The General Assembly elected Sascha Zahnd as the new President of digitalswitzerland this morning. He succeeds Ivo Furrer, who is stepping down after three years in office, but will continue to make a significant contribution to digitalswitzerland as a board member.

The 6th Annual General Meeting of digitalswitzerland was held for the last time under the leadership of the previous President Ivo Furrer. “Sascha Zahnd will bring his complementary knowledge and wealth of experience to bear in a targeted manner for the benefit of digitalswitzerland and thus be able to ideally further develop the strategy in line with the course already set,” says Ivo Furrer.

Sascha Zahnd from Bern was one of Tesla founder Elon Musk’s closest associates until the end of 2020. As head of Tesla Europe, he was responsible for sales of the Model 3, as well as for preparations for the Gigafactory in Berlin, the expansion of the Supercharger charging network and the development of the service infrastructure. Sascha Zahnd previously held the position of Vice President of Global Supply Chain and had been a member of the Tesla Inc. management team in Palo Alto, California since 2016.

“We would like to express our great thanks and sincere appreciation to Ivo Furrer for his dedicated service and formative leadership over the past three years as president of digitalswitzerland,” says Marc Walder, founder of digitalswitzerland.