Our Editor-in-Chief Urs Gredig sits down with the CEOs and Chairmen of Swiss companies as well as other opinion leaders and policy makers in the country. Business is a topic, but not only: we want to know what makes these people tick! What drives the entrepreneurs, what is their business philosophy and how do they measure and face the challenges of their industry? Who is the person behind the image, the character behind the brand? The tone is fresh but challenging, personal yet authoritative, and always entertaining as we get to know the personalities that make up Switzerland.
As a 5-year-old, he promoted fish fingers on TV, as a teen he was a Swiss athletics champion, and since 2011 Urs Rohner has been chairman of the board at Credit Suisse. How does he react to criticism, what did the financial crisis teach him, and why does he find banking “intellectually stimulating”?
Helene Niedhart never shied away from challenges. When as a professional pilot she couldn’t find a job, she simply started her own company, Cat Aviation. Thirty years later, the first and only female owner of an airline in Switzerland looks back on her career and her leadership principles.
Jane Owen, the British ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, discusses the special relationship between Switzerland and the United Kingdom and how the two countries could become even stronger allies after Brexit.
As the political career of Doris Leuthard slowly draws to a close, we ask the popular member of the Swiss government what she loves—and doesn’t love—about her demanding job, and what she plans to do when she eventually leaves the Federal Council.
Carole Hübscher, chairwoman of Caran d’Ache, the famed-manufacturer of luxury writing instruments, discusses how to profit from disruption, why maintaining Swiss character remains a challenge, and whether working in a family business adds additional pressure.
According to Guinness World Records, no other shoe company has sold as many products as Swiss-based retailer Bata. However, the brand suffers from a coolness deficit, admits CEO Alexis Nasard. In this week’s Executive Talk, the Lebanese-born manager tells Urs Gredig how he plans to make the Bata product portfolio trendier. Nasard also reveals why he looks to Lady Gaga, Pope Francis, and Emmanuel Macron for inspiration and shares how growing up in a war-torn country has marked him personally and professionally.
Andrea Pfeifer is a woman on a mission. The CEO of the Lausanne-based, Nasdaq-listed Swiss biopharmaceutical AC Immune is determined to find breakthrough therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Pfeifer—who as head of Nestlé’s Global Research managed a group of more than 600 people—took a risk in taking charge of a then unknown start-up. “I was going back to square zero,” she says, “with no business plan and no guarantee for success.” In this week’s Executive Talk, she tells Editor in Chief Urs Gredig about her leadership principles, her values, and what people like Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs have taught her about being a good boss.
As president of the world-renowned business school IMD in Lausanne, Jean-François Manzoni knows a thing or two about leadership. In fact, he teaches executives how to face the various challenges of heading a company. So what qualities make for a good business leader? And can anyone learn to become a CEO? That, among other things, is what CNNMoney Switzerland’s Editor in Chief Urs Gredig asked the Canadian-French academic in his wide-ranging Executive Talk this week.
He is not only one of the best chefs in the world but also a successful business man. Andreas Caminada holds three Michelin stars, 19 Gault Millau points, and his restaurant in a tiny village in Graubünden is regularly ranked among the top 50 in the world. But he’s a brand, too, and he knows how to sell his persona as much as his culinary creations. In an interview with Editor in Chief Urs Gredig, the youngest three-star chef in Europe talks about his business sense, why he considers pressure a good thing, and how despite his laid-back image he can still get loud in the kitchen.
As a world renown expert in electrical engineering, computer sciences and applied mathematics, Martin Vetterli is a star in Swiss academic circles. And as president of the EPFL in Lausanne, he is also the head of an institution that ranks among the world’s best universities. In this interview with Urs Gredig, he tells us whether he thinks Switzerland has lost ground on innovation and how growing up without a television has made him a better scientist.
Marianne Janik, CEO of Microsoft Switzerland, is at the forefront of digital transformation. Working for the tech giant has taught her about the huge potential of digitalization, but it has also made her aware that with big data comes big responsibility. Find out how Janik is fighting to break through the glass ceiling and why she sometimes prefers a good old-fashioned pen and paper to a computer or a tablet.