Brief CV - Hans Hess
President of Swissmem and Vice-President of economiesuisse
Hans Hess has been President of the Swissmem industry association since November 2010. He graduated from ETH Zurich as a materials engineer in 1980 and, in 1989, was awarded an MBA from the University of Southern California in the United States. He subsequently held a number of managerial positions at various Swiss industrial companies, and was CEO of Leica Geosystems from 1996 to 2005.
Today, Hans Hess is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comet Holding AG and Reichle & De-Massari Holding AG, and a member of the Board of Directors of Burckhardt Compression Holding AG and dorma+kaba Holding AG. He is also Vice-President of economiesuisse and manages his own consulting company, Hanesco AG.
Brief CV - Stefan Brupbacher
Director of Swissmem
Stefan Brupbacher studied law at the University of Zurich, where he also completed a doctorate. In addition, he holds an Executive Master’s degree in international and European business law from the University of St. Gallen and a Master's degree in international relations, specializing in international business, from John Hopkins University (SAIS) in Bologna and Washington DC. From mid-2014 he was General Secretary of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). Prior to this, Mr Brupbacher was General Secretary of the FDP Switzerland party from 2008. He also gained extensive professional experience in his previous positions, including heading up the secretariat of the Economic Affairs and Taxation Committees of the National Council and Council of States (EATC) and as deputy head of International Labour Affairs at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
Dr Stefan Brupbacher took over as Director of Swissmem at the beginning of January 2019.