Who wouldn't jump at the chance of swapping their day job for that of a professional snowboarder in Verbier? Our newsmaker did just that. Géraldine Fasnacht is a world-renowned Swiss base jumper, wingsuit pilot, and snowboard freerider. She talks to Ana Maria Montero about how she has carved out a life that allows her to live and play professionally in the mountains. We begin by seeing her jump...and learn about the wingsuit that allows her to live her dream.
The Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union has a slogan: “Committed to connecting the world.” But a widening digital gap, a rise in cyberattacks, tighter internet restrictions in China, and the end of net neutrality in the United States is putting the organization to the test. Martina Fuchs spoke to the ITU’s Secretary-General Houlin Zhao about the new net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S. that came into effect on June 11 and handed telecom providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet. “This is their national decision…but of course we pay attention to this kind of action,” Zhao says.
Almost everybody who has been to Bern has seen it: The big yellow logo of the Loeb department store next to the main train station. The landmark building has been standing there for the past 137 years. It's stood the test of time, but now it faces a new challenge: online retail. Nicole Loeb, who leads the family business now in its fifth generation, tells Martina Fuchs how she plans to cater to a new generation of shoppers.
Lorenzo Stoll, head of Western Switzerland at Swiss International Air Lines, has set the company back on the right course in Geneva. He explains how he addresses competition from EasyJet, and why after five years of tough work he has even more plans up his sleeve.
Nicolas Müller is one of the best snowboarders in the world, but fame is not his game. While he wants to stay a professional rider for as long as he can walk, he's now playing in a new league: the business of cannabis. "Hemp, first of all, is food," he says. Three decades after they went to primary school together, he tells his former classmate Martina Fuchs about his next moves.
Stefan Meierhans's official title is National Price Supervisor, but he's also known as "the price watchdog." In this role, he supervises the price of goods and services in Switzerland, something, he confesses, that makes him new enemies every day. But after shedding light on the recent PostAuto scandal, he tells Ana Maria Montero that it's also a position that's finally getting the respect it deserves.
The piano is his instrument, and the world is his stage: Acclaimed Chinese pianist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Lang Lang ranks among the most important classical musicians of our time. In an interview with Martina Fuchs on the sidelines of the Andermatt Swiss Alps Classics, he talks about his arm injury, his planned collaboration with Kanye West, and why he finds inspiration in the Swiss Alps.
In June the Federal Council adopted contingency measures to protect Switzerland’s stock exchange infrastructure in case stock market equivalence with the European Commission is not extended. Jörg Gasser, state secretary for international finance, tells Martina Fuchs the negotiations are a tough nut to crack and could hamper Swiss-EU relations. However, he remains positive that a deal will be reached: “We are still very much convinced that towards the end of the year we will get the equivalence for our stock exchange from the European Commission.”
For most of us, the overwhelming majority of our lives will be spent indoors. That's why our Newsmaker, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies Matthias Rebellius, makes it his mission to ensure that his company’s designs are not only energy efficient and safe but are able to make us feel good, too. The company is headquartered in Zug, where Amanda Kayne met with Rebellius. She started by asking him if he had ever planned on becoming CEO when he joined the company 30 years ago.
Serguei Beloussov is a busy guy. Besides serving as CEO of Acronis, the global data-protection company he co-founded, he has also kick-started about a dozen other ventures. It's no surprise then that he has trouble staying focused. "As an entrepreneur, you have to be multiple things," he tells Martina Fuchs. "You have to be a manager, you have to be a speaker, you have to be an investor." Beloussov, who has an estimated net worth of $600 million, also discusses the threats of cyberwarfare, Switzerland’s future as a data hub, and how he manages to wear so many hats.
The second Chinese state-owned bank has stepped into the heart of Switzerland's financial district. Last Friday, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world's largest lender by assets, opened a branch in Zurich. In a rare interview with non-Chinese media, ICBC President Gu Shu tells CNNMoney Switzerland about his plans for the country and what's next in the bank’s global expansion strategy.
Andréa Maechler, member of the Swiss National Bank's governing board, tells Hannah Wise why recent SNB policy decisions aren't doubling down on precaution, why the Swiss economy is doing well, and why the SNB was happy to see a "no" majority for the sovereign money vote.
Patrick Pruniaux is the new CEO of Ulysse Nardin. Before taking the reins at the luxury watchmaker, he was part of the team that delivered the Apple watch – incidentally, a role that he signed up for without knowing what he was getting into. Before explaining Ulysse Nardin’s growth strategy, Pruniaux told CNNMoney Switzerland about the first month in his new position.
He’s an Olympian with a gold medal already under his belt, but Iouri Podladtchikov says sports are not enough for him. The 29-year-old has now debuted his first solo art exhibition in his home city of Zurich. He sat down with Hannah Wise to discuss the parallels between sports and art, and why he wants to hold on to his bad-boy image. They began by discussing the title of his exhibition: "Not a Love Story."