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.
Jürg Schmid has been at the helm of Switzerland’s marketing and sales organization for almost 18 years. What does the tourism expert think about the big challenges in the industry, the international competition, and the Swiss “high price island”?
The CEO of Switzerland’s biggest life insurer, who had to undergo cancer treatment last year, talks about his return to work, his leadership principles and how he balances his executive duties with being a father to three small children.
With all his success, Roger Federer has always felt the need to give something back to those less fortunate. In 2003 he started a foundation that supports educational programs for children. CEO Janine Händel talks about the challenges of her job and her famous boss.
Rahn+Bodmer, Switzerland’s oldest private bank, has offered traditional personalized asset management for almost 270 years. One of the bank’s five partners, Martin H. Bidermann, tells us why other banks could learn from their model and how he deals with the pressure of having unlimited liability as an owner.
As head of the world’s largest temp staffing agency, Belgium-born Alain Dehaze is the boss of more than 30,000 employees. Where does he see the biggest challenges in the future of work and how have his own experiences helped him to become a good executive?
Swiss-based u-blox started with the invention of the world’s smallest GPS module. Twenty years later, it’s an internationally successful company. CEO Thomas Seiler talks about the endless opportunities as well as the current difficult environment for the chip producer.
Liechtenstein based Ivoclar Vivadent has been a leading international dental company for over 90 years, and in 2019, Diego Gabathuler will become the new CEO. How does the future boss see his new role and how does he tackle the technological and digital transformation in the industry?
The Swiss sports shoe company On started in 2010 as a project between three friends. Eight years later, the Zurich-based team has taken on the likes of Nike and Adidas. Find out why co-founder David Allemann thinks the sky’s the limit and why arguing with his friends sometimes helps to clear the air.
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.
The acting president of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce tells us why he sees China in the driver’s seat of the world economy and how the Swiss could profit from the current trade tensions.