Roland Thomann leaves Swiss Solidarity after only one and a half years

Swiss Solidarity Director Roland Thomann is leaving the foundation with immediate effect after only one and a half years in office. The reason was a difference of "opinion on the implementation of the strategy".

The decision was taken on Friday "in consultation with the Foundation Board", Swiss Solidarity announced. Thomann's current deputy, Catherine Baud-Lavigne, will temporarily head the Executive Board. The position will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Thomann had only been elected director of the fundraising organisation in January 2020. At the time, he succeeded Tony Burgener, who retired after eight years at the helm. Previously, Thomann was head of digital at Spina's Civil Voices, a communications agency specialising in campaigns and fundraising for non-governmental organisations and aid agencies.

Under Thomann's leadership, Swiss Solidarity conducted a "historic fundraising campaign" for the victims of the pandemic in Switzerland, it said. He also initiated the process of developing a new digitalization strategy.

Swiss Solidarity is an independent foundation created by SRG and co-finances projects abroad for its 26 Swiss partner relief organizations with the donations entrusted to it. In Switzerland, it supports projects for people in need, for example after severe storms or during pandemics. (SDA)

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