Board of digitalswitzerland

digitalswitzerland comprises more than 150 leading companies, organisations, academia and politics to achieve its mission. To guide the organisation, the Executive Committee accompanies digitalswitzerland in concrete projects in the operational phase. The Steering Committee controls and steers via the overall strategy for digitalswitzerland.

Members of the Executive Committee

Ivo Furrer

VR Helvetia & Julius Bär, President of the Executive Committee

Christian Wenger

Partner Wenger & Vieli

Fathi Derder

National Council FDP

Martin Vetterli

President EPFL

Marianne Janik

General Manager, Microsoft Switzerland

Urs Häusler

CEO valantic CEC Schweiz

Andreas Meyer

CEO SBB

Marcel Stalder

Managing Partner Markets - Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Pascale Vonmont

Direktorin, Gebert Rüf Stiftung

Marc Walder

CEO, Ringier

Patrick Warnking

Country Director Google Switzerland

Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler

Chief Digital Officer, Swisscom

Roland Siegwart

Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich

Gerhard Lohmann

CFO, SwissRe

Lorenz Furrer

Managing Partner at furrerhugi

Christophe Nicolas

CIO, Kudelski Group

Members of the Steering Committee

Marc Walder

CEO Ringier, President of the Steering Committee

Ivo Furrer

VR Helvetia und Julius Bär

Lukas Gähwiler

Chairman UBS Switzerland

Patrizia Pesenti

Former State Councilor, State of Ticino

Michael Hengartner

President of the University of Zurich

Marianne Janik

General Manager, Microsoft Switzerland

Andreas Staubli

CEO PwC Switzerland

Heinz Karrer

President economiesuisse

Martin Vetterli

President EPFL

Robert Itschner

Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung ABB Schweiz

Andreas Meyer

CEO SBB

Nicole Burth

CEO Adecco Group Switzerland

Urs Schaeppi

CEO Swisscom

Joos Sutter

Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung von Coop

Walter Thurnherr

Bundeskanzler

Daniel Küng

CEO Switzerland Global Enterprise

Philomena Colatrella

CEO, Vorsitzende der Konzernleitung, CSS Versicherung

Roberto A. Busin

CEO Infosys Consulting Switzerland

Patrick Warnking

Country Director Google Switzerland

Daniel H. Schmutz

CEO Helsana

Lucian Schönefelder

Director of Private Equity and TMT Growth KKR

Philipp Gmür

CEO Helvetia Group

Iris Grewe

Regional Leader Switzerland, Italy and Austria, Bearingpoint

Stefan Pfister

CEO KPMG Switzerland

Carlo Giorgi

Managing Director HPE Switzerland

Jean-François Manzoni

President IMD

Urs Berger

President Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation

Christophe Darbellay

Chef des Departements für Volkswirtschaft und Bildung

Christian Keller

Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung IBM Schweiz

Luciana Vaccaro

Rector of HES-SO

Calvin Grieder

Chairman at Bühler

Alexander Grünwald

Managing Director GCA Altium Switzerland AG

Thomas Gottstein

CEO Swiss Universal Bank und Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Pierre Maudet

State Councilor, State of Geneva

Markus Hongler

CEO die Mobiliar

Christian Wenger

Partner, Wenger & Vieli

Alois Zwinggi

Managing Director, World Economic Forum

Domenico Scala

President, BaselArea.swiss

Ruedi Noser

ICT entrepreneur and Council of State

Peter Maurer

President, ICRC

Markus Naef

CEO SwissSign Group

Simona Scarpaleggia

CEO IKEA Switzerland

Urs Durrer

Vorsteher Amt für Wirtschaft Kanton Schwyz

Felix Graf

CEO Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Filippo Lombardi

President, Kommunikation Schweiz

Ancillo Canepa

President, FCZ

Roger Semprini

Managing Director Equinix Switzerland

Anat Bar-Gera

Chairwoman Cyverse AG, Board Member of Bank of Cyprus and of UNICEF Swiss National Board

Reto Savoia

CEO Deloitte Switzerland

Urs Breitmeier

Group CEO RUAG

Gian-Luca Bona

CEO Empa

Joël Mesot

President ETH

Laura Rudas

Executive Vice President Palantir Technologies

Roger Schnegg

Director Swiss Olympic

Søren Mose

Chairman of the TWINT Board of Directors

Marc Langenbrinck

CEO Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG

Tino Krause

Country Director DACH Facebook

Dominik Schaller

Senior Partner and Office Leader Egon Zehnder

Thomas Wuest

CEO ti&m

Why digitalswitzerland

Marc Walder, CEO Ringier

“Switzerland has what it takes to establish itself as a leading European digital-innovation hub. That is what digitalswitzerland intends to achieve.”

Corine Mauch, Mayor of Zurich

“The digital future and its manifold impacts are a major challenge for society and economy. My patronage for digitalswitzerland endorses the commitment of the City of Zürich and underlines our goal to establish Switzerland as a digital country and as an international hotspot for ICT companies.”

Ruedi Noser, Council of State (FDP, ZH)

“The Swiss economy produces the most innovation in the world. To stay on top, we must ensure that new and smart ideas can continue to succeed in an increasingly digital and fast-paced business world. digitalswitzerland bridges the gap between established corporates in Switzerland and the young and ambitious global startup community. I am convinced that by joining forces and working side by side, startups can succeed faster and better in Switzerland.”

Urs Schäppi, CEO Swisscom

“We live in an increasingly digitized world, which is set to change and revolutionize our business and private lives in the longterm. Fast-paced technological progress and dynamic development offer the corporate world and Switzerland a huge opportunity to remain successful in the future.

To successfully maintain our lead in the digital world we need an essentially liberal mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, pragmatism and partnerships. digitalswitzerland pools scientific, industrial and political competencies and combines them in a promising ecosystem to make the most of the opportunities in this fascinating world.”

Markus Binkert, CCO Swiss International Air Lines

“We believe in Switzerland as a nourishing ground for creativity and digital entrepreneurship. In a fast moving airline industry competition can only be faced with competitiveness and small markets need to be smart and need external input.
The digitalswitzerland initiative supports us on all fronts to tackle the digital challenges and to position SWISS as a leading airline player in the “new world”.”

Ivo Furrer, VR Helvetia & Julius Bär, President of the Executive Committee

“I am very pleased about the initiative digitalswitzerland. The digital transformation affects the entire economy of Switzerland and all industries – so we want to support this change and to drive it with an innovative spirit.”

Marcel Stalder, Managing Partner Markets – Germany, Switzerland & Austria

“At EY we believe that digitalization plays a critical role in reshaping today’s global marketplace towards new realities. While we enable our clients to rethink their strategies and transform their businesses, digitalswitzerland provides a platform that connects established business with the digital leaders of tomorrow. It is a place for new ideas to thrive and untapped potential for sustainable businesses to grow – towards building a better working world for all of us.”

Lukas Gähwiler, President Switzerland UBS

“Digitization is revolutionizing the way we do business and will increasingly do so in future. In order to strengthen Switzerland as an innovation center we have to position it as one of the most attractive places for digital enterprises, start-ups and talents. UBS, as a global bank headquartered in Zurich and with a deep and continued commitment to Switzerland, has a genuine interest in achieving the vision of digitalswitzerland.”

Andreas Meyer, CEO SBB

“Smart Services for our Customers – Smart Working and Living, Smart Cities, Smart Mobility – in an increasingly digitalized world. Together with other companies and universities we are highly committed to use and boost the competencies and innovation potential across Switzerland and digitalswitzerland is an excellent initiative to achieve these objectives.”

Heinz Karrer, President economiesuisse

“The digital transformation is full of great opportunities for the Swiss economy. By joining forces we can position Switzerland successfully for the markets of the future, and boost our economy’s productivity.”

Christian Wenger, Wenger & Vieli

“Wenger & Vieli strongly believes in the disruptive nature of the digital transformation and its fundamental impact on society. As a founding member of digitalswitzerland we are proud to be part of the digital evolution that’s unfolding in this wonderful country.”

Markus Hongler, CEO Mobiliar

“When I heard of digitalswitzerland, I was really keen to provide some added value from Berne. As Switzerland’s most personal insurance company, Swiss Mobiliar is close to its customers. Understanding customer needs also plays an important role in the digital world.”

Anat Bar-Gera, Board Member of UNICEF Swiss National Board

“The rapid transformation of industries and private lives through the digital changes can be turned into a huge opportunity. Digital Switzerland is here to build the right ecosystem, supported by a collective mind set and actions of the public sector, private sector, academia, dynamic start-ups and investors. Accelerating the interaction between these powerful players will unlock the potential of Switzerland, and result in producing a digital dividend.”

Urs Rüegsegger, CEO SIX

“As a successful financial services provider with enormous technical and IT expertise, SIX is predestined to take a leading role in the digitalization and strengthening of the FinTech scene within Switzerland.”

Dr. Nordal Cavadini, Partner Oliver Wyman

“Oliver Wyman successfully supported the City of New York as an exclusive knowledge sponsor throughout its MediaNYC2020 initiative, an ongoing effort over the past years to make New York a better home for media companies and digital entrepreneurs. As an international management consultancy with a strong presence in Switzerland and long-term commitment to the Swiss market we are delighted to provide our deep expertise to digitalswitzerland based on our comprehensive experience in the field and we are excited to contribute to strengthening Switzerland more broadly as a digital hub.”

Patrick Warnking, Country Director Google Switzerland

“Switzerland has a long tradition in innovation and Zurich is a fantastic hub for research, development and entrepreneurship. Switzerland offers everything to become a hub of innovation for digital in the center of Europe. Over the last years Goolge Switzerland engaged in many initiatives with many partners from academia and business. We are looking forward to contribute to build up and strengthen the high-potential initiative of digitalswitzerland. Talent, SMBs, Mobile, Education how to profit from the digital transformation, Start-Up Ecosystem and Export via Digital are key areas of focus.”

Andreas Staubli, CEO PwC Switzerland

“In a digitalised world, trust is the most important currency for clients and employees alike. This is the maxim of our daily work and gains expression in our partnership with digitalswitzerland.”