Six new board members for Digitalswitzerland

Six new members were elected to the board at the Digitalswitzerland general meeting. With Sascha Zahnd, who was appointed president a year ago, the board now comprises 23 members. Since the initiative was founded in 2015, more than 240 association members and politically neutral foundation partners now support Switzerland on its way to becoming a leading digital innovation location.

The candidates proposed for election by a six-member nomination committee received a unanimous vote at the General Meeting. New to the board are CSS CEO Philomena Colatrella, Anna Takihara and Jill Kümin of Google, who share the mandate, Rainer Baumann, COO at Migros Genossenschafts Bund, Adrian Müller of Swico and Sabine Magri, COO UBS Switzerland. They succeed six members who have resigned from the board.

"With the new board members, the transversal knowledge of our board is ideally completed and it is pleasing that we were able to pay attention to diversity in the nomination process," Digitalswitzerland President Sascha Zahnd was quoted as saying in a statement.

Board members Sascha Zahnd, Yvonne Bettkober, Nicole Burth, Marcel Dobler, Thomas Flatt, Ivo Furrer, Peter Grütter, Catrin Hinkel, René Hüsler, Marco Huwiler, Gabriela Keller, Christian Keller, Cédric Moret, Christophe Nicolas, Marcel Stalder, Marc Walder and Anja Wyden Guelpa were re-elected for another one-year term of office.

Strategy Update

The year 2022 marks an important stage of strategy refinement and realignment for Digitalswitzerland. The appointment of the new Managing Director Stefan Metzger in January 2022. underscores the transition to a stronger impact orientation with six focus activities, the release says. The evolution of the strategy, known as Strategy 2025, defines the key success factors that characterize a digital nation, it said. The 2022 priorities focus on the key impact areas: Education, Cybersecurity, E-Health, E-Sustainability, Strengthening Regions and SMEs, and finally Cloud Availability and Infrastructure. Digitalswitzerland focuses on enabling, collaborating and orchestrating joint action on these issues.

"The ongoing impact of the Covid 19 pandemic and rapid digitization have created a new normal that is shaping the way we live. Our strategy welcomes ambiguity and turns it to our advantage. It allows flexibility and freedom of design without losing focus on our areas of impact," Managing Director Stefan Metzger is quoted as saying in the release.

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