Success Stories

Investors from all over the world tell their success stories and explain why they decided to establish their company in Switzerland. Find out as to what prompted the decision-makers of various companies to choose Switzerland as business location.
 
What makes Switzerland particularly interesting as a place of work for specific occupational groups? Which other factors were important for the establishment decision? What was the experience of the decision-makers with the actual process of establishment? How did S-GE and the Swiss Business Hub involved as well as the regional and cantonal economic development offices support? The persons, who have already experienced all this, are the best to answer these questions and many more for you. Read the individual stories and download the most exciting success story in a layouted version. Some decision-makers also tell their story by themselves directly in a video statement.
 
 

Within a few weeks S-GE had arranged contacts with representatives of the authorities, so that we were quickly able to choose from several options.

Ashok Santhanam

President and CEO

 

We appreciate the good cooperation with cantonal authorities, the community, and cluster organizations.

Uwe E. Jocham

Senior Vice President and General Manager
CSL Behring AG

 

Switzerland’s pharmaceutical and life sciences industry is unparalleled.

Ke Xiangwen

General Manager, Dalian Shiji Xinyuan Technology Co. Ltd.

 

The proximity to the industry as well as the infrastructure and the professional support on all levels were crucial for the choice of location.

Silvio Lehmann

CEO

 

Switzerland’s location, high standard of living, and culturally sensitive people are positive assets.

Nicholas Staheyeff

Vice President
eBay International

 

We benefit from the favorable business climate and our ability to attract and retain great talent.

Patrick B. Verguet

Corporate Vice President
Edwards Lifesciences

 

Switzerland’s inspiring track record in terms of innovation and efficiency as well as its role as an emerging sustainable finance hub attracted EFW Capital Advisors.

Benjamin J. Ergas

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

 

We have our EMEA headquarters in Switzerland because the relationship to the canton and the quality of life for our staff are unique.

Michael Harris

Vice President and Managing Director EMEA

 

Switzerland is a key location for the research and development of Google products. This is where the inventive spirit lives.

Patrick Warnking

Country Director

 

There’s no compromising when it comes to quality. If we want to offer our customers products aligned to their needs, we must be innovative.

Walter Zannier

CEO

 

In Switzerland, we were able to access a highly skilled workforce which enabled us to significantly grow our human capital.

Arnab Sikder

Executive Vice President and General Manager, European Operations, Highpoint Solutions

 

Switzerland has a high concentration of target customers, and many other advantages for Europe from workforce to lifestyle.

Colin Robinson

Vice President Europe
Innoveer Solutions

 

In Zürich we find highly qualified, internationally experienced specialists for our team, a major factor in our business.

Jan Valentin

Managing Director, KAYAK Europe GmbH

 

Switzerland’s diversity provides an environment where creative minds can develop brilliant ideas.

Petra Jenner

Country General Manager

 

MSA employees and visitors from around the world can travel to and from Rapperswil-Jona with great ease, which has been very beneficial to our business.

Ronald N. Herring

President, MSA Europe GmbH

 

Stable and business-friendly, outstanding infrastructure and  high productivity - an excellent environment for international operations.

Marwan Kashkoush

Executive VP, Sales, Marketing & Operations Support
Parker Hannifin

 

The top two markets for life sciences are clearly in the US and Switzerland.

Nima Farzan

CEO and President, PaxVax

 

In Switzerland people are proactive, efficient and results-orientated as well as on-time and reliable – I like that a lot.

Shigeo Taniuchi

Head of Europe

 

Being innovative means developing products and services in close collaboration with the customer.

Ralph Müller

CEO

 

We have had a very positive overall experience in setting up and starting our operations in Switzerland.
 

Dr. Emanuele Buscaglione

CEO

 

Switzerland has a perfectly balanced business friendly system. Stepping into European markets, it was exactly what our company needed.

Dr. Vladas Snieckus

General Manager of European Region, Tasly Europe Co. Ltd

 

We employ about 900 people with over 20 nationalities. The only problem is that when you bring people over, they don’t want to go home!

Alf Tuvesson

Vice-President of Finance and Administration
VeriSign Switzerland (EMEA)

 

Switzerland is an excellent bridge to European markets. The decision to invest here was driven by language, culture, and logistics.

Travis Young

Vice President of marketing and global business development
Vortex Valves International

 

To produce our machines, we combine Brazilian passion and creativity with traditional Swiss precision, high quality and efficiency.

Rafael Bottós

CEO, Welle Laser Technology

 

Switzerland has high innovation and quality standards, and is an environment that offers us clear growth opportunities.
 

Hans Ruckstuhl

Managing Director, Wieland Electric AG Switzerland

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