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Hans Hess (President)

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.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Kohl Vizedirektor, Vice director, Head of Commercial law & politics
Jean-Philippe Kohl (Vice director, Head of Economic Policy)

Brief CV - Dr. Jean-Philippe Kohl

Director a.i., Swissmem

Jean-Philippe Kohl, born on 24.6.1966, grew up in the Baden region and graduated from the University of Zurich in 1992 with a degree in economics. He subsequently wrote his doctoral thesis at the University of Basel, where he obtained his doctorate in 1996. 


Jean-Philippe Kohl worked in the economic policy department of the Federation of Migros Co-operatives in Zurich from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 to 2008, he was deputy to the General Secretary of the Department of Finance in Canton Berne. Jean-Philippe Kohl has been head of Swissmem’s economic policy unit since May 2008, and he is also a member of Swissmem’s Management. In addition, he has been teaching at the FHNW since 2003.


Jean-Philippe Kohl will take over management of Swissmem on an interim basis until such time as the Council appoints a new CEO and this person has commenced his or her duties.

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