On 25 October 2019, in the Samsung Hall in Zurich, the jury of the prestigious “Entrepreneur Of The YearTM” 2019 competition, organized by Ernst & Young, presented awards in four categories to Swiss winners. H. Moser & Cie., partner in this event for the eighth consecutive year, warmly congratulates these entrepreneurs for their endeavours and their outstanding achievements.
On the occasion of the gala evening organized by Ernst & Young in Zurich, Maurizio Tallero, Director of Production & Product Development and member of the board of H. Moser & Cie., greeted the entrepreneurs participating in the competition, in recognition that they represent the future of Switzerland.
He congratulated the winners and gave them a Endeavour Centre Seconds Automatic timepiece from H. Moser & Cie., a rare and refined distinction for the top cadre among Swiss entrepreneurs.
The 2019 winners are:-
- Stefan & Christian Ganzoni, SIGVARIS Holding AG, Winterthour, “Family Business” category
- Ueli Jost, Veriset AG, Root, “Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences” category
- Fabio Ronga, beqom SA, Nyon, “Trade/Services” category
- Patrick Thévoz & Adrien Briod, Flyability SA, Paudex, “Emerging Entrepreneur” category
In addition, the serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr Beat Curti was honoured as a “Master Entrepreneur”
H. Moser & Cie. cultivates the entrepreneurial spirit in honour of the work of founder Heinrich Moser, who was a tireless entrepreneur. Innovation, creativity and quality are all characteristics at the core of this spirit for H. Moser & Cie. As a prestigious Manufacture, design, development and production are all carried out in-house for its own watch movements.
Together with its sister company Precision Engineering AG, they cultivate the know-how and expertise required for the production of advanced components, such as the regulating organs, including escapements and even the hairsprings. Supporting Swiss entrepreneurs alongside Ernst & Young is just one of the ways they continue the legacy of founder Heinrich Moser.
Winners of “Entrepreneur Of The YearTM” 2019
Stefan & Christian Ganzoni, SIGVARIS Holding AG
Since its founding as a haberdashery business by Moritz Ganzoni-Sträuli in Winterthur in 1864, the company, which is still 100 per cent family-owned, has representatives from the 4th, 5th and 6th generations and, under the management of Stefan and Christian Ganzoni (owners and boards of directors), has experienced all of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
In 1960, in collaboration with Dr Karl Sigg, the first medical compression stocking was developed. Today, as the world leader, SIGVARIS manufactures over nine million pairs of compression stockings in more than 30,000 variations for standing occupations through to personally tailored stockings, allowing people with venous disorders to live a better life. The specialised medical trade, doctors and hospitals are the main customers for their high-end products. At the heart of the international growth strategy are constant innovations building on the solid foundation of a more than 150-year success story.
Ueli Jost, CEO and Chairman of Veriset AG, Root, the largest Swiss kitchen manufacturer
CEO and Chairman Ueli Jost joined Veriset in 2000 as an external restructuring specialist. Three years later, he took over the company and developed it into the leading kitchen supplier in Switzerland. 3,000 furniture types and more than 100 different front designs can be combined to create any type of kitchen.
Thanks to his strong strategic focus and the introduction of a high level of automation in production using state-of-the-art laser technology, Ueli Jost has more than doubled turnover within a few years. Thanks to skilful acquisitions of companies, today Veriset covers the entire value chain around the kitchen. Fundamental values, sustainable management and highly valued employees lay the foundation for Veriset’s future growth and entrepreneurial success.
Fabio Ronga, CEO and co-founder of beqom SA, Nyon
Fabio Ronga (CEO and co-founder) and other founders of beqom discovered a major market gap in the field of enterprise software during their joint work at SAP: existing programmes cannot sufficiently support executives in determining and communicating employee compensation. This is essential for the founders of beqom. In addition to the fact that salaries are usually the biggest cost factor for a company, they see a good understanding of compensation management as a key factor in employee satisfaction.
The beqom cloud platform integrates seamlessly with ERP and other systems. This allows clear decisions on employee compensation relating to wages, bonuses, commissions, stock option plans or other additional benefits. Proportionate and fair remuneration, as well as transparent communication, are thus ensured.
With beqom strategically aligned with the world’s largest companies, the EasyPack solution has been in place since 2019, enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to address specific compensation management issues. This lays the foundation for further expansion. The first EasyPack addresses the problem of the gender pay gap.
Patrick Thévoz & Adrien Briod, Flyability SA, Paudex
When it becomes too dangerous for humans to enter complex and difficult-to-access environments as part of their work, Flyability’s flying industrial robots are deployed. Patrick Thévoz (co-founder and CEO) brings with him his technical background, as well as in-depth business knowledge, which he demonstrates impressively. In 2014, together with his cousin Adrien Briod (co-founder and CTO), he founded Flyability, which employs 85 people today.
The company develops industrial drones that can safely reach remote, confined and inaccessible spaces. The remote-controlled aircraft are mainly used in industrial plants or nuclear power plants due to cost savings and safety issues, but they are also deployed in police and fire-fighting operations. With a team of specialists, Flyability aims to become the market leader in the field of inspection robotics and remain one of the most innovative players in the drone market.
Dr Beat Curti honoured as “Master Entrepreneur”
With the “Master Entrepreneur” award, the Entrepreneur Of The Year jury has the opportunity to honour outstanding personalities for their life’s work. This year it is taking this opportunity again and granting the award to Dr Beat Curti.
The Swiss entrepreneur and investor, born in 1937, was initially heavily involved in media (including Beobachter and Jean Frey Publishing) and the retail trade (including Pick Pay, Prodega and Bon Appétit Group). Today, his focus is on digital opportunities (including Software One and Goldbach Media) and real estate; he is also an art collector and supports various institutions and foundations with his wife Regula Curti.
EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year™ programme is unique globally and has been established in more than 70 countries since its inauguration in 1986. In addition to the competition, the programme also includes various opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop their network and share the benefits of their experience. In total, more than 10,000 entrepreneurs apply for the title of Entrepreneur of the Year™. In the early summer of the following year, an independent jury, made up of all the national winners, selects the next EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™. This makes EY the only organization with an entrepreneurs’ competition on a global scale.
EY is supported in the Entrepreneur of the Year programme in Switzerland by Credit Suisse as program partner, as well as by AMAG, H. Moser & Cie., Die Mobiliar and SWISS as sponsors.
Model: Endeavour Centre Seconds Automatic
Reference 1200-0203, 18-carat white gold model, Midnight Blue fumé dial with yellow seconds hand, black alligator leather strap
18-carat white gold
Diameter: 40.0 mm, height: 10.7 mm
Sapphire crystal and see-through case-back
Crown adorned with an “M”
Midnight-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
Yellow seconds hand
HMC 200 automatic calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes, height: 5.5 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
Solid 18-carat gold oscillating weight engraved with the H. Moser hallmark
Power reserve: minimum 3 days
Original Straumann Hairspring® with flat overcoil
Finished with Moser stripes and diamond polishing
Hours and minutes
Hand-stitched black alligator leather
Solid 18-carat white gold pin buckle