Corporate Members

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Philipp Barmettler

Director GTM Strategy
Google Cloud

Philipp K. Barmettler is a Director at Google where he leads the global go-to-market strategy efforts for Google Cloud. Prior to joining Google, Philipp was a Director at Facebook driving global sales operations for partnerships and resellers, a Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and before that he was an Associate Partner of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Corporate Venturing with Distinction from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich.

Christoph Besmer

Trade Commissioner

Christoph is a seasoned business professional with two decades of experience in the international business arena. Mr. Besmer joined the Swiss Business Hub USA as the Trade Commissioner of Switzerland for the U.S. West Coast after co-founding and running a foreign direct investment consulting firm. Prior to this, he was heading the Greater Zurich Area investment promotion agency’s efforts in the United States for close to a decade. Christoph Besmer gathered experience as a senior project manager for a nongovernmental organization providing consulting services for humanitarian relief organizations.

Beat Bossart

Broker Associate
Vanguard Properties

20+ years of experience as a Broker Associate assisting buyers and sellers of real estate in the Bay Area.

Eva Bradley

Studio Heimat

John Bucher

Bucher Farms and Vineyard

Type of Business:
Wine grapes, dairy farming

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

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Joel Burrows

President and CEO
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

VP Operations at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Marcus Dahlén

Swisscom Cloud Lab Ltd.

CEO, Head of Outpost & VP Cyber Security

Maria Daneluz

General Manager
Canonica NY LLC

Bracken Darrell

President and CEO
Logitech Inc.

Brian David

Office Leader / Managing Partner
Egon Zehnder

Office leader and Managing Partner of the San Francisco office. Egon Zehnder is a global management firm advising on board consulting, succession, and executive development.

Egon Zehnder
Leadership consultant and Advisory Firm
One Sansome Street, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA
(415) 963-8551 work
(415) 378-7777 mobile

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Cori Ekman

Nagra USA - Open TV

Michelle Enlow

Global Real Estate Advisor
Regional Sales Director, TPX Communications

Global Real Estate Advisor assisting companies with employee relocations.

Engel & Völkers
PO Box 928
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707-486-8765

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J. Richard Fredericks

Managing Director
Main Management

Devan Friday

CPA - Partner
Spott, Lucey & Wall, Inc.

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Alexander Fries

Ecosystem Ventures

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Alain Gendre

SVP Group Human Resources
Nagra USA

Andreas Glocker

Chief Executive Officer
Fastmetrics: Networks & Knowledge

Fastmetrics broadband Service for large businesses. We offer from 1gig fiber optic solutions to 10gig fiber-optic Internet access solutions.

Type of Business:
Network integrator, Voip and connectivity solutions, IT consulting, ISP, business network and knowledge consulting

Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services Computer Systems Design Services

Oliver Guggisberg

Manager Western USA
Switzerland Tourism

Manager Western USA for Switzerland Tourism

Marjorie Hamelin

US Outreach

Benjamin Harrison

Director of Operations
Adda Clavenger School

Achim W. Hoelzle

Attorney at Law
FeldbergPacific Law Group

Type of Business:
Legal services. Practice areas: establishment of U.S. subsidiaries, international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, technology transactions

Legal Services

Volker Huber

Seven Seals Whisky USA

The Swiss are known for many things, but Single Malt whisky might not come to mind immediately. However, Seven Seals’ international success shows that consumers love to taste where tradition meets innovation. Seven Seals award-winning Swiss single malt whisky is now available in the US.

Seven Seals has garnered numerous awards, including 14 Double Gold and 69 Gold medals worldwide, recognition in the “Malt Whisky Companion,” and a 94.5 rating in Jim Murray’s “Whisky Bible.” They’ve expanded their presence in Europe and North America, with investments in a Canadian distillery.

Seven Seals is produced utilizing the 100% natural and patented Stockhausen method which is setting new standards in spirits refinement, as it reduces wood usage, evaporation losses and warehouse space. This innovation addresses the barrel shortage issue and significantly lowers production costs. However, the success lies in the deep understanding of how wood interacts with alcohol, emphasizing subtractive and additive maturation, yielding unparalleled flavor profiles. 

Seven Seals Whisky is headquartered in Stans, Switzerland and their US Office is located in Reno, NV, and represented by Volker Huber, a seasoned entrepreneur and Whisky connoisseur. To learn more about the process visit or order a taste at

Roger Huldi

General Manager
The St. Regis San Francisco

Type of Business:

125 Third Street San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: +1 415 284 4050

Accommodation and Foodservices

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Patrick Imhof

American Lamprecht Transport

Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding

Mr. Patrick Imhof
American Lamprecht Transport, Inc.
61 Airport Blvd Ste A
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone +1 (650) 273-1465
Fax +1 (650) 273-1469

René Jacquat

Principal / Consultant
LogiChain Solutions, LLC

LogiChain Solutions, LLC is a boutique consulting company that offers solutions in supply chain, logistics, and transportation management to startups as well as small and medium sized companies; from strategy development to execution. Our focus and expertise are in consumer goods with specialization in food & beverage.

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Bjoern Jeker

CRC Results, Inc.

SACCSF Vice-Chairman.

Bjoern Jeker is a Partner with CRC Results, where he works with Fortune 1000 and emerging growth companies. He has run cross-functional and international projects in the life sciences and technology sector to identify, analyze and close performance and compliance gaps across critical functions and products lines. Prior to CRC Results, Mr. Jeker was Partner for Risk Advisor Services at a national professional services firm and directed the Internal Audit function at Qualcomm. Mr. Jeker was Chairman of the San Francisco Chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2012. He is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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Sean Johnston

Sr. Vice President, General Counsel
Genentech, Inc.

Type of Business:
Research, development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription drugs

Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing

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Phillip H. Kalsched

Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP

Former Chairman of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce – San Francisco Chapter

Type of Business:
Business law

Legal Services

Urs Martin Laeuchli

Arbitration Chamber

Type of Business:
Dispute resolution, consulting, legal

Legal Services

Dominic Liechti

Director Worldwide Education Strategy

Dominic Liechti leads worldwide education strategy at Apple. Before joining Apple he had a direct role in the vision, design, and launch of innovative education products while managing corporate and business strategy for public schools, international schools, and startups. Liechti grew up in Switzerland and holds a teaching credential from the College of Education in Bern, a master’s in education management from the Zurich University of Teacher Education, and an MBA from IMD Business School in Lausanne.

Lori Mueller

Vice President
Mueller Winery ,

Type of Business:
Wine production and sales


Pamela Munster


Professor of Medicine
Oncologist at UCSF
Founder Alessa Therapeutics

Marco Oeschger

Relationship Manager
Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisers

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Leonard Overholser

Schurter Inc

Boris Pavlovic

Head of Global Executive Customer Programs

Boris is a service-driven technology marketing leader with creative vision, talent for execution and significant customer empathy informed by an earlier career in international hospitality management.  He currently leads Verkada’s Global Executive Customer Programs.  Boris holds a BSc from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and an MBA from Cornell University.

Kanoe Pelfrey

Business Development

Ursula Schnyder

Owner & Chief Chocolate Officer
DESSERTS FOR YOU, LLC, dba SWEET55 - Swiss Chocolates & Confections

Enhancing The Essence of Chocolate is the motto of SWEET55 – a Swiss Artisan chocolatier in the Bay Area. Brick-and-mortar store, online store, events & more.

Dominic Siegrist

Director, Corporate Communications

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels.
With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

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Antonia-Elisa Soler Blasco

Hilti U.S. Technology Office

The U.S. Tech Office in San Francisco connects start-ups from the Bay Area and across North America with the global Hilti team, headquartered in Liechtenstein.

Anthony Spaelti

Co-Founder and COO

Philipp Stauffer

Co-Founder & Managing Director
FYRFLY Venture Partners

Early Stage Technology Venture Fund investing in Swiss, European and North American ventures.

Dieter Studer

Marketing Manager

R&M develops and manufactures passive cabling solutions for high-quality communication networks. At R&M USA, Dieter Studer oversees Marketing and Product Management

Dennis Sullivan

Law Offices of Dennis M. Sullivan

Law Practice: Business transactions and litigation; mergers and acquisitions; real estate transactions; wills, trusts and probate; international transactions and related litigation. Legal Advisor – Consulates General of Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil (San Francisco); Past Special Counsel, Office of the Commission of the European Union (San Francisco).

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