Speakers 2019

Get inspiration from renowned speakers at the Aussenwirtschaftsforum on 26.03.2019. Our speaker line-up of Export representatives from various sectors will share their treasures of experience with you so stay tuned and we are looking forward to your presence.

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Frau Vetsch im Gespräch mit Herrn Darrell, CEO, Logitech


Executive Talk: "Innovation, customization and services - conquering mature markets with the right concepts to go"
Marion Isabella Klein took over the family business in 2009 and so the leadership of Pack Easy AG "Swiss Travel Solutions". She is born in Lucerne, has many years of experience in sales, marketing and leadership acquired in different companies and industries. Her company stands for stylish differentiation from competitors and for an intelligent use of own dynamic skills.

Marion Isabella Klein
Owner and CEO, Pack Easy AG

Executive Talk: "Sustainable growth in mature markets without side effects - the internationalization strategy of Similasan"

Since 2009, Urs Lehmann is leading Similasan AG in Jonen (AG), the market-leading manufacturer of homeopathic medicines with global markets. After a successful sports career - crowned by a world champion title - he obtained a doctorate, after studying business administration, from the Institute of Accounting & Controlling at the University of Zurich and earned a PhD in 2009.

Dr. Urs Lehmann
CEO, Similasan AG

Host of the Aussenwirtschaftsforum

Daniel Küng has been CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise, and thus the first point of contact for all internationalization issues raised by Swiss and Liechtenstein companies, since 2004. After studying business management, finance and accounting at the University of St. Gallen HSG, he relocated to Brazil. Küng founded and led two management consultancies in Brazil and Portugal that assisted companies with their international business ventures.

Daniel Küng
CEO, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Interview partner and host of the general meeting 
Ruth Metzler-Arnold has served as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) since 2011. She is a former Vice President and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1999-2003). As a lawyer and certified public accountant, she sits on several boards of directors. Among them are AXA, Bühler AG, Fehr Advice AG, Reyl & Cie SA and Swiss Medical Network SA, the latter of whose subsidiary she presides. In addition, Ruth Metzler-Arnold is a member of the Board of Governors at the University of St. Gallen HSG, the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse and president of the Board of Trustees of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

Ruth Metzler-Arnold
Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Andreas Gerber joined Credit Suisse in 1989. Since April 2015 he has been Head of SME Business Switzerland. In 2017 he became President of the Swiss Venture Club (SVC), the leading swiss network of entrepreneurs. Andreas holds a degree in Business Economics. His professional career has taken him from advising major clients listed on the stock exchange, via managing corporate client business, to serving as Head of SME Region Mittelland from 2006. In 2010 he moved to Zurich, where for four years he led the corporate client business of Region Zurich and Schaffhausen.

Andreas Gerber
Managing Director and Head of SME Business Switzerland, Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Swiss Business Hub Talk – Mature Market UK+Ireland
Marieke Hood is the Head of the Swiss Business Hub UK & Ireland since 2014, therefore supporting Swiss companies looking at exporting in the 2 countries, with a particular focus on innovative segments within ICT, Advanced Engineering and Life Sciences. She was previously based in Paris, promoting Switzerland as a place to do Business until 2013.

Marieke Hood
Head of Swiss Business Hub UK & Ireland

Swiss Business Hub Talk – Mature Market USA
Caroline Blaser has been heading the Swiss Business Hub USA since the end of 2017. Together with her team, she supports Swiss SMEs with their US market entry and positions Switzerland as a business location for US companies. Thanks to many years of experience in the North American market, she disposes of an extensive network in the USA. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.

Caroline Blaser
Head of Swiss Business Hub USA

Swiss Business Hub Talk – Mature Market Japan
Claudio Mazzucchelli has been living in Asia for over 20 years and has headed the Swiss Business Hub Japan based at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo since September 2017. Previously, he was Head of the Swiss Business Hub China (2008 to 2012) and the Swiss Business Hub Korea (2012 to 2017). He has a large personal network and a wealth of experience of market development trends and opportunities in North East Asia.

Claudio Mazzucchelli
Head of Swiss Business Hub Japan

Breakout Session 1 Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.: "Foreign exchange risks: Currency hedging pays off"

Marcel Gremlich has worked for Credit Suisse since 2013 and advises internationally active corporate clients. He is a CFA charterholder and has a Bachelor's degree in business administration.

Marcel Gremlich
FX Sales Corporates & Asset Managers, Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Breakout Session 1 Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.: "Foreign exchange risks: Currency hedging pays off"

Christoph Leuenberger has worked at Credit Suisse since 2014. He advises SMEs, commodity trading companies, and banks and has a Master's degree in banking and finance.

Christoph Leuenberger
FX Sales Small /Medium Enterprises & Banks, Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Breakout Session AXA: "Risk management for exporters: Consciously handling risks and opportunities"

Andreas Schiller has worked for AXA for 20 years and has broad experience in leading risk management functions as well as in the area of Credit & Surety. As Head of Credit & Surety he develops strategies for the national and international business of Credit & Surety and is also responsible for planning, controlling and budgeting. He is currently also ad interim Head of Property & Casualty.

Andreas Schiller
Head Credit & Surety, AXA

Breakout Session AXA: "Risk management for exporters: Consciously handling risks and opportunities"

Paolo Larentis has almost 30 years' experience at AXA - first as a principal agent, then as a trainer and Key Account Manager in Sales. Since 2012, he has led Credit & Surety Sales Switzerland as Head of Sales Credit and is responsible for the sale of all products in the area of accounts receivable security, e.g. for payment defaults and the related funding opportunities.

Paolo Larentis
Head of Sales Credit, AXA

Breakout Session PwC Switzerland: "Growth drivers for mature markets: strategic collaborations and acquisitions"

Dr. Martin Frey is an experienced expert in M&A transactions, and in debt and equity capital markets in mature and emerging markets. Before joining PwC in 2005, he worked at UBS and Lehman Brothers in New York, Chicago and Zurich. He is the PwC Advisory Leader for the Swiss Retail & Consumer Industry and a graduate of the Universities of Basel and Minneapolis, where he earned a Master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in management.

Dr. Martin Frey
Partner, Head Corporate Finance / M&A, PwC Switzerland

Breakout Session PwC Switzerland: "Growth drivers for mature markets: strategic collaborations and acquisitions"
Peter Kasahara is an experienced leader and visionary with a track record of supporting clients in their digital transformation and business reimagination across industries. He is skilled in strategy, leadership & people engagement, hands-on change management, as well as innovation in a digital and connected world. He holds an MBA of the University of St. Gallen and is a graduate of the Yale School of Management.

Peter Kasahara
Managing Partner PwC Digital Services, PwC Switzerland

Kathrin Hönegger is moderator and author. Born in the canton of St. Gallen, she completed the journalism modules of the MAZ and studied at the Schauspielschule Zurich. She works at Swiss Television for the weekly knowledge programme "Einstein" and in the daily programme of SRF3. In addition, she moderates selected readings between art, culture and science or podiums, such as the "Breakout Sessions" at the Swiss Economic Forum.
(image source: Mirjam Kluka)

Kathrin Hönegger
SRF-moderator and author
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