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Executive Talk on Innovation

Executive Talk on Innovation

The world is moving faster and faster. How can companies tell which innovations and topics are relevant to them, and how can they be used productively and monetised? How can classic projects and agile innovation be combined? How can you foster a corporate culture that enables innovation and motivates staff? Four executives from different industries and companies of different sizes will explore these questions together with the audience of the Digital Festival.

The executive talk is being held in cooperation with digitalswitzerland.

Wann 13.09.2018
Zeit 11:15 - 11:45
Wo Schiffbau


Tom Hanan

Founder and Managing Director Webrepublic

Tom Hanan, Founder and Managing Director, is in charge of the strategic direction of Webrepublic and strategic customer development. He frequently speaks at industry events and is a member of the board at IAB Switzerland, where he is a part of the “Programmatic” focus group. In 2017, Tom received the Digital Lifetime Award from IAB Switzerland. The same year, Ernst & Young named him “Entrepreneur Of The Year” in honor of his entrepreneurial accomplishments.

Marc Walder

Chief Executive Officer Ringier AG

Marc Walder was appointed chairman of the group executive board in April 2012. He also serves on several boards of directors, including as chairman of Scout 24 Schweiz AG and vice chairman of JobCloud AG. Marc Walder started his career with Ringier in 1991 after eight years as a professional tennis player on the ATP Tour. Following his training at the Ringier School of Journalism, Walder joined the Blick Group, where he held various positions, including deputy editor-in-chief of SonntagsBlick and head of the sports desk of the Blick Group. In 2000, he was named editor-in-chief of Schweizer Illustrierte, Switzerland’s largest magazine, which he ran successfully for seven years. Marc Walder became editor-in-chief of SonntagsBlick in 2007 and also took over the editorial management of the Blick Group. Since September 2008, he has served as CEO of Ringier Switzerland and Germany, and as a member of Ringier’s group executive board. Under his leadership, Ringier AG has consistently pursued diversification and digitalisation with significant investment in the Digital Business and Entertainment units. In 2008, Marc Walder completed the Advanced Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston. He is the founder of the digitalswitzerland initiative, which brings together 100 of the largest Swiss companies to promote digital business development and the digital transformation of the country. He is married, has two daughters and lives near Zurich.

Philomena Colatrella


Philomena Colatrella holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Fribourg (CH) and is admitted to the bar in Canton Lucerne. She completed her studies with a CAS in Finance and Accounting from the Institute of Financial Services in Zug and attended a Senior Executive Program at the London Business School. After working for several years as a lawyer, she joined CSS Health Insurance in 2000. She was employed as a legal counsel up to 2002, when she was promoted to General Counsel – a position she held until 2012, when she was appointed General Secretary of the CSS Group. On 1 September 2016 Philomena Colatrella started her new role as CEO of CSS Insurance with a premium volume of CHF 6.167 billion.

Urs Schaeppi

CEO Swisscom

Urs Schaeppi arbeitet seit 20 Jahren bei Swisscom, leitete seit 2008 den Grosskundenbereich und seit Anfang 2013 Swisscom Schweiz. Von Juli bis Oktober 2013 wurde er zum CEO a.i. ernannt. Der Verwaltungsrat wählte Urs Schaeppi anfangs November 2013 definitiv zum CEO Swisscom. Er verfügt über Abschlüsse als dipl. Ing. ETH und lic. oec. HSG. Vor seiner Zeit bei Swisscom war Urs Schaeppi bei Iveco, Ascom AG und bei der Papierfabrik Biberist in verschiedenen Führungspositionen tätig.