Members

APIA Swiss offers mutual benefits to its individual members

The union and diversity of personalities and experiences are a force for knowledge sharing, training, developing subjects useful to companies, reassuring oneself in the exercise of one’s mandates, working for the recognition and enhancement of the function of independent directors, building group legitimacy and notoriety from which everyone benefits.

APIA Swiss helps its members:

  • Promote the role of independent professional director.
  • Achieve excellence in the fulfilment of their mandates.
  • Deepen their knowledge, in particular by relying on the network of expert partners.
  • Exchange experiences and ideas between members.
  • Develop their know-how and their own projects in order to increase APIA’s influence.

Admission criteria

  • Being or having been recently and durably a SME’s general manager, in a position of true decision-maker, and having acted in this capacity with ethics.
  • Demonstrating a motivated interest in the role of independent director.
  • Adhering to and signing APIA’s mission, charter and internal rules and regulations.
  • Having professional autonomy and sufficient resources not to depend on APIA and being able to maintain its independence in the exercise of the mandates it would be entrusted with.
  • Being able and willing to invest time to develop and share one’s experience with others.

Admission procedure

Candidates are sponsored by the member or partner who introduced them to APIA. They send a CV and a motivation letter to the attention of the President of APIA Swiss. CV+ML are sent to all APIA members who have 15 days to veto or make a comment to the Executive Committee. A veto is a reasoned objection that can only be based on factual elements relating to the candidate’s behaviour with respect to APIA’s values. Any veto will result in the closure of the application file. In the absence of a veto, the candidate meets three APIA members. The conclusions of the interviews are reported to the Executive Committee, which then takes the decision to accept or reject the application or to propose the most suitable status to the applicant. This decision is based on the above-mentioned criteria and may also be based on the impression felt during the interviews. Members are individuals and must pay a membership fee of CHF 750 for the year 2019.

Associated Members

APIA Swiss offers a training ground for its future active members

Our associate members have the same rights and duties as active members. However, they may not apply for requests for independent directors received from companies.

Admission criteria

Our associate members have the potential to eventually meet the criteria for admission of active members and the willingness to become independent directors. The decision is left to the discretion of the Executive Committee.

Admission procedure

The candidates followed the procedure for admission of active members and their applications were rejected because they did not meet all the admission criteria. The Executive Committee may then decide to integrate them as associate members. The membership fee for associate members is CHF 750 for the year 2019.

List of members

Anne Abriat

Member

Profile

a.abriat@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages: French, English

Specialties
  • Specialty Chemicals, Cosmetics, Perfumes & Flavours and Start-ups
  • Academic sector CNRS, INSERM, EPFL, CISA, HUG…
  • R&D and Innovation
  • B2B business development International
  • Alignment of human, organizational and technological elements
  • Innovation Management

Jean-Christophe Barth

Committee Member

Profile

jc.barth@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages : German, French, English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese

Specialties
  • Management of complex, large scale and long-term contracts
  • Infrastructure project, public tenders (training at the Federal Office for Construction and Logistics)
  • Resolution of disputes (e. g. dispute boards, international commercial arbitration, commercial mediation)
  • Sustainable development objectives and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Company mutation and due diligence
  • Governance redesign of organizations of all sizes (e.g. internal regulations, strategic alignment, team charter and ethics)

Olivier Bédat

Treasurer

Profile

o.bedat@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages : French, English, Spanish, German

Specialties
  • Strategy and Governance
  • General Management
  • Digital strategy
  • Change management
  • Development and management of franchised networks

Bertrand Weisgerber

Member

Profile

b.weisgerber@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages: French, English

Specialties
  • IT & B2B services
  • Coaching of fast-growing organizations (including start-ups)
  • Outsourcing of public services
  • Financial restructuring

François Bouteiller

Member

Profile

f.bouteiller@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages : English, Spanish, French, Italian

Specialties
  • Air transport sector

Daniel Brandenburger

Chairman

Profile

d.brandenburger@apiaswiss.ch
Vaud chapter
Languages: French, English, German, Mandarin

Specialties

Transition Management, International SMEs

  • Market development, China, Asia
  • Operational and production analysis, audit and due diligence
  • Investment and acquisition Ombudsman
  • Start-up Coach

Fouad Dadi

Committee Member

Profile

f.dadi@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages: French, English, Arabic, Spanish

Specialties
  • Strategy
  • Brand building
  • Business Models
  • Consumer understanding, Market landscaping
  • Advanced analytics
  • Team management
  • Inter-cultural leadership

Valérie Ducrot

Associate Member

Profile

v.ducrot@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages: French, English

Specialties
  • Gas and energy sector
  • Management

Catherine Gambotto

Member

Profile

c.gambotto@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages: French, English, Italian

Specialties
  • General, financial and strategic management
  • International SMEs and family businesses
  • IT sectors, game-changer, sharing economy
  • Technology watch, digital transformation strategy
  • Change and risk management
  • Good corporate governance practices
  • Promotion of the role of professional women in top management and board of directors, OWIT Lake Geneva, BPW Switzerland
  • Member of the Swiss Circle of Women Directors

Jean-Jacques Kronneberg

Secretary

Profile

jj.kronneberg@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages : French, English, Spanish, German, Italian

Specialties
  • General management
  • Operations management & Implementation management (international)
  • Training of management and staff
  • Finance: fund raising, cost management, team management, development and organization of franchised networks

Pierre Taurian

Vice-Chairman

Profile

p.taurian@apiaswiss.ch
Vaud chapter
Languages : French, English, German

Specialties
  • Industry, technologies et B2B services
  • Strategy and governance
  • B2B business development International
  • Alignment of human, organizational and technological dimensions
  • Change management
  • Recruitment of directors and senior executives. Talent and succession management

Alan Tawil-Kummerman

Member

Profile

a-t.kummerman@apiaswiss.ch
Geneva chapter
Languages: French, English

Specialties
  • Start-ups, technology
  • General management