Wednesdays at 6:35 pm (repeats 9 am Saturdays)
Pete Forster and François Clerc invite Swiss-based executives to offer insight into the upper echelons of corporate Switzerland and beyond. In the fast-paced business world, top managers frequently change jobs and you will find that some of our previously interviewed guests have moved on to new positions.
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Executive Life: Gilles Andrier, GivaudanTuesday, 28 September, 2010Givaudan is the world’s largest maker of fragrances and flavours. If you use anything with artificially added scent anywhere in the world, there is one in four chance it contains a Givaudan product. Pete Forster and François Clerc chat with Gilles Andrier, the CEO of Givaudan:
Executive Life: Dietmar Eidens, Merck SeronoTuesday, 21 September, 2010Pete Forster and François Clerc take a trip to the modern glassy hanger that is home to the new Merck Serono offices in Geneva. There they sit down with Dietmar Eidens, Director of Human Resources of the pharmaceutical firm, to discuss his tactics for keeping people the company needs:
Executive Life: Jean Claude Biver, HublotTuesday, 14 September, 2010Pete Forster and François Clerc invite to the show Jean Claude Biver of Hublot, one of the giants of the Swiss watch industry. They delve into how he turned around not one, but three iconic Swiss brands. He also tells us about his surprisingly warm relationship with the granddad of watch entrepreneurs, the late Nicolas Hayek:
Executive Life: Frank Wubben, StarbucksTuesday, 7 September, 2010For many, this retailing giant is a symbol of globalisation, both good and bad, and for many years it was one of the fastest growing businesses in the world. Starbucks continues to sell the coffee house experience to customers in 50 different countries worldwide. We talk to Frank Wubben, the managing director for Switzerland and Austria, about his long career in the food trade—and learn why he thinks Starbucks has a bright future in Europe.
Executive Life: Linking fast food chains across culturesTuesday, 31 August, 2010Pete Forster and François Clerc talk to HR executive Cristophe Degiganon for Yum Restaurants International in Europe about preserving the Pizza Hut or KFC ambiance in different countries.
Executive Life: Francis Gurry, WIPOTuesday, 24 August, 2010Francis Gurry is head of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. WRS’s Pete Forster and François Clerc talk to him about his long career within the organisation that aims to improve the protection of new ideas and the fostering of international cooperation in the use of new technologies:
Executive Life: Olivier Kunz, Ferring PharmaceuticalsTuesday, 29 June, 2010Olivier Kunz, head of Corporate HR at Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Ferring is a major player in the field of peptide use in medicine. It has offices in 47 countries and some 3,800 employees globally. WRS’s Pete Forster spoke to him about the challenges of competing for talent.
Executive Life: Chris McSorley, Geneva Servette Ice HockeyTuesday, 22 June, 2010Pete Forster and François Clerc talk the business of sport with Chris McSorley, coach and manager of the Geneva Servette Ice Hockey club. When he joined them in the 2000 season they were a B league team. This year they almost won the A league. McSorely explains why discipline and team playing are the key qualities he looks for when building a successful team.
Executive Life: Dr. Hamadoun Touré, ITUTuesday, 15 June, 2010Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union, talks to Pete Forster and François Clerc about growing up in the deserts of Mali, being educated in the Soviet Union and traces his path from a successful private sector career to heading up a major international institution.
Executive Life: Jose Lorente, Owens IllinoisTuesday, 8 June, 2010Jose Lorente is the European head of O-I. Each year they produce 30 million tons of glass containers in 78 factories spread over 22 countries. He is responsible for some 8,000 employees and told WRS’s Pete Forster and François Clerc about the delicacy of dealing with the internal culture of a huge international organization:
Executive Life: Jean-Frédéric Dufour, ZenithWednesday, 26 May, 2010Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour explains why his first job in Hong Kong changed the way he thinks about what is possible in business and reveals that his career in the watch industry started at a dinner party:
Executive Life: Raanan Zilberman, Edens SpringsWednesday, 19 May, 2010WRS’s Pete Forster and François Clerc speak with Raanan Zilberman, CEO of Edens Springs, Europe’s leading bottled water provider:
Executive Life: Pedro Simko, Saatchi & SaatchiWednesday, 12 May, 2010WRS’s Pete Forster and François Clerc speak with Pedro Simko, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland about how his name got attached to the infamous ad agency:
Executive Life: Giovanni Bisignani, IATAMonday, 12 April, 2010WRS’s Pete Forster and François Clerc speak with IATA CEO Giovanni Bisignani about a career as an international executive that’s had him rubbing shoulders with a veritable who’s who of the business world—and the qualities it takes to be a “change agent” in an organisation like IATA.
Executive Life: Rob Steele, International Standards OrganisationMonday, 29 March, 2010You name it, the ISO has had a hand in it, be it the mp3 in your sound system to the credit card you used to buy it. WRS’s Pete Forster and François Clerc go inside with CEO Rob Steele: