He holds a law degree from the University of Fribourg and a diploma in European Organizations from the University of Strasbourg. Before joining the Group in January 2007, Raymond Loretan held several positions within and outside the Swiss administration for more than 20 years, serving as diplomatic Assistant to the Secretary of State at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs .
David Bennett is regarded internationally as an authority in the field of precious stones and jewellery. Mr Bennett was named among the top 10 most powerful people in the art world in December 2013 by the international magazine Art + Auction. In June 2014, Swiss financial and business magazine Bilan named him among the top 50 “most influential people in Switzerland”.
William is a New Yorker who was raised and educated in Europe, primarily in Geneva, Switzerland. He has a Master’s degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is Green Belt trained in Lean Six Sigma (L6S). He often speaks on advertising and brand management for CEO Coaching organization Vistage International, universities and marketing forums.
Katrina Burrus interviews Karen Wilson, member of the American International Club on the topic of: “How Swiss Entrepreneurship Fair Globally?” Why has the American International club launched an entrepreneurship series? Why is entrepreneurship important to the Lac Leman region? What are some of the trends and opportunities for entrepreneurship in the Swiss Roman region? And more.
Katrina Burrus interviews Alain Woodbridge, the chorus master at the Geneva Opera House: What type of leadership is required to be a chorus master? What were your biggest challenges managing a chorus? How do you overcome these challenges? How would you compare your leadership managing a chorus to managing a football team? What tips would you suggest to a younger version of yourself at the beginning of your career?
QUESTION: Is your leadership success transferable from one company to another or from one position to another? PROBLEM: Research shows that 40% of leaders fail after 18 months in a new position. The biggest cause of derailment is NOT: a lack of team skills, or a lack of relationship skills, or a lack of business drivers, or a lack industry experience. The biggest derailer is a misfit with the corporate culture.
QUESTION: Do you feel like you are running on a treadmill? PROBLEM: Are you getting the recognition you deserve? What happens if you stay in the dull drums for the rest of your career? The risk of being ignored and not having new challenges is boredom and being placed aside… forgotten. QUESTION: So how do you fast tract on your boss’s radar as a problem solver and not a problem maker.
PETER is a rising star at Zeon. He has produced exceptional RESULTS He has turned around his department from bankruptcy to making substantial profits And yet his ABRASIVE behavior has caused 3 times more turnover than the rest of the company. GEORGE is a brilliant CHILD CARDIOLOGIST, one of the best in the country. You strived to have this person work for you and yet the cardiologist’s deplorable bedside manner is ruining the hospital’s reputation.
Katrina Burrus interviews Chairman of Tourism of a Swiss Alpine Resort in Crans-Montana: What made you accept being Chairman of Tourism in Crans-Montana? What work does it involve? What is the tourist trend in alpine resorts in Switzerland? How are you addressing these challenges? How can people contact you and through your hotel and restaurants?
Located in the major world center for Jewelry auctions, Sotheby’s Geneva has held many notable world-class sales at its historic Beau-Rivage Hotel location on the shore of Lake Geneva. Caroline Lang is Co-Chair of Sothebys Switzerland. She also the chairman of the impressionist, modern and contemporary art of Sothebys, Switzerland. She is an International Auctioneer and, in summary, a very capable person.