Philippe Weiss

HPL 2019, LSI 2015, SMA 2014, Custom Program 2004

Current Position: Head Business Unit Specialty & Hospital at Stada Group

Working in the pharmaceutical industry, Philippe is responsible for all commercial activities in Switzerland for the company Stada.

Having a medical background, he fulfilled a Bachelor Degree in Economics, followed by an Executive MBA at Ashridge Business School/Lorange Institute.

He started his career as a Key Account Manager in Oncology/Urology for Sanofi-Aventis in Geneva, moved in 2007 to Zürich and started as Product Manager in Oncology for Bayer Healthcare and helped to build up an oncology franchise. After 13 years in different roles in Oncology, he started as a Marketing Manager in the Alpine region for Allergan (Neurology/Ophtalmology). Since November 2021, he is responsible for the Business Unit Specialty Care and member of the Executive Board.

Brigitte Bodmer
Committee Member

IMD Digital Excellence Diploma 2018

Current Position: Marketing & Innovation Manager at BEKA Group

Brigitte has a strong track record in Strategic Marketing, Innovation and Business Development from world’s top retail brands (Nestlé, Kraft Foods, Lindt & Sprüngli) consumer focused SME’s and start-ups.

With her full dedication to put the customer at the heart of all her actions, she currently works as “Strategic Marketing & Human Centered Business Transformation Manager” for BEKA Group and as a Board Member in the FMCG and Telecom Sector.

Trained in Business Administration with a Master’s Degree from University of Zurich (lic.oec.publ.), Brigitte pursued her education in Digital Business Transformation with a “Digital Excellence Diploma”, from IMD Lausanne.

Inês Silva
Committee Member

IMD MBA 2012

Current Position: Head of Products Adecco Analytics at The Adecco Group

Inês has a solid experience in technology both having worked in multinational corporations (Portugal Telecom and The Adecco Group) and with FinTech and HR Tech ventures, (currently at Adecco Analytics), as an in-house consultant, and product innovation / business development leader.

Her passion for topics meaningful for society is reflected in her work and voluntary commitments. At Adecco Analytics Inês develops products focused on mitigating the Talent Deficit. At the MBA Chapter Zürich she co-leads the organization of events aiming to bring MBAs and all Alumni communities closely together.

Inês is an Economics graduate from Nova School of Business and Economics of Lisbon, having pursued further studies in Business, with the MBA from IMD Lausanne.

Dr. Rico Baumgartner
Committee Member

IMD MBA 1994

Current Positions:
CEO of Baumgartner Frey Family Office AG, CEO of Feldman Frey Philatelic Group AG, CEO of ImmoFrey AG.

  • Attorney-at-law with in-depth knowledge and experience in Private and Corporate Banking, Structured Finance, Insurance and Turn- around Management as well as in a wide area of Corporate and International Law;
  • Member of the Zurich Bar Association;
  • Certified Mediator;
  • Worked as Head Special Desk at Credit Suisse, Head Project Finance at Swiss Re, Risk Manager of a highly visible and reputable wealth owner, as well as a lawyer for ABB.

To reach directly:
Prof Tel: +41 43 343 9183
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Rafael Martín de Agar Tirado
Committee Member

IMD MBA 2010

Current Positions:
- Chairman of the Board, Grupo Emergya
- Business Unit Director, Drupalera (by Emergya)

Rafa has 20 years of business development, sales, strategy and operations experience in the software industry. With a clear entrepreneurial mindset and a hands-on approach, he cofounded two successful startups.

As the Drupalera Business Unit Director he takes care of business development, sales and team leadership at Drupalera (by Emergya). This Business Unit aims at providing value by creating excellent Digital Products based on Drupal technology. Different Nestlé brands, Sevilla FC, Hipódromo de la Zarzuela and the European Stability Mechanism, are among their customers.

As Chairman of the Board of Directors at Grupo Emergya, he is running the Board sessions and keeps a focus on creating value for their shareholders while ensuring sustainable growth for the different businesses in the group.

He is also a Board member and co-founder of the Bellerive Impact Fund and co-founder and former co-leader of the IMD MBA Chapter in Zürich.

To reach directly:
Tel: +41 79 290 52 97

Patrick 'Pat' Kamm
CFO & Committee Member

BOT Building on Talent program 2006

Current Position:
CFO & COO roles in Interim Management (tech companies, SaaS, FinTech, VC, PE).

With a marketing degree from the University of St. Gallen, executive educations at the Imperial College in London and the Amsterdam Institute of Finance, and an MBA from the Said Business School in Oxford, Pat worked in Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Audit, offshoring and outsourcing, COO operations and transportation in Switzerland and abroad.

Worked as CFO for McKinsey & Company Switzerland and Africa, MMP Holding AG and MoneyPark AG, for various tech companies, SaaS businesses and FinTech Startups as well as Ernst & Young and Credit Suisse Group.

Dr. Patrick Sommer
Committee Member

CMS Partnership Programs 2005, 2006, 2009

Current Position:
Attorney at Law, Partner at CMS Rechtsanwälte, focusing on competition law, corporate law and M & A

Graduated from the University of St. Gallen in 1987 and was admitted to the bar in 1989. He has written his doctoral thesis on the relationship of Switzerland to the European Union and completed postgraduate studies at the Collège d’Europe in Brugues with the H.E.E. diploma.

He then worked for several years in the legal department of the Swiss multinational group Holcim where he has been promoted to the offices of General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors. In 2000 Patrick Sommer joined our firm and is a partner since 2002.

Member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Association, the International advisory board of the “St. Galler Internationales Kartellrechtsforum” and the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht

To reach directly:
Prof Tel: +41 44 285 11 11
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Dr. Alexander Zinser
Committee Member

High Performance Leadership Program 2013
Orchestrating Winning Performance 2018

Current Position: Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, WISeKey

Alexander is responsible for all worldwide legal and compliance affairs of WISeKey, a leading Cybersecurity company listed on SIX, being a member of the Executive Leadership team. Before, he held leading positions in US multinationals, namely at the international headquarters of Reynolds American, Guardian Industries and Agilent Technologies. Alexander started his professional career at the law firm Graf von Westphalen in Frankfurt having studied law in Passau, Birmingham, Vienna, Strasbourg and Munich, finalized with a Ph.D.

To reach directly: mailto:[email protected]

Monika Wiegele
Club Secretary

Since 2018 I am serving as Club Secretary of the IMD Alumni Club Zurich, organising the events, taking care of the membership administration, answering all emails and questions and simply enjoying the wonderful interactions with all members that come along with the job.

My other Current Positions and Engagements:
• Administration and backoffice at Prisma Treuhand und Revisions AG
• Singer and Songwriter
• Writer of lyrics for songs or poetry in german, swissgerman or english
• Bandmember of

To reach directly:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +41 79 850 6683

Advisors to the Committee

Therese A. Gerber-Fürst

PED 2001

Current Position:
Owner and CEO of CONTAG Management Consultancy, Zug
BA in Business Administration KSZ; holding diplomas of Swiss Finance Institute of University of Zurich, in marketing and commercial business;

Management Consultancy to existing and new international and domestic financial organisations and service providers in asset and risk management, starting or expanding their institutional business in Switzerland;

Experienced professional in Commercial, Private and Institutional Banking, with special expertise in international payments and loans as well as in institutional asset management and fund business;

Business and start-up manager leading several organisations and new service entities in Switzerland for Swiss and international banks and asset managers.

To reach directly:
Prof Tel: +41 79 212 78 62
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Walter P. Hölzle

Current Positions:

  • owner of the consulting firm Hölzle, Buri & Partner Consulting
  • chairmen of the board at Biomed AG, director of the boards at Ferring AG, Innodent AG and advisor to the board of Galexis
  • acting president of the vips (Association of Pharmaceutical Companies in Switzerland), Vice-Chairman of PhRMA Switzerland (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer of America), President of the Foundation refdata, board member of GS1 and member of EAK.(federal appraisal commission for the reimbursement of pharmaceuticals); advisor to the canton Zug for the economic development

To reach directly
Prof. Tel. +41 41 727 67 87

Dr. Reto Müller

International Marketing Seminar, 1986

Current Positions: Chairman Helbling Group
With Helbling Group since 1984, Partner, Executive Chairman and CEO of Helbling Group, a leading professional services firm in technological innovation and business consulting.

Member of the Extended Executive Committee of SWISSMEM (Association of the Machinery, Electrical, Metal and Technology Manufacturing Companies of Switzerland), Member of the Board of Directors of several industrial companies, Chairman of the Regional Advisory Board of the Swiss National Bank (2002 ? 2010).

To reach directly:
Prof Tel: +41 44 438 1711
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