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Turning Point at the Alfred Escher Foundation: Organizational and Personnel Changes

New members were appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Escher Foundation on October 25, 2016. This change is happening in the context of the successful release of thousands of Escher's letters in print and digital format ( With these publications, the Alfred Escher Foundation has set editorial standards for academia and has achieved the ambitious targets it set when it was founded in 2006. The next major target is the 200th anniversary of Alfred Escher's birth in 2019. This event will be marked by a number of diverse activities and be handled by a new organizational structure.


The New Board of Trustees

Since October 25, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Escher Foundation has comprised the following people:

·         Beat Husi, Chairman, Government Chancellor of the Canton of Zurich

·         Prof. Susanna Bliggenstorfer, Vice Chairman, Director of the Zurich Central Library

·         Monika Diem, Director of Swiss Life's "Perspektiven" foundation

·         Dr. Beat Gnädinger, Head of the State Archives for the Canton of Zurich

·         Prof. Fritz Gutbrodt, Managing Director, Swiss Re

·         Daniel Hochstrasser, Head of Records & Information Management Services, Credit Suisse

·         Pius Landolt, Secretary of the Mayor's Department of the City of Zurich

·         Werner Nuber, President of the SBB Historic Foundation

·         Dr. Stefan Wiederkehr, President of the Collections and Archives Committee at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich


The following people resigned from the Board of Trustees as of October 25, 2016:

·         Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re

·         Dr. Rolf Dörig, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Life Holding AG

·         Jacqueline Fehr, Member of the Zurich Cantonal Council

·         Prof. Peter Forstmoser, LL.M., emeritus professor at the University of Zurich, attorney at law

·         Corine Mauch, Mayor of the City of Zurich

·         Urs Rohner, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG


Managing Director Resignation

In conjunction with having achieved the specified targets, the founding Managing Director and head of research Prof. Joseph Jung is stepping down from his leadership role as of December 31, 2016, after 11 years of service.


Contact through December 23, 2016 (operations then closed until January 16, 2017)


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