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National Councillor Marcel Dobler is the new Chairman of ICTswitzerland

At yesterday’s ICTswitzerland Conference of Delegates, National Councillor Marcel Dobler was unanimously elected as the new Chairman. Dobler takes over from Ruedi Noser, Member of the Council of States, who has been the Chairman of the umbrella organisation since 2009. The new Vice-Chairman is National Councillor Franz Grüter.

Yesterday, Ruedi Noser, Member of the Council of States, chaired the final ICTswitzerland Conference of Delegates of his eight-year tenure in the Audimax at ETH. Noser has built ICTswitzerland into a strong voice for the ICT industry, with 27 member companies and 21 member associations. The professional association, ICT Vocational Training Switzerland, was set up under his leadership. Its success is illustrated by the fact that since 2010, the number of ICT apprentices has risen by more than 25% to 9,200. In addition, Noser helped Switzerland become the ICT partner country at CeBIT 2016, which garnered considerable attention both in Switzerland and abroad. Its successful appearance as the partner country at the world’s most important B2B trade fair for digitalisation in Hanover increased awareness of the relevance of ICT among business, politics and civil society.

Leveraging the benefits of digitalisation for Switzerland
The Conference of Delegates elected Marcel Dobler (born in 1980) as its new Chairman for a period of two years. Dobler is one of the founding members of the successful Swiss ICT company Digitec and was its CEO for 13 years. Dobler won a number of awards for his professional successes in the ICT industry, including the Swiss Economic Award and the Best of Swiss Web Award. In autumn 2015, he was elected to the National Council with the FDP.

Marcel Dobler is delighted with his election: “It is a real honour for me to take over the leadership of the umbrella organisation for the ICT industry from Ruedi Noser. As the Chairman of ICT Switzerland, I will do everything I can, particularly in parliament, for Switzerland to benefit from the advantages offered by digitalisation.” In his role as Chairman, he will focus on the following three key areas in the years to come: digital education and training is to be improved at all levels; suitable framework conditions are to be put in place to boost innovation in Switzerland; and laws and administrative processes are required to promote digitalisation, instead of impeding it.

Management Board newly elected
The Conference of Delegates newly elected the entire Management Board for the next two years. Franz Grüter was appointed from the members to become the new Vice-Chairman. As a successful ICT entrepreneur (VRP green.ch) and National Councillor (SVP), he has close business and political ties with the ICT industry. He succeeds Dr Thomas Flatt, Chairman of SwissICT.

digital.swiss – progress of digitalisation in Switzerland at a glance
In his short speech, Management Board member Thomas Meyer talked about the significance of the digital.swiss platform, which visualises the progress of digitalisation in Switzerland. The new platform will go online with new data in May 2017. Meyer presented the key findings of the survey carried out by research institute gfs.bern in February 2017, which will be incorporated into the platform in various areas (digital.swiss/en/publications). One point of note is the ambivalence of the Swiss population: Swiss people view modern technology and digitalisation as an opportunity, but at the same time want greater protectionism.

For more information, contact:
Andreas Kaelin, CEO ICTswitzerland
T. +41 31 311 62 45 | contact by email

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