Life at Deloitte
Deloitte Switzerland Alumni Network
Where colleagues for life connect
At Deloitte, we’re passionate about building lifelong relationships with our people and we’re committed to their success no matter where their journey takes them.
If it’s been a while since you last were in contact with Deloitte, we’d love to show you what we’ve achieved and where we’re heading. For starters, we’ve redefined our purpose and are committed to making an impact that matters. To colleagues, to our clients and to society as a whole. We are nurturing the talent of the future to help grow business leaders, both within Deloitte and beyond, who can have a wide impact on our economy and society.
Welcome to the Deloitte Switzerland Alumni Network
At Deloitte, we believe in building lifelong relationships with our people. We’re committed to supporting your success during your career with us—and beyond. Reconnect with old friends and former colleagues. Find a new opportunity. Suggest the perfect candidate for an open position. Gain the latest industry insights. And more.
If you haven’t yet registered, take a moment to do so online, and start making the most of your Deloitte network.
There are a number of benefits offered:
- access a valuable network of contacts, both fellow alumni and former colleagues
- reconnect with old friends and colleagues at our annual Alumni reunions in Geneva, Lugano and Zurich
- receive invites to Deloitte events relevant to your industry, interests and line of work
- stay up-to-date on the latest business trends and insights with our thought leadership
- hear about career opportunities within Deloitte and benefit from the Swiss Alumni Referral Programme
- get social with alumni and employees on our Deloitte Switzerland Alumni & Employees LinkedIn group
Staying connected with our Alumni is important to us. In line with our focus on purpose mentioned above, we are always interested in hearing stories from Deloitte Alumni who continue to make an impact and can inspire others. So if you’re someone who is continuing to make an impact that matters in your career and community, please get in touch!
In our Alumni Stories, we highlight our alumni on their professional journey beyond and back to Deloitte.
My career journey was relatively straightforward, as I spent more or less my entire professional career at Deloitte in Basel and Zurich. A total of 33 years and 3 months of auditing with a focus on insurance auditing, 16 years of which as a partner. In 2015, I was elected to the Board of Directors of Schweizerische Mobiliar Genossenschaft and in 2017 to the Board of Directors of Schweizerische Mobiliar Holding AG. Due to regulatory requirements, I had to end my career as an auditor at the end of 2016 and have since been able to concentrate fully on my new position as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair.
It is extremely exciting to move from having an outside view as an auditor at an international accounting and consulting firm to an active role in another interesting, successful and well-managed company. As an auditor at Deloitte, I learned to look at things critically and ask good questions. Also, the principles of ethics, independence and what constitutes as good audit work as well as the insurance industry knowledge were an excellent basis for my new role. Morals, ethics and the tone from the top have become of much greater importance now. It's not what we say and write that matters, it's what we do.
And in my new role, I am actively involved in the important decisions for the company and its over 5’000 employees. It is a great honor for me to help lead this almost 200-year-old company to successfully shape the great opportunities and challenges of the future. With a large and successful company, there is always the danger of resting on one's laurels. But in today's world, where new market players are constantly appearing and disruptively attacking business models, there is no standing still. Actively shaping things is extremely exciting and perfectly complements the critical attitude of an auditor that has been ingrained in me over the years.
When I look back on my time at Deloitte, I remember not only the professional experiences but also the many personal friendships. The many hours of intensive work, often late at night, during which we were able to carry out extraordinary projects and audits for our clients. The work was never ever boring. I consider that a privilege.
Privately, the liberation from reporting chargeable hours was very nice and enabled me to take on a new hobby. In autumn 2019, I passed the offshore sailing exam. Unfortunately, the corona pandemic has stood between realising my private goals several times since then.
Tell us about your career journey
My journey in life has always been quite natural but very unusual. I followed one opportunity after the other, never fearing the unknown and always quite upbeat about taking on a new challenge because I am a very curious person who loves discovering new horizons (and who gets easily bored!). That is how I went from studying marketing to international finance in Japan. When I repatriated to Switzerland, I was hired by the US tax department at Deloitte Switzerland in Geneva where I worked for three years, before taking on new roles in international mobility at Firmenich and then Cargill.
A few years and two babies later, I left the international corporate world to look after our children and find some real work-life balance. I then started my own company, making bespoke birthday cakes. Two years ago, I turned 40, and that is when my husband convinced me to pursue my life-long dream: to become a published author. In 2020, I published four children books for Auzou Suisse and there are more to come in 2021. It is a dream come true!
How did Deloitte set you up for your career or finding your purpose in life?
Deloitte was my first real permanent job after my studies. It gave me a world of opportunities, plenty to learn and plenty to look forward to. I will always remember Yvon de Coulon, the partner that welcomed me with the words “US tax? Well, fear not, that is an excellent start in life. That is how I myself started at Deloitte.” when I started. It was such a lovely thing to say. I also loved the flexibility of working early or late as our department was very dynamic in that respect, and I was lucky to have great colleagues. The most important thing Deloitte gave me perhaps, was my husband! He joined Deloitte Geneva almost two years after I started and it was love at first sight. We have been together 16 years now.
Where do you see your journey taking you, either professionally or personally?
Personally, I do think I have everything I could dream of (apart from more hours in a day!). Professionally, I would like to also publish for adults, as well as my novels for children.
What is one positive memory you have of working at Deloitte?
I have lots! At Deloitte I discovered "feel good” English novels with one of my colleagues. I also loved the "pizza nights” during busy season when we were working so late to finish as many US tax returns as we could manage. Going horse riding during lunch break is also a fond memory, since I was a very early bird and a late worker, I was able to enjoy the sunshine at midday! And of course, the day I met my husband, but that goes without saying – I still remember it as clear as day.
Séverine writes under the pen name of Philippine de Gréa and you can find her on various social media networks. Some of her recent books include Les Véhicules et Engins de Chantier Suisses, Marguerite et Madame de Staël: Un Espion au Château de Coppet and Les P’tits Atlas des cantons Suisses: Genève.
Our first story features Cedric who recently re-joined Deloitte Switzerland, a so-called ‘boomerang’ after gaining experience in the banking industry. Tune in to hear why he thinks his four daughters might work for Deloitte one day too!
Join the Swiss Monitor Deloitte Alumni Network on LinkedIn. While this network is part of the main Swiss Alumni Programme, we are pleased about the prospect of creating an exclusive network of like-minded professionals, bringing together both current and former Monitor Deloitte Consultants only.
Deloitte Switzerland names Reto Savoia as new CEO
Reto Savoia has been elected as and will be appointed Chief Executive of Deloitte Switzerland, effective 1 June 2019. He will succeed Simon Owen who has been serving as CEO since early 2016. Reto is currently Deputy CEO and Managing Partner, Clients & Industries, and has been working alongside Simon and his Executive on transforming and growing Deloitte’s Advisory and Audit businesses in the Swiss market.