Corporate Members

Dieter Studer

Marketing Manager
R&M USA INC

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

 
Samuel Bernegger

VP of operations
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

VP Operations at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

 
Stephan Nobs

Chief Marketing officer
BrandMaker

Stephan A. Nobs is Chief Marketing Officer at BrandMaker, a market leader in Marketing Resource Management. Prior to joining BrandMaker, he co-founded and developed Assetlink, purchased by SAS Institute in 2011. At SAS, he was responsible for business development in the SAS Customer Intelligence division. Before that, he was Managing Partner at one of Europe’s leading brand consultancy firms Schmidlin & Partner. He started his career as product manager at Beiersdorf and holds a BA in Micro Economics from University of Applied Sciences, Basel Switzerland.

 
Markus Okumus

Founder
JVMO

Serial entrepreneur with two major exits under his belt and a frontrunner in the digital economy. JVMO is a startup studio, a company that creates companies

 
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Robert Killmer

President
Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream Company

 
Nadine Stockli – Stockli Law Group

Founder
Stockli Law Group

At Stocklin Law Group, we provide you with practical, business friendly legal advice. We are experienced, efficient and responsive, giving you the attention you need.

 
Mark Walti

Founder and Managing Director
Milliarium Consulting LLC

Milliarium Consulting focuses on Swiss companies which are planning market entry or would like to expand their activities in the US.

 
Damir Bogdan

Founder - Digitalization & Innovation Lead
Actvide AG

Damir Bogdan, founder of Actvide AG, consults companies on digitalization and innovation. He is active in Switzerland as well as in Silicon Valley. Through his consultancy work he builds bridges between European and US companies.

 
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Felix Albrecht

Partner
Albrecht Solutions Inc.

Type of Business:
Management consulting services in the field of business process engineering, ERP implementation and project management

NAICS:
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services

 
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Wanda Alfaro

SVP and Manager
City National Bank

Type of Business:
U.S. banking, financial services

NAICS:
Commercial Banking

 
Philipp Barmettler

Vice President
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Philipp K. Barmettler is a Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he leads global sales strategy and go-to-market transformation programs. Prior to joining HP, Philipp was an Associate Partner in the Stamford, CT and Zurich, Switzerland offices of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he developed and implemented growth and restructuring programs across high-tech and industrial clients globally. 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
Switzerland

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.

 
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John Bucher

Owner/Manager
Bucher Farms and Vineyard

Type of Business:
Wine grapes, dairy farming

NAICS:
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

 
Mirko Capodanno

Manager Western USA
Switzerland Tourism

Manager Western USA for Switzerland Tourism

 
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Christian Foglar

Owner
Advanced Orthopaedics

Type of Business:
Medical office, medical consulting

NAICS:
Health Care and Social Assistance

 
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J. Richard Fredericks

Managing Director
Main Management

Type of Business:
Investments

NAICS:
Investment Advice

 
Alexander Fries

President
Ecosystem Ventures

Mr. Fries founded Ecosystem Ventures in January of 2006 to address the pending need for investment and support in European technologies and pre-seed-stage companies. Mr. Fries brings over 20 years of progressive experience in founding, funding, and managing global businesses that provide technology, products, and services to telecommunication operators, enterprises, and consumers. His most recent entrepreneurial experiences include the co-founding of Playspan Inc (e-commerce & mirco-payment platform for online gaming) and sold to VISA International in 2011 , SDK Biotechnologies Inc. (Diagnostics) and PURE SWISS AG (Beverage brand).

 
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Martin A. Gaehwiler

Owner
M. Gaehwiler Construction, Inc.

Type of Business:
Construction development

NAICS:
Construction

 
Andreas Glocker

Chief Executive Officer
Fastmetrics: Networks & Knowledge ,

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

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

 
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Steve Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer
The Hamilton Company Inc.

Type of Business:
Manufacturing of manual and automated liquid handling equipment, developing and manufacturing of medical equipments

NAICS:
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

 
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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

NAICS:
Legal Services

 
Roger Huldi

General Manager
W Hotel (Starwood Hotels and Resorts)

Type of Business:
Hotel

NAICS:
Accommodation and Foodservices

 
Bjoern Jeker

Partner
CRC Results, Inc.

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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Phillip H. Kalsched

Attorney
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP

Type of Business:
Business law

NAICS:
Legal Services

 
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Steve Krognes

Chief Financial Officer
Genentech, Inc.

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

NAICS:
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing

 
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Martin Laeuchli,

Director
Laeuchli-ADR Urs

Type of Business:
Dispute resolution, consulting, legal

NAICS:
Legal Services

 
Crista Lucey

CPA
Spott, Lucey, & Wall

Crista M. Lucey, CPA is an owner of Spott, Lucey & Wall, Inc. CPAs, a local firm providing a full range of taxation and attestation services. Crista has over 30 years of experience assisting domestic and international businesses and individuals, helping manage their demanding cross border transactions. Her areas of expertise are international tax, audit and non-audit services for foreign–owned entities, such as due diligence for mergers, acquisitions, spin-off’s and sales of businesses, and accounting services to technology as well as manufacturing and real estate companies.

 
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Gian-Michele a Marca

Partner
Cooley LLP

Type of Business:
Legal services

NAICS:
Offices of Lawyers

 
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Lorenz Maurer

General Manager
San Francisco Proper Hotel

Type of Business:
Hotel

NAICS:
Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

 
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Walter Niederberger

Correspondent
Tages-Anzeiger

Type of Business:
Media/newspaper

NAICS:
Newspaper Publishers

 
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Hans R. Michel

President
Vina Robles, Inc.

Type of Business:
Winery

NAICS:
Wineries

 
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Lori Mueller

Vice President
Mueller Winery ,

Type of Business:
Wine production and sales

NAICS:
Wineries

 
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Willy Ostertag

President
Autohaus Europa Inc.

Type of Business:
Auto sales, service, repair

NAICS:
Automobile Dealers

 
Lukas Peter

CEO
Swisscom Cloud Labs Ltd.

CEO Swisscom Cloud Lab & Head of Outpost Services

 
Vincent Pilette

CFO at Logitech
Logitech

As CFO of Logitech, Vincent Pilette is responsible for the company’s financial strategies and worldwide finance organization. He manages consolidated revenues of approximately two billion dollars (U.S.), tax, treasury, accounting, financial planning and analysis, and communication with an international base of shareholders trading Logitech shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the Nasdaq Global Market.

Reporting to Logitech’s President and CEO, Vincent Pilette is a member of the company’s executive leadership team, responsible for shaping and directing the implementation of all aspects of the company’s business strategies.

 
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Andreas Pfluger

VP International
Lindt North America

Type of Business:
Manufacturing and trading of chocolate products

NAICS:
Food Manufacturing

 
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Robert Rieder

President & CEO
Rieder & Associates, Inc.

Type of Business:
Accounting, taxation and business representation

NAICS:
Other Accounting Services

 
Anita Roth

Head of Policy Research
Airbnb

Anita Roth is a city planner whose work focuses on planning, policy, and economic development. As Airbnb’s Head of Policy Research, Anita works to quantify the various impacts and benefits that Airbnb’s community has in cities around the world. Prior to joining Airbnb, Anita worked with a range of planning and consulting firms. She has worked extensively in municipalities in the United States and well as across Asia.

 
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Fred Ruegg

Chief Executive Officer
Elma Electronic Inc.

Type of Business:
Manufacturing of electronic components and systems

NAICS:
Forging and Stamping

 
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Cyrille S. Sauvain

Treasurer
ETH Alumni Bay Area Chapter

Type of Business:
Alumni association

NAICS:
Alumni Associations

 
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Peter Scherrer

President & Chief Scientific Officer
Certus Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Type of Business:
Development of nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of anti-tumor drugs resulting in extended tumor drug exposure and greatly reduced toxic side effects

NAICS:
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing

 
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Guido Schwager

President
Schwager Davis, Inc.

Type of Business:
Construction

NAICS:
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

 
Philipp Stauffer

Founder & General Partner
FYRFLY Venture Partners

Type of Business:
Investment, consulting

NAICS:
Finance and Insurance

 
Dennis Sullivan

Attorney
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).

 
Brigitta Weder Ammann

Owner / General Manager
Jason Travel, Inc.

Type of Business:
Retail travel, domestic and international

NAICS:
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services

 
Stefan Welter

Creative Director
Solace

 
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Bob Whitlock

General Manager
Small Precision Tools Inc.

Type of Business:
Semiconductor bonding tools manufacturer, fine ceramics

NAICS:
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

 
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Michael Williams

Managing Director
UBS Financial Services Inc.

Type of Business:
Banking

NAICS:
Investment Advice

 
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Joanne Yun

Office Leader / Managing Partner
Egon Zehnder

Type of Business:
Executive search

NAICS:
Executive Search Services Human Resources Consulting Services

 
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Albert Zimmermann

Manager / President
A to Z Travel Planners

Type of Business:
Full service travel agency, domestic and international

NAICS:
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services

 
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