Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the highest of the management body of ZFV. It is composed of five independant members. Since foundation, it is specified in the statutes that the presidium can only be occupied by one woman.

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    • Yr. 1948, Swiss citizen
    • Entrepreneur
    • Lic. oec. publ. and Dr. oec. publ.

    Dr. Regula Pfister has been part of the Board of Directors of ZFV since 1986. In 1988 she was elected Vice Chairwoman and in 2001 she was elected as Chairwoman. From middle of 1995 to end of 2012 she successfully characterized ZFV with her role as Chairwoman of the Managing Board.

    Dr. Regula Pfister completed her studies in economics in 1972 at the University of Zürich and achieved a doctorate in 1974 with her thesis on the subject of banks. Together with Prof. Dr. Henner Kleinewefers, she wrote the textbook «Die schweizerische Volkswirtschaft», that has appeared in several editions. After various functions as a secondary school teacher and working in a journalistic area, she changed at the beginning of the eighties to the PR branch and founded her own PR agency in 1990. This continues to be managed today by her former business partner under the name Pfister Kugler & Partner GmbH.

    From 1978 to 1987 Dr. Regula Pfister held a seat for the FDP party in the Municipal Council Zürich City. Afterwards she became a member of the Canton Council from 1987 to 1999. She presided its Finance Committee for the duration of four years and was member and president of an import commission as for example for that of the new university law which was passed by the population in 1998. Regula Pfister was and is a member of various Boards of Directors and also is greatly active in non-profit organizations. In 2013 she was awarded the title of Guest of Honour of the University of Zürich.

    Regula Pfister has two adult daughters and four grandchildren. She likes attending concerts, has an affinity for visual arts and has pleasure being outside in the nature.

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    • Yr. 1954, Swiss citizen,
    • Managing Director Vontobel Bank AG
    • Lic. oec. et oec. HSG

    Reto Panchaud was elected into the ZFV Board of Directors in 2006.

    He completed a degree in Economics and a degree in Tourism at the University of St. Gallen. Furthermore, he has also successfully completed the AMP Programme at Wharton School in Philadelphia (USA).

    Reto Panchaud was active over a lengthy period at UBS AG. He spent many years in New York and Madrid. Among other things he was Country Head for Spain, Chief of Staff for Europe as well as COO Global Equities. Thereafter, he continued his banking career as Head of Private Banking at Commerzbank in Zürich. After the merger, he became Managing Director of the Vontobel Bank AG in August 2010. Currently he has the responsibility for the Scandinavian market.

    Reto Panchaud has three children of age. In his leisure time, he relaxes by playing golf, skiing or listening to jazz.

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    • Yr. 1960, Swiss citizen
    • Partner of Tax Advisors & Associates
    • Dr. iur. and eidg. dipl. Tax Expert

    Dr. Maja Bauer-Balmelli has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013.

    In 1984, Maja Bauer-Balmelli completed her education at the University of St Gallen with the degree title lic. iur. In 1990 she became an eidg. dipl. Tax Expert and in 2001 she completed her doctorate at the University of Zürich.

    Before she joined as a partner at Tax Advisors & Associates in 2014, she was a long-standing partner at Pestalozzi Rechtsanwälte AG as well as being active in tax advice and acting as People Partner at Arthur Andersen. From 1995 to 2003 she worked as a substitute judge for the Federal Tax Appeal for the City of Zürich and from 1999 to 2007, she was a member of the Swiss Takeover Commission. In addition, she had duties as a member of the Former Advisory Board of the University of St. Gallen as well as a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Academy for Business Taxation.

    Maja Bauer-Balmelli is active in several boards of directors and is both Initiator and Co-President of wipswiss (Women in Property Switzerland Association). She regularly gives lectures and publishes works about taxation law and she teaches within the framework of the LL.M International Tax Law Course at the Univeristy of Zürich.

    In her private life, Maja Bauer-Balmelli is a dedicated host. She is interested in classical music, modern art and literature. Her sport activities are jogging, hiking and skiing.

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    •    DOB 1964, Swiss citizen
    •    Entrepreneur
    •    Lic. oec. (HEC) University of Lausanne

    Esther v. Ziegler was elected to the ZFV Board of Directors in 2015.

    Esther v. Ziegler graduated from the University of Zurich after completing her course and gained her Lic. oec. HEC at the University of Lausanne.

    Her professional career began in the retail trade working for C&A Mode AG as part of an international trainee programme. She then moved into a marketing role for consumer goods in a family-run business. After the birth of her 3 daughters she devoted her time to setting up the medical technology Clusters toolpoint for life science, where she worked as General Secretary. She wrote about economic affairs for various newspapers.

    At the same time as this and, more specifically, once her daughters had become independent, she set up azinova Group AG with her husband, which specialises in the reuse of former factory property and other mixed-use real estate projects. As a result, the former spinning mill at Murg am Walensee, along with other properties, has been given a new lease of life. The tourist projects sagibeiz and lofthotel, which are continuously extended and supplemented with new offers, are important contributors to the success of these regeneration programmes.

    Esther v. Ziegler thoroughly enjoys being part of the Swiss Venture Club Eastern Switzerland as a member of the jury.

    Esther v. Ziegler loves being active. Previously a figure skater at competition level, she now spends her time either on the tennis court or out on the slopes. She is also avidly interested in art, design and architecture. And she likes getting involved in matters concerning our future, trends and developments in society.

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    • born in 1962, Swiss citizen
    • CEO FCB Zurich
    • Communication manager with federal diplomaCornelia Patricia Harder was elected to the Board of Directors of ZFV in 2017.

    After attending the Wirtschaftsgymnasium (commercial college) in Biel and gaining several years’ experience in the property sector, Cornelia Harder enrolled for further education courses in marketing and communication, which she completed successfully by obtaining federal diplomas for communication planning and in 1991 as communication manager. In 1994/95, she attended an intensive course in communication and management at the University of St. Gallen.

    Cornelia Harder started her professional career by working for various companies before she joined SMP (Swiss Milk Producers) in 1990 as Head of Marketing and Communication, where she was responsible, among other areas, for umbrella brand communication and the repositioning of the core products. From 1995, she headed the Publicis advertising agency in Lausanne as CEO, and in 2002 she took over the operating business as COO and joined the board of directors of Publicis Zurich, the biggest Swiss advertising agency. In 2005, she transferred to the media business and joined PubliGroupe, where she was Director of the largest Publicitas unit in Switzerland and responsible for the restructuring of the Central Plateau region. Since 2008 she has been CEO of FCB Zurich, and during this time she has catapulted the company into the ranks of the top Swiss creative agencies.

    Cornelia Harder is advisor to a start-up company and a lecturer in marketing and product management at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She is a passionate tennis player and plays for an ambitious women’s team in her free time, and in winter she enjoys cross-country skating and skiing.

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    • born in 1973, Swiss citizen
    • Various board member mandates
    • Business administrator

    Nadja Lang was elected to the Board of Directors of ZFV in 2017.

    She studied business administration specialising in marketing at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur from 1995 to 1998.

    She started working as Brand Manager for Coca-Cola AG in 1999, where she was responsible for various brands for several years. Her final responsibility was for product innovation strategies and the development of new concepts. She then transferred to General Mills Europe where as European Marketing Manager she was responsible for the brand and innovation strategy as well as the successful development and launch of several European products. From 2005 to 2011, she worked for Max Havelaar, first as Commercial Director and Deputy General Manager and then as General Manager until April 2017, where she was in charge of the growth strategy.

    At present, Nadja Lang sits on several advisory boards as well as the following boards of directors: Die Schweizerische Post AG, Energie 360 Grad AG and Metron AG (vice-chairman).

    The mother of two children likes spending her free time with family and friends and enjoys travelling throughout the world. In addition to her interest in current affairs and culture, Nadja Lang likes being active participating in sports like running, tennis, hiking and yoga.