Board Talk​

Today more than ever, the rapidly changing economic landscape has increased uncertainty and opportunities for many businesses in Switzerland. From a board director’s perspective, how can organisations best address the resulting strategic challenges and be prepared for the future? In our Board Talk we interview directors cross industry to provide answers to these questions.

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Futurist, Humanist, Filmmaker, Author of “Technology vs. Humanity” and CEO of The Futures Agency

Gerd Leonhard

“Sustainable is the New Profitable. PURPOSE is the new Product. The Future is not something that just happens to us – it’s something we CREATE.”

Board member at UBS Switzerland, SYNLAB, Implenia and Deutsche Börse

Barbara Lambert

“The speed, unpredictability and far-reaching consequences of geopolitical developments are not going to decrease in the coming years, so Boards will need to take both tactical and strategically far-reaching decisions.”

Board member at skyguide and Swiss Innovation Forces

Aldo Schellenberg

“As a company’s strategic leadership body, the Board of Directors is responsible for actively tracking geopolitical trends, identifying the opportunities and risks these represent for the company and the sector, and drawing conclusions for how the company should respond.”

Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Thomas Greminger

“Facing the new situation and its implications, there are two distinct approaches that the Swiss economy could adopt: either focus on safe and geopolitically close economic partners such as the EU (which is already its most important economic partner) or increase the number and origin of partners. Diversification is a critical asset when it comes to limiting the impact of any shock.”

CEO foundation Startfeld

Dr. Cornelia Gut-Villa

“The board shapes the company’s culture, so it needs to create conditions in which employees understand what the company stands for. All employees should feel appreciated, so there needs to be scope for ideas to be fed in from the bottom up and to be heard.”

Chairman OM Pharma and Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)

Etienne Jornod

“Strategy and innovation must be regularly on the agenda, at least at the time of the board’s retreat. But in fact, it is a matter of a constant daily attitude, of corporate culture!”

Partner GWPartner AG, Chairman St. Galler Kantonalbank AG

Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Gutzwiller

“Innovation management is a role for senior management. The board should maintain a broad focus on innovation as part of strategy development, raise fundamental issues and identify ‘black holes’ in the strategy presented to it.”


Reto Savoia

Boardroom Programme Co-Chair +41 58 279 6357 View profile

Michael Grampp

Research Director & Chief Economist +41 58 279 6817 View profile

Daniel Laude

Assistant Manager +41 58 279 6435 View profile

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