Women on Boards

We aim to inspire women in their careers and encourage their advancement.

Activist shareholders pose new challenge for boards of directors

Interview with Barbara Heller, Managing Partner of SWIPRA Services

Board members are increasingly being expected to cultivate an awareness of their stakeholders’ various demands and to engage in active dialog on topics like sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Success comes to those who can credibly demonstrate the connection between the company’s strategy and these issues. The Coronavirus will only make this situation more obvious.

Barbara Heller is Managing Partner at SWIPRA Services, a service provider that advises companies on all aspects of corporate governance. In this interview with Prof. Reto Eberle, Partner at KPMG Switzerland, she discusses how well companies are succeeding in this.

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Barbara Heller, Managing Partner of SWIPRA Services

Gender equality means business

  • At KPMG, we aim to inspire women in their careers and encourage their advancement to the C-suite and board level. We believe that gender equality means business.

    KPMG supports several organizations that promote women in business as part of our commitment to cultivate diversity.

Isabelle Welton wins Women's Board Award 2020

On Tuesday, 10 November 2020, the "Women's Board Award" was presented for the second time in Switzerland. This award focuses on the achievements of high-calibre female board members in the Swiss economy.

The nominees for 2020 were:
Dr Claudia Suessmuth Dyckerhoff
Isabelle Welton
Dr Karen Huebscher

The jury presented this year's award to Isabelle Welton, who has already proven her leadership experience in international companies as a board member in leading, listed Swiss companies. Isabelle Welton has been a member of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung Board of Directors since 2013. Since then, two further mandates have been added, one for the real estate and mortgage service provider Avobis Group and the other for the pharmaceutical supplier Siegfried Holding.

KPMG is proud to support the Women's Board Award in Switzerland from the beginning as one of the main sponsors because we see the advancement of women as a strategic business issue and are working on specific global and national projects.

Visit www.womensboardaward.ch for more information.

The winner of 2020: Isabelle Welton

Women’s Board Award 2020

This year, the Women's Board Award ceremony had to take place without an audience due to the COVID-19 restrictions.


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Who to contact

Hélène Béguin
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Head of National Market Western Switzerland