Nearly a year after the Swiss agrochemical company was bought by ChemChina, Hannah Wise speaks to CEO Erik Fyrwald, who explains why the deal hasn’t led to a technology transfer, why the company now has more flexibility to grow, and why Switzerland could be a leader when it comes to sustainable agriculture.
With Switzerland’s aging population and the ever-increasing pressure on pension funds, our Newsmaker explores the potential for crypto investments. Willi Thurnherr, the CEO of Aon Hewitt Switzerland, tells Hannah Wise that pensions are far from boring.
Chocolatier Camille Bloch is a third-generation family business—and the only family-run chocolate company in Switzerland. Hannah Wise sits down with CEO Daniel Bloch to discuss the pressures of succession.
Avaloq founder Francisco Fernandez is chasing down his dreams of owning a B2C business by launching Formula V, a virtual form of Formula-level driving. Here he tells us more about his plan and why he likes to create companies.
It’s been one of the most successful IPOs in the world so far this year. But Sensirion CEO Marc von Waldkirch says he’s glad it’s over. Hannah Wise caught up with him to find out what’s next for the Swiss company and for the CEO who says his door is always open.
Wealthy countries like Switzerland have shown that they can develop economically “without polluting [their] environment,” says Maria Neira, WHO’s head of public health. Like smoking, people needed to know about the health risks of breathing air that isn’t clean, argues Neira.
The former PM of Liechtenstein Mario Frick thinks Swiss banks will start doing business with blockchain firms by second half of 2019. Currently, these types of companies struggle to open bank accounts. Bank Frick is already offering these services and has seen a huge rise in blockchain clients.
At UBS, 25 percent of managers are female, according to Stefan Seiler, group head human resources. If that sounds low, it’s still above average in Switzerland. Seiler says that while UBS is working to raise that number the problem lies within Swiss culture, making it a difficult challenge. Part 2 of our special series with Universum.
Given the low interest rates, changing fiscal policy, and confusing geopolitical landscape, “it’s the toughest time in 30 years” for funds, says Brett Himbury, the CEO of Industry Funds Management. With uncertain times ahead, he says the focus should be on returns, not on high management fees.
Creating a show for thousands is no small feat, especially one like the Fête des Vignerons, which comes around once a generation. But Daniele Finzi Pasca, co-founder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, has put on shows for the likes of Cirque du Soleil and the Olympics so he knows a thing or two about it.
Switzerland Travel Centre, the country’s largest tour operator, projects that within the next three years the share of tourists coming from China will increase to 20 percent. In an exclusive interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, CEO Michael Maeder says, “We are getting 10 percent of the share from China this year, but we do expect it to grow.”
Diversity is a major asset when it comes to science and medicine in Switzerland, says Francis-Luc Perret, director of the ISREC Foundation, which supports experimental cancer research. The former EPFL professor says it furthers “new ideas, new concepts and new paradigms,” which he says has worked to the country’s advantage.
A new survey shows 41 percent of employees are looking to change jobs in the next year. Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, ABB’s chief HR officer, says the key to keeping employees is to remain diverse and provide them with the experiences they’re looking for, in part one of our special series with Universum.
Bill Clinton once called Hernando de Soto “the world’s most important living economist.” De Soto argues that the biggest problem facing inequality is the lack of property rights in developing nations. He says giving the poor property titles could unleash $168 trillion in “dead capital.”
A day after the U.N. issued its starkest warning yet of the risks of global warming, Martina Fuchs sits down with Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, which contributed to the report. He says that every country, Switzerland included, needs to do more.