Caran d’Ache president: “We are a love brand” Caran d’Ache president: “We are a love brand” Caran d’Ache president: “We are a love brand”
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.
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Ramon Vega: From grade A footballer to triple A asset manager
The former Swiss international is now a successful financial adviser in London, and he sees a lot of similarities between the world of a top-level athlete and the world of the financial industry.
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Why the ex-“Mr. Switzerland Tourism” thinks the Swiss are too modest
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”?
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Patrick Frost: “It wasn’t easy talking about my cancer diagnosis”
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.
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CEO of Roger Federer Foundation: “We don’t do show, we do philanthropy”
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.
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“We are banquiers, not bankers,” says Rahn+Bodmer partner
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.
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Adecco CEO Alain Dehaze’s advice: “Dream big and be bold!”
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?
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Why u-blox doesn’t want to be an Apple company
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.
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Ivoclar’s designated CEO: How to transform dentistry with a smile
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?
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Move On Up! How three friends from Zurich dared to challenge Nike
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.
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Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne CEO: We choose students for their values
Michel Rochat is the head of arguably the most prestigious hotel school in the world. How does he manage to keep on top of the rankings and what leadership principles does he teach to his students?
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CS Chairman Rohner: “Bankers were never loved, at best respected”
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”?
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Are you really worth a CHF 15 million salary, Mr. Schwan?
The Roche CEO discusses his remuneration, the importance of failure, and why Switzerland risks losing its competitive edge in the field of big data.
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Female airline boss: “People in the industry were laughing at me!”
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.
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Marc Walder: From tennis pro to digitization guru and media master
The Ringier CEO on how his former career in professional sports has helped him become a better leader and why he has never lost his journalistic curiosity.

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