As CEO of Ikea Switzerland, Simona Scarpaleggia practices what she preaches. Having closed the pay and gender gaps at her company, she challenges other managers to do the same, calling it a win-win for both business and morale. She also urges women to be open about their ambitions and unafraid to be changemakers.
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."
These are the words of the man who has brought 25 years of classical music performances to the slopes of the Swiss mountain resort of Verbier. Martin Engström studied piano as a youngster but confesses he never had the discipline to practice. He went on to found the prestigious Verbier Festival, which aims to bring together up-and-coming and established musicians. However, it was not exactly easy for the Swede to find sponsors. Here he talks about the journey with Ana Maria Montero.
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says partnerships with businesses may offer solutions for some of the challenges the organization faces. Peter Maurer told CNNMoney Switzerland that investors looking for social impact projects may be attracted to ICRC’s model, where funds are immediately used for critical humanitarian aid. He also admitted that certain risks may be involved at times in partnering with the private sector.
She is one of 17 children of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho, and with some USD 5.5 billion to her name, she's the richest woman in Hong Kong. She also chairs Shun Tak Holdings, a property developer that runs ferries and operates hotels. Martina Fuchs spoke to her at the Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit 2018 in Andermatt about her personal and professional lives, and why she is betting on more female executives in Asia.
When it comes to health care, residents of Switzerland have unlimited access and virtually no wait times. But it comes at a cost. Daniel Schmutz, CEO of Helsana, sat down with CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne and explained why his company is moving towards becoming a life coach, not only a health insurer.
In her role as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres dedicated herself to rebuilding the global climate change negotiating process leading up the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. On our Newsmaker hour tonight, she tells Ana Maria Montero that despite the challenges, she remains fully committed to the cause.
Politics isn’t about who shouts the loudest. These are the thoughts of tonight's Newsmaker, Hagai M. Segal. The geopolitical analyst assesses the situation in Europe with regards to migration and Brexit. He also discusses how the U.S. has weakened its position as a negotiator by dropping out of one deal (Iran) at the same time as announcing another (North Korea). The problem, he says, is that nations will come to think of deals lasting only as long as a given presidency.
The job of a casting director is arguably one of the most important when it comes to a film's success, but also one of the most understated. For tonight’s Newsmaker hour, we talked to Swiss casting director Corinna Glaus about finding the right person for the role. She explains to Ana Maria Montero that she has to get to the very heart of what a director is looking for and then trust her gut when finding the best fit for the role.
As the son of a politician, Enda Kenny was exposed to the workings of government at a young age but became a primary school teacher instead. It wasn't until age 24 that he decided to switch careers and follow in his father's footsteps. He eventually went on to serve as prime minister of Ireland from 2011 to 2017, during which time he was credited with leading the country out of the financial crisis. During a recent trip to Zurich, Kenny spoke to Ana Maria Montero about the current state of Ireland and the parallels he draws between leading a nation and climbing mountains.
She is a former Goldman Sachs trader, got promoted to vice president by the age of just 26, and was named a "30 under 30" by Forbes magazine. Mona El Isa is CEO and co-founder of Zug-based Melonport and knows how to crack codes. But although she is running a successful fintech company, she tells Martina Fuchs that breaking the glass ceiling in the blockchain industry is even tougher than in the world of investment banking. Asked about the rising risks of a crypto crash, she warns: "We haven't seen the bubble burst yet....The hype is far ahead of where the technology is right now."
Formulating a universal definition of workplace harassment and guaranteeing workers' rights against attacks are the themes of this year's annual meeting at the International Labour Organization. The group's director general, Guy Ryder, tells CNNMoney Switzerland that the ILO identified harassment and violence at work as areas for action in 2015, even before the emergence of the #MeToo movement. The former union organizer also spoke about the need to redefine work as technology and connectivity increasingly extend formal working hours.