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Andrea Broggini, the chairman of Migros, Switzerland’s largest retailer and private employer, talks about the complexity of his job, the challenges in the industry, and the threat of new disruptors.
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Hotel executive Tanja Wegmann: “I’m more relaxed than 10 years ago”
The general manager of the Grand Hotel les Trois Rois in Basel has returned to the oldest city hotel in Europe after working in other industries. Does she manage her staff differently compared to 10 years ago and how have her leadership values changed over time?
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Jürg Marquard: “I made a lot of money, but I also lost a lot of money”
In 1965, Jürg Marquard launched what would eventually become his eponymous publishing company with a small loan from friends. More than 50 years later, his multimillion dollar media group remains one of the most successful in the industry. And he’s not about to stop working any time soon.
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Parmigiani CEO: “Watchmaking is the true expression of the Swiss way”
Davide Traxler has worked for several prestigious watch companies in his career. Now he’s at the helm of Parmigiani Fleurier, one of the very few Swiss watchmakers that manufacture every component in-house.
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Ava founder Lea von Bidder: “We have a diversity issue in the start-up world”
Last year, Lea von Bidder, the designated CEO of Ava, a Zurich- and San Francisco-based start-up specializing in women’s digital health care, was the only Swiss named in Forbes’s annual “30 Under 30” list. Von Bidder talks to us about being one of the few female executives in her field and why being from Switzerland can be asset, even in Silicon Valley.
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Benedikt Germanier: From top banker to renegade ski entrepreneur
Former researcher Benedikt Germanier swapped his banking career for the slopes and the challenge of being CEO of the ski manufacturer ZAI. We talked to Germanier about what he wants to achieve with his premium brand and how the financial crisis in 2008 shaped him as a businessman. He also revealed why, despite taking a pay cut and working more than ever, he is happier than he ever was working for a bank.
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Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan: How to be a boss in an “unbossed” company
The American-born Harvard doctor has been at the head of the Swiss pharmaceutical company since February of last year, and he didn’t lose any time changing the corporate culture of the company. Why does he think innovation should come from the bottom and how does wearing jeans and no tie help make him a better executive?
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Venture capital pioneer Gina Domanig: Swiss start-ups “could achieve a lot more”
In the year 2000, American-born Gina Domanig founded Emerald Technology Ventures, the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Today, her company has more than 60 investments in emerging industrial technology leaders, and she serves on several company boards in Switzerland. How does she make the right investment decisions and why are Swiss businesses tough customers for venture capital?
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"We stand out because the rest is quite bad,” says H. Moser CEO
Edouard Meylan, CEO of watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., knows how to build buzz, be it by making models out of cheese or by speaking out against a lack of government support for the industry. How does this rebel from a traditional watch family come up with his ideas and is it more than just smart PR?
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The CEO of AMAG can be a “really nasty guy”
The CEO of AMAG Group can be a “really nasty guy,” when he’s not happy. Morten Hannesbo revealed this when we talked to him about how he gives a long leash but still controls things. Morten Hannesbo has led AMAG, the biggest automotive company in Switzerland, for nine years, but it’s sometimes been a bumpy road for the Dane. During the 2015 VW emission scandal, for instance, he had to be in constant crisis management mode. How does he cope with the pressure and what drives this car aficionado?
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Logitech’s Bracken Darrell: The CEO who once fired himself
Since the American took over as president and CEO of Logitech, the Swiss technology accessories company has known only one direction: up! So what’s Bracken Darrell’s key to success and how did his modest upbringing in western Kentucky shape him as an executive.
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Migros chairman: Our founder was a disruptor like Jeff Bezos
Andrea Broggini, the chairman of Migros, Switzerland’s largest retailer and private employer, talks about the complexity of his job, the challenges in the industry, and the threat of new disruptors.
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Switzerland’s top headhunter: “I’m in the business of making people happy”
For almost 40 years, Bjørn Johansson has quietly been one of the most influential businessmen in the country. As head of a boutique executive-search firm, he has placed nearly 1,000 CEOs and chairmen around the world. What has his work taught him about leadership and how do Swiss executives compare to their international competitors?
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Winfried Ruigrok: “Swiss executives punch above their weight”
The Laver Cup began in 2017 and pits the best tennis players in Europe against those from the rest of the world, including legends both active and retired. CEO Steve Zacks talks about the challenges of launching a new tournament, the potential for a women’s version, and how to set ticket prices.
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How to deal with mistakes when errors can be deadly
As Switzerland’s air navigation controller, skyguide steers more than a million flights each year through some of Europe’s most complex airspace. How does CEO Alex Bristol and his team deal with the daily pressure and how can he as a leader define the corporate culture regarding safety?
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