007.

Rien Strootman is actively involved in proxy analyses as well as the in-depth analyses for a variety of clients. In 2012 he was co-author of the study “KPIs and sustainability performance. An empirical analysis concerning the use and development of KPIs on sustainability performance reporting for the largest stock listed firms in the Netherlands”.

Rien's fields of expertise are executive compensation, corporate governance, Corporate finance and risk management.

Since 2015, Rien Strootman has been owner and CEO of Shareholder Support.