Organisation Sunrise Communications Group AG

Executive Leadership Team
Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise Olaf Swantee

Chief Executive Officer
(CEO)

Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise
Olaf Swantee

Olaf Swantee (1966), Dutch/Swiss citizen, CEO at Sunrise since May 2016

Academic Background

European MBA, European School of Management, Paris, France
Study economics, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands

Professional Background

He spent his early career in IT, before moving into telecommunications at Orange. He became Executive Vice-President at Orange-France Telecom and sat on the EE board before taking over as Chief Executive. During H1 2014, he has accepted a non-executive board role in Legal & General, one of the largest financial services companies in the FTSE 100. He transformed EE from a joint venture of a #3 and #4 into an industry leader and increased its enterprise value by 4B£. The company was sold to BT in the beginning of Feb. 2015 for 12.5B£. Olaf was named CEO of the Year at the World Communication Awards in 2013.

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Andre Krause André Krause

Chief Financial Officer
(CFO)

Andre Krause
André Krause

André Krause (1970), German national, CFO at Sunrise since October 2011.

Academic Background

1993 - 1996 bachelor of arts in economics, Bielefeld

Professional Background

Most recently André Krause was CFO for O2 Germany GmbH in Munich. From 2004 to 2006 he held the position of Vice President of Strategy & Consulting at O2 Germany. From 1999 to 2004 he was Associate Principal and member of the TIME practice at McKinsey & Company, Inc., in Dusseldorf. He also worked as a Junior in Computer Risk Management and Audit at Arthur Andersen in Dusseldorf from 1997 - 1999.

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Ralf Brandmeier

Lead of Business Customers
Unit a.i., not ELT member

Ralf Brandmeier

Year of Birth 1961, German national, interim Business Unit leader at Sunrise as of 11 May 2017

Academic Background

Master's Degree in Business Administration and Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Professional Background

Senior Executive with extensive business leadership skills who has worked at the Board/CxO level in a number of national and multinational corporations across the telecommunications and IT sectors. Has wide-ranging experience in business management, transformation, and performance management, and in implementing business efficiency improvements in marketing, sales and service.

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Françoise Clemes Françoise Clemes

Chief Services Officer
(CSO)

Françoise Clemes
Françoise Clemes

Françoise Clemes (1967), French and Spanish citizen, CSO at Sunrise since June 2016.

Academic Background

1992 Master in Human Engineering / Ergonomy, Paris Descartes University, France

1991 Master in Experimental Psychology / Information Systems, Paris Descartes University, France

Professional Background

Françoise Clemes worked in Corporate Sales at Orange France, moved to HR and served as Vice President HR of Orange Europe for four years. She was employed by EE Limited in England starting in 2011, first as Chief of HR and was later named Chief Customer Services in 2013.

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Bruno Duarte

Chief Consumer Officer (CCO)

Bruno Duarte

Bruno Duarte (1966), French national, CCO at Sunrise

Academic Background

MBA, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France
Bachelor’s Degree (Diplôme d’Ingénieur), Supélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Professional Background

Before joining Sunrise in 2017, Bruno spent nine years at EE where he ran a number of business units covering consumer fixed and mobile broadband needs. There he is credited with leading the successful turnaround of the Consumer Fixed Broadband BU and as well as driving the step change in profitability of the EE Consumer Post-Pay BU (£3.5bn revenue). Prior to joining EE (Orange UK at the time), Bruno worked for Hutchison 3G in the UK, where as a member of the Senior Executive Team he was in charge of Strategy. From 1993 to 2005, Bruno worked for management consultant Arthur D. Little both in the US and in France. He focused on strategy and marketing issues for leading telcos in Europe and Africa and became a Partner in the Telecom and Media practice in 2000.

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Elmar Grasser Elmar Grasser

Chief Technology Officer
(CTO)

Elmar Grasser
Elmar Grasser

Elmar Grasser (1965), Italian national, CTO at Sunrise since April 2013.

Academic Background

1984 - 1992 Master's degree in computer science, Vienna University of Technology

Professional Background

In his most recent position before joining Sunrise, Elmar Grasser was responsible as CTO for the entire network and IT operations at Orange Austria Telecommunications GmbH from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as CTO for networks and IT at E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG in Germany until 2007 and at tele.ring Telekom Service GmbH in Austria until 2006. Elmar Grasser also gained broad international management experience in his position as Director Engineering at O2 until 2004 and as Executive Director of Engineering at Iridium Services Europe GmbH & Co. KG.

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Dominik Rubli Dominik Rubli

Chief Administrative Officer
(CAO)

Dominik Rubli
Dominik Rubli

Dominik Rubli (1971), Swiss citizen, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and General Counsel of Sunrise since May 2016

Academic Background

2009 Dr. iur., University of Zurich, Switzerland
2000 Attorney at Law, admitted to the Zurich bar, Switzerland
1996 lic. iur., University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Professional Background

After working in the insurance industry and for the courts, Dominik Rubli became a researcher at the Department of Economics and Management at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. In 2002 he joined a business law firm in Zurich and subsequently moved to Sunrise in 2006. In 2010, he was appointed General Counsel and built up the department for Legal & Corporate Affairs, also incorporating Regulatory, Corporate Security & Compliance. 

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Karin Schmidt Karin Schmidt

Chief Human Resources Officer
(CHRO)

Karin Schmidt
Karin Schmidt

Karin Schmidt (1973), Swiss citizen, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Sunrise since May 2016.

Academic Background

2016 CAS in HR Value Creation, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
2014 Executive MBA ZFH General Management, HWZ University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland
2001 Diploma in Business Administration, BVS Business School, Zurich, Switzerland

Professional Background

Between 1994 and 2010 Karin Schmidt worked for UBS in various HR functions; the final three years as Head of Human Resources for the CFO. She was appointed Group Head Human Resources at the Charles Voegele Group in Pfaffikon in 2011 and has worked for Sunrise as Head HR Operations Commercial and Finance since 2013.

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Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise Robert Wigger

Chief Business Officer (CBO)
from September 1, 2017

Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise
Robert Wigger

Robert Wigger (1967), Swiss citizen, CBO at Sunrise from September 2017

Academic Background

Executive Leadership & Management, St. Gallen Management Institute, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Advanced Marketing and Sales, INSEAD, Singapore
Swiss Marketing & Management Diploma, Furrer Marketing and Management Institute, Zürich, Switzerland

Professional Background

Before joining Sunrise in 2017, Robert spent 15 years at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he established a new business and sales segment with Cloud Service Providers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa – which was recognized as Hewlett-Packard’s best performing sales segment within EMEA in 2015. At HP he was a Top Talent member from 2009 until 2012. Robert has excellent strategic business and sales planning skills, which he employs to drive real market differentiation. Before joining HP, Robert worked for Compaq Schweiz, where he led the Computing Business unit and team. From 1995-1997 he was founding member of Macrotron Distribution in Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

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