Preceding the Forum for Swiss Foreign Trade, S-GE’s members held their annual general meeting. They chose Dr. Andrej Vckovski, CEO Netcetera Gruppe, and Alain Berset CEO Polytype SA to join the advisory board. They are replacing Beat Kündig and Charles Phillot, who announced their resignation from the advisory board at the time of the meeting.
“Both of these Swiss entrepreneurs offer us their extensive international business experience,” says Ruth Metzler-Arnold, Chairwoman of S-GE. “With their specific backgrounds and their expertise, they can advance the mission of S-GE’s advisory board to support exporting Swiss SMEs and promote Switzerland as a business location.”
- Dr. Andrej Vckovski, born in 1965, is CEO of the Netcetera Group, Zurich. He earned his doctorate at the University of Zurich after studying physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He founded Netcetera in 1996 together with partners from the academic field. Today, the Group supports customers from a wide range of areas with tailored software for their core business. Alongside his extensive international business experience, Vckovski also contributes his knowledge of the Swiss ICT sector to S-GE’s advisory board.
- Alain Berset, born in 1974, is CEO of Polytype SA, Fribourg. The company is active in developing and distributing printing machines in the packaging industry (more than 95% in exports). Polytype has several branches abroad (USA, Thailand and India). Berset began his career in 1997 as an engineer at Polytype after earning an MBA degree. He has extensive experience with the industrial landscape in French-speaking Switzerland and has led his company through the challenges of dealing with the strong Swiss franc. This experience makes him ideal for S-GE’s advisory board.
As confirmed by the general assembly of S-GE, Andrej Vckovski and Alain Berset will replace two previous members of the Supervisory Board. Charles Phillot, to date Vice President of S-GE, Fribourg, wishes to step down for age-related reasons. Beat Kündig, President of the supervisory board and owner of W. Kündig & Cie. AG, Zurich, took a seat on S-GE's Supervisory Board following the takeover of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme by S-GE, where he particularly represented the view of the buyers, at whom the SIPPO program was aimed. With the completion of this S-GE program at the end of March 2017, he has resigned from office.