After the slump of recent years, Switzerland’s 400 year-old watchmaking industry is making something of a comeback. Whilst last year’s export numbers are still a far cry from the double digits of just a decade ago, optimism prevails. One of those optimists is François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of the famous Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet. In the first part of this Newsmaker interview he tells CNNMoney Switzerland’s Ana Maria Montero that the company’s success is down to staying true to their brand.
A vision for Baselworld 2020 and beyond—including a new digital approach—will be unveiled by Managing Director Michel Loris-Melikoff tomorrow. But will this be enough to secure the long-term future of the world’s best-known watch fair and convince big names like Swatch to return?
As a man who sits on many boards, Raymond Loretan, head of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, knows about strong leadership. When it comes to Switzerland’s framework agreement with the EU, he says that a “lack of leadership” is to blame for not getting the deal done.
Even though the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the annual awards ceremony for watchmaking, is in its 19th year, few outside the industry are aware of it. Raymond Loretan, head of GPHG, plans to change that by turning the event into the “Oscars for watches” and bringing its glamour to the entire world.
Carriers in Europe have been struggling with rising fuel prices and the toll from the U.S.-China trade war. But Alexandre de Juniac, head of global aviation body IATA, says that after the hard landing of Britain’s Monarch, Air Berlin, and Germania Flug, he doesn’t see more airlines going bust.
Electric planes will be ready in 20 years, according to Alexandre de Juniac, director general & CEO of the Geneva-based International Air Transport Association. While he strongly rejects an aviation levy, he says the industry’s targets to mitigate CO2 emissions from air transport will be effective.
Web Foundation CEO Adrian Lovett says it’s up to all of us to try and fix the internet’s problems—data breaches, privacy concerns, and online bullying, just to name a few. And his foundation has some ideas as to how we can do it.
The web was created to be free and open for all, but 30 years on has it lived up to its inventor’s vision? Not quite, says Web Foundation CEO Adrian Lovett, who thinks a new so-called “contract for the web” is the way forward.
Fifteen percent of new car sales in Switzerland must be electric by 2022 – that's higher than in neighboring Europe. Geneva International Motor Show President Maurice Turrettini explains why he thinks these targets are unfair. Plus: why the home of the motor show should also have its own grand prix.
Interroll says it’s the best in the business when it comes to internal logistics. But can the company really stay two steps ahead of the competition when it spends just 3-8 percent of profits on R&D? In part two, CEO Paul Zumbühl defends his budget.
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.