She is one of the best-known businesswomen in French-speaking Switzerland and is at the forefront of Swiss innovation. Nicola Thibaudeau has been called a true force of nature and is certainly not your typical executive. Born in Canada, she grew up with ten siblings and always had big dreams – many of which have become reality, for example getting a pilot license or climbing some of the highest mountains. As CEO of the successful micromechanical company MPS, she keeps growing the business. In this week's Executive Talk, she tells our editor-in-chief Urs Gredig how she motivates her employees and why she does not like the idea of quotas for women.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Axel Lehmann knows about dealing with competition. As president of UBS Switzerland, the pressure to stay on top is intense. What’s key, he says, is to always stay hungry. It’s advice that also applies to Switzerland, because “our competition is everywhere.”
Sweden’s central bank recently announced plans to introduce a national cryptocurrency, thanks to the country’s fast-growing cashless trend. So will Switzerland follow suit? Not so fast, says SNB Chairman Thomas Jordan.
The CEO of Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB is in the midst of transforming the company into a more focused industrial player. How does he deal with the pressure, the criticism, and activist shareholders along the way?
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.