Despite the rise of robots and AI, the human voice is back in the spotlight, according to Alexey Popov, the founder and CEO of Spitch, the Swiss speech-recognition and voice biometrics start-up. “We have to stop fighting against the voice,” he tells Martina Fuchs on The Newsmaker. “In the recent 10, 15 years, we tried to move the conversation from the natural to the artificial way .... But I believe the peak is reached.”
Interroll is a Ticino-based firm that helps people and products move from point A to B—think luggage carousels, for instance. CEO Paul Zumbühl explains that while business is booming, you still have to stay two steps ahead if you want to stay competitive as a global Swiss company.
Pharma giant Novartis is trying to turn its management style on its head and foster a corporate culture referred to as “unbossing.” In the fourth episode of our special HR series with Universum, Steven Baert, Chief People & Organization Officer, shares the challenges that Novartis is facing.
Antoine Hubert is the CEO of Aevis Victoria, Switzerland’s second largest owner of private clinics. Although he recognizes that cross-border workers are essential to his business, he says he doesn’t lose sleep over tensions building between Bern and Brussels regarding the free movement of people.
Simon Otto had a contract at DreamWorks before he graduated from Gobelins over 20 years ago. He worked his way up from animator to head of character animation in “How to Train Your Dragon.” The latest in that threequel is now set for release and is again expected to gross in the hundreds of millions.
The first mainland Chinese to serve on the board of UBS is known by many as a “rainmaker.” Fred Hu, founder and chairman of Primavera Capital, talks about the “significant pullback” in China’s M&A, the “contraction” of its economy, and whether China will make more moves in Switzerland this year.
More than 50 percent of Ctrip’s workforce is female. So how did Jane Jie Sun, CEO of China’s largest online travel platform achieve this? The businesswoman also explains why the firm is investing in supersonic travel and talks about her own desire to travel to space.
How does Syngenta, the world’s biggest pesticide maker, plan to help tackle climate change in agriculture? CEO Erik Fyrwald believes innovations such as drought-resistant corn are sustainable solutions that will pay off financially and environmentally.
All countries should have binding laws to help reduce carbon footprint, according to Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International. “I would have expected Switzerland to get in front of it, but they haven’t,” she told Martina Fuchs at last week’s WEF meeting in Davos.
Romeo Lacher, chairman of SIX, sees positive elements in the framework agreement that Switzerland negotiated with the European Union. But he also sees a “lack of courage” from the Swiss government in promoting it. SIX has become a “bargaining chip” in the negotiations, he says, as the market equivalence with the EU has only been renewed until June.
Switzerland’s two leading watch fairs, SIHH and Baselworld, have agreed to sync their calendars through 2024. However, according to Fabienne Lupo, managing director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the cooperation is likely to end there. Anything more, she says, just “doesn’t make sense.”
Academic and former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani is the author of the provocative book “Has the West Lost It?”. The answer, he says, "is no or not yet. But I fear the West is about to lose it." Find out what the Asian century and the rise of China mean for Switzerland—and the world.
The Swiss hotel industry has been forced to grapple with global warming and one way it has dealt with the issue has been to rethink autumn travel. Peter Kämpfer, the new general manager of the five-star Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, says that extending the summer season is also key.
When the Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide ran into financial problems in 1994, Andreas Züllig, an employee there at the time, decided to raise the money to buy and renovate it. As we continue our winter tourism series, he tells us about the decision to become the owner of that venerated establishment.
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is planning a health restaurant as part of a five-month renovation of its Grand Hotel Quellenhof. It comes amid a growing appetite for body-focused breaks and lifestyle medicine. General Manager Marco Zanolari also says there’s an explosion in medical hotels.