Chairman

Stefan Welter

Creative Director
Solace

 

Board Members
*Listed Alphabetically

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.

 
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.

 
Mirko Capodanno

Manager Western USA
Switzerland Tourism

Manager Western USA for Switzerland Tourism

 
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).

 
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

 
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.

 
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.

 
Stephan Nobs

Chief Marketing Officer
BrandMaker

Stephan, who is a native of Switzerland and qualified business economist, started his career in marketing as a product manager at Beiersdorf. Prior to joining BrandMaker, he co-founded and developed Assetlink Europe, which was purchased by SAS Institute. At SAS, he was responsible for business development in the SAS Customer Intelligence division. Before that, Stephan was Managing Partner at one of Europe’s leading brand consultancy firms.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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).

 
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