Before joining CEIBS, Robert was Head of Talent Management, Leadership and Organizational Development Europe at Oerlikon AG. Prior to joining Oerlikon, he was Director of Education at the Swiss Finance Institute. He has also previously served as Head of Strategy + Operations Consulting at KPMG and worked for 7 years at Credit Suisse in private banking. Robert has also been Professor of Finance at several universities and regularly teaches on the topics of leadership and financial leadership at corporate universities and university executive programmes.
A native of the United States, he completed his undergraduate studies and MBA at the University of Richmond and George Washington University, respectively, in the U.S. and has a PhD in international economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Robert has 4 daughters, and enjoys skiing, golf and hiking. He has been working in Europe for 25 years.
Previous to CEIBS, Hannah worked in London as an Account Manager for Cancer Research UK and before that as Event Manager for Guardian News & Media. She joined CEIBS in September 2017 after relocating from London to Zurich.
Hannah has significant global experience having spent a year living and working in China and has organised events all over the world including Europe, Asia and Africa.
Hannah heads up CEIBS Alumni Relations in Europe, creating events and community initiatives to develop and grow the alumni network ensuring plentiful business opportunities for the school in and beyond Europe.
Esther Bamert joined CEIBS in August 2019. She is a qualified Bookkeeper with many years of experience in medium sized organisations, international and German/Swiss companies in financial accounting and office management involved in all areas of accounting, payrolling and personnel administration.
Esther’s interests include nature, walking, reading, photography and skiing.
Fred-Thomas Altaner joined the team at Zurich Institute of Business Education as Head of Finance on January 1, 2018.
Fred studied at the Zurich Institute’s predecessor organizations and holds an Executive MBA degree from the Lorange Institute of Business Zurich as well as a Master of Science in Finance degree from GSBA. His professional experience includes various roles in finance in both the banking and manufacturing industries. A dual German and Canadian national, Fred spent over 14 years managing accounting and controlling with a large multi-national manufacturing corporation, of which he lived in Toronto, Canada for ten years.
Besides his penchant for numbers, Fred enjoys photography and riding his ATV.
Marianne E. Wiesli graduated with two master’s degrees from one of Europe’s top business schools. She has 8 years experience in marketing, sales and advertising and is a design innovation (Stanford ME310) and research expert with in-depth insight in connecting businesses and marketing. Marianne is fluent in Mandarin, English and German and has worked several years in the Asia Pacific region.
Before joining CEIBS, Kevin was the assistant shop manager at Swiss Lion AG (one of the Bucherer group company). Before moving to Switzerland in 2010, Kevin worked at ExxonMobile China Investment Company for 3 years in Shanghai and for almost 6 years at Mitsubishi Corporation in Guangzhou as team leader in the Home appliance department.
Kevin graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with Bachelor’s degree in International Business/Trade/Co
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