Do Swiss companies invest enough in R&D? Do Swiss companies invest enough in R&D? Do Swiss companies invest enough in R&D?
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.
Ana Maria Montero
How older Swiss brands can reach new younger audiences
Generation Z consists of true digital natives who have spent much of their lives online. Yannick Blättler, CEO and founder of consulting company Neoviso, says while it’s important for companies to engage with the new generation using social media platforms, it is trickier than they may think.
Ana Maria Montero
Is your business ready for the rise of Generation Z?
Many companies are struggling to connect with Generation Z, those born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. Yannick Blättler is the 25-year-old entrepreneur whose company, Neoviso, is helping them better engage with the new generation in order to access their time, their skills, and their wallets. He breaks down how the Swiss corporate world can tap into the mind-set of today’s youth to help their bottom line.
Hannah Wise
Volvo “might consider” a return to the Geneva Motor Show
Natalie Robyn, the managing director of Volvo Cars Switzerland, explains why Volvo skipped the Geneva International Motor Show this year and talks about the uphill climb for the car industry as it regains consumers’ trust after “dieselgate.”
Hannah Wise
Volvo’s new parental leave gives others a run for their money
Volvo Cars’ new six-month parental leave is one of the best policies of its kind in Switzerland. Natalie Robyn, managing director of Volvo Cars Switzerland, says she is not trying to influence politics. But after Novartis’ new 14-week parental leave, pressure may mount on other Swiss companies and lawmakers.
Hannah Wise
There’s no “positive discrimination” at Unigestion, says CEO Frick
How does Swiss asset manager Unigestion hire new talent? “We will always favor meritocracy,” says Fiona Frick, but she admits that a more diverse group is better for their success. She talks diversity, equal pay, and whether or not she will join the upcoming nationwide Women’s Strike on June 14.
Hannah Wise
Unigestion CEO: “I don’t see my job as making the rich richer”
After 30 years at Swiss asset manager Unigestion, CEO Fiona Frick says she’s learned the secret to intelligent risk, and a big part of that means including ESG in overseeing more than USD 23 billion in assets. Here she talks about the perfect investment mix and about what sets her firm apart from the rest.
Hannah Wise
Going green isn’t easy, warns asset manager Unigestion
Last year saw huge growth in sustainable investment, but for Geneva-based asset management firm Unigestion, environmental, social, and corporate governance has added new risk to manage. As CEO Fiona Frick explains, doing good and making money at the same time is a challenge.
Ana Maria Montero
The fight for open access to scientific research
More than 50 percent of papers published by Swiss scientists in the past 10 years are free to access, which puts Switzerland at number one in the world. But as many as 90 percent of scientific research articles globally are still hidden behind paywalls and that, argues Frontiers CEO Kamila Markram, is detrimental to progress and innovation.
Ana Maria Montero
“The world’s never been better off,” says Frontiers CEO
Kamila Markram, CEO and co-founder of the scientific research community Frontiers, celebrates the positivity of our times and blames the way news is reported and consumed for creating a “distorted view” of the world. With the Science Unlimited Forum next week, she aims to highlight accomplishments and ultimately create the “Montreux Jazz Festival” of science.
Ana Maria Montero
Music fans “a bit lost” amid Spotify’s infinite choices, says Mathieu Jaton
Streaming services provide people more access to music and help artists to increase their revenues. But on the flipside, they make it hard for festivals to know who to book, as it has become more difficult to predict who will be the star of tomorrow. However, Montreux Jazz Festival Director Mathieu Jaton has an answer.
Ana Maria Montero
Elton John at Montreux Jazz: more artistic coup than moneymaker
Sir Elton John’s choice of a stadium over the Stravinski Hall for his Montreux Jazz Festival show led the organization to embark on a first, according to Director Mathieu Jaton. They will co-produce the performance with American entertainment giant AEG and Elton John’s management, a risk that Jaton is hoping will pay off.
Hannah Wise
“I’m quite anti-quotas,” says Zurich Insurance chairman
Zurich Insurance Chairman Michel Liès feels strongly that there should be diversity on company boards, saying they should reflect the company’s clients and the world around it. However, he feels just as strongly that quotas are not the way to go.
Hannah Wise
Zurich Chairman Liès: Digitalization is destruction and opportunity
Zurich Insurance chairman Michel Liès knows that digitalization is shaking up his industry. The insurance veteran goes so far as to say it is “destroying” the solidarity that lies at its core. But he adds that digital transformation also presents an opportunity to better understand the risk before the claims process has even started.
Ana Maria Montero
How Europe can counter China on artificial intelligence
China may have unlimited access to its own data, but according to Jürgen Schmidhuber, scientific director of Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Europe has the ammo to compete. The solution? Basic economics: Create, for instance, a healthcare market where every patient can become a micro-entrepreneur of their own data.

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