Mr Georg Von Wattenwyl
I have taken over the Presidency of the SwissCham Board from my predecessor and friend Tom Ludescher. I feel privileged to chair an excellent and very experienced board team and I am very much looking forward to this challenging new mission.
I am the first banker in 17 years presidency. I am married and father of two almost grown-up children. As a typical Swiss banker, after my initial education (among others in Singapore), I have spent my whole career at two Swiss banking institutions.
The first company I worked for was Credit Suisse and then for more than 20 years at Vontobel, where I had the opportunity to experience National and International Management. Since the beginning of the year, I have been living in Singapore, and I have now the opportunity to lead Vontobel's development here. My experience in association work began as the President of a Swiss Financial Industry Association for many years. It’s an experience I am most willing and happy to count on.
Switzerland and Singapore are a sort of a successful couple; With over 40 billion direct investments in Singapore, Switzerland is the seventh-largest investor in Singapore. About 400 Swiss companies create more than 25,000 jobs.
As the 11th President and together with my team, I am delighted to continue the tradition of representing the interests of our members and actively supporting all of you in your activities.
Georg von Wattenwyl