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Simone Wyss Fedele new CEO at Switzerland Global Enterprise

The Supervisory Board of Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) has appointed Dr. Simone Wyss Fedele as the new Chair of S-GE's Executive Committee. She will succeed Daniel Küng from October, when he will retire after more than 15 years as CEO of S-GE. Simone Wyss Fedele is an expert on internationalization issues and has relevant experience in business and politics.

Simone Wyss Fedele

With a doctorate in economics, Simone Wyss Fedele is thoroughly familiar with the international business environment. During her professional career, she has worked as a management consultant for internationalization issues, developed new business models for the international market, and helped companies through macroeconomic challenges such as the euro crisis. In addition, the 39-year-old from Basel is a member of the Life Sciences Commission of the Basel Chamber of Commerce and the Foreign Trade Commission of Economiesuisse; she is also a Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce Switzerland and the Swiss Venture Club, Northern Switzerland Region. The Supervisory Board of S-GE is convinced that Simone Wyss Fedele is the ideal candidate for the position of CEO. Ruth Metzler-Arnold, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board at S-GE adds: “Simone Wyss Fedele understands internationalization – a key topic for S-GE and its customers – from both an economic and political point of view. This makes her the best choice to successfully develop our organization together with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and our partners, and to further strengthening the Swiss export promotion and settlement network with its numerous players. We are delighted that a proven economic and political professional will take over the helm from Daniel Küng.”

Simone Wyss Fedele is currently chief economist at Novartis and head of policy for the Executive Committee at Novartis Switzerland. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic representation of interests with regard to associations, politics and administration, for internationalization issues and for dealing with macroeconomic trends and challenges. She has previously worked for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Helvetia Insurance and Endress+Hauser, among others. Simone Wyss Fedele studied Business & Economics at the University of Basel and received her doctorate in 2010 with a doctoral thesis on international trade. She studied further at Oxford University, the London School of Economics and the University of St. Gallen, among others.

Change of CEO as of October 1

Simone Wyss Fedele will take over as CEO from Daniel Küng as of October 1, 2019. The Supervisory Board would like to thank Daniel Küng for his outstanding service. “Thanks to his open, direct and spontaneous manner, he was able to expand our national and international network, reposition former Osec and successfully update it within a very short space of time,” says Ruth Metzler-Arnold. Daniel Küng has been CEO of S-GE since 2004.

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