Managing Board

The management is responsible for the operative managing of  ZFV.

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    Born in 1973, Swiss citizen

    Nadja Lang has been CEO of the ZFV since 29 June 2021. She was elected to the ZFV Board of Directors in 2017 and has been its President since 2019.

    She graduated in business administration from the ZHAW in 1998, majoring in marketing. She also completed various further courses in leadership, transformation, financial management and board management, including at IMD and INSEAD.

    In 1999, she started in brand management at Coca-Cola AG, where she was responsible for product innovation strategies. She then joined General Mills Europe in London and Nyon as European Marketing Manager, where she was responsible for brand and innovation strategies as well as the successful development and launch of several European products. From 2005-2011, she was Commercial Director and Deputy General Manager at Fairtrade Max Havelaar Switzerland and then General Manager until April 2017, where she was responsible for the growth strategy. During her time at Fairtrade, she was Chair of the Global Account Management Steering Committee and a member of the Finance Committee of Fairtrade International.

    Nadja Lang is currently a member of several boards of directors. These include Swiss Post AG, where she chairs the Organisation, Nomination, Remuneration Committee, Energie 360° AG and Pax Lebensversicherungen. Nadja Lang is also involved in the international advisory board of the ZHAW School of Management and Law and the advisory board of Kickstart in the focus area Food and Retail Tech.

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    Born in 1983, Swiss citizen

    Since January 2015 Lukas Christen has been the CFO of ZFV. He held the post temporary since the end of May 2014. He was formerly the deputy head of Finance and Accounting for three and a half years.

    Lukas Christen completed his basic commercial training at ZFV. Then he moved on to the Finance Department at Optimedia AG, a Swiss media agency, as well as the AWK Group, a consultancy and engineering company for IT, telecommunications and control technology. Alongside, he also did a further training at the KV Zürich Business School. After employment as team leader of Finance and Accounting at Elvetino AG, he returned to ZFV in October 2010 to become team leader of the Accounting Department and deputy head of Finance and Accounting. Since October 2013 he successfully completed his further education as an expert in financial reporting and controlling at the Controller Academy.

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    Born in 1974, Swiss citizen

    Gabriela Dal Santo has been CMO of the ZFV companies since June 2021.

    After studying economics at the University of St. Gallen, she started her career at Lindt and then held various management positions in marketing, sales, business development and innovation. Gabriela Dal Santo then spent almost ten years at Disney, where she was responsible for consumer products in Switzerland and for various international clients and projects, before spending four years in charge of global product and innovation management at Ricola. Most recently, Gabriela Dal Santo was Head of Marketing & Customer Experience and a member of the Executive Board at Sanitas Troesch. Her professional experience includes international responsibility for strategic brand management, marketing and communication as well as customer experience with a strong focus on digital transformation and new technologies to create unique customer experiences.

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    Born in 1965, Belgian citizen

    Thomas Kleber joined the ZFV Managing Board in July 2017 and is responsible for the management of Sorell Hotels Switzerland.

    He is a trained restaurant manager and graduate of the Steigenberg School of Hotel Management in Bad Reichenhall, Germany. As General Manager of restaurants at home and abroad, he has over 34 years of experience. At Cornell University in the USA, he completed further training in various areas in 1993. Most recently, Thomas Kleber was the Area General Manager of the Steigenberg hotel group in Switzerland and Konstanz for two years. Prior to that, he worked as Managing Director and General Manager of prestigious hotels in Switzerland and abroad.

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    Born in 1978, Swiss and Italian citizen

    Dario Notaro joined the ZFV Executive Board as CBDO on May 2021. He has been leading a strategic innovation initiative for the company since September 2020.

    After studying economics at the University of Zurich and LUISS in Rome, Dario Notaro worked for Gategroup for ten years in various positions. As a member of the M&A team, he accompanied transactions worldwide before taking on business development tasks for an in-house corporate start-up in London. Dario Notaro then took over the management of the Scandinavian Retail segment in Oslo. From 2015 to 2019, he was responsible for operations in Switzerland for the Compass Group and subsequently pursued his own projects. Dario Notaro has completed further training in leadership, innovation and sustainability at IMD in Lausanne and at the University of Cambridge.

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    Born in 1973, Swiss citizen

    Patrik Scheidegger has been a member of the ZFV management since November 2016. He runs the entire catering side of the business, which includes its restaurants and over 140 community catering units.

    Patrik Scheidegger is a dedicated restaurateur. He is a trained chef and service specialist; he has worked his way up from a being a chef to a deputy Head Chef and successfully graduated from the Hotel Management School Belvoirpark in Zurich. After managing the Restaurant Bären in Mägenwil (15 Gault Millau points) for five years, he became Restaurant Manager at SV Switzerland. Before he finally joined ZFV, he completed his leadership training and opened the Restaurant Einstein in Aarau, which was awarded 12 Gault Millau points. He successfully managed the business with 50 employees for three years.

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    Born in 1967, Swiss and Italian citizen

    Angela Tauro was appointed into Managing Board in 1996. She has been the ZFV’s Manager of Human Resources since August 1995. One year before she joined the corporation and was responsible for personnel.

    After her Commercial Basic Education, Angela Tauro quickly found her way into the personnel sector. Before joining ZFV, she was active for HOTELA and the Swiss Proprietor Association. In 2000 she attended the BBZ in Weinfelden to complete as personnel specialist with Swiss Federal Certification. In 2013, she completed her post studies in Leadership and Management at the KV Business School in Zürich.