Professional guidance to reach new horizons

About Zufferey Partner AG

In 2018, I started my own consulting activities through the creation of Zufferey Partner AG.

I had been deliberating on how best to make use of over 20 years in senior and executive management, almost 20 years in executive search and assessment and over 20 years as a non-executive director in public and private companies.

The decision to create my own firm was triggered by my aspiration to put that experience and know-how at the service of clients as their personal partner of trust.  They will thus get what they see.

I serve publicly listed and privately owned companies, family businesses and entrepreneurs. I do so across various business sectors, , with a focus on financial services, industry, consumer goods, public service, hospitality and media areas.

The scope of my consultancy is to provide clients with effective advice, guidance, support or help in leadership issues. I do this with a holistic approach which includes strategic, operational and financial considerations, but also reflects culture and values.

In addition, I continue to serve a number of companies or institutions as a non-executive director.

Professional guidance to reach new heights


Improve leadership and its impact

People are the ultimate success factor in any company, institution or organization.

And, first and foremost among them, leaders.

Leadership is thus of the essence. It is also more multi-facetted than ever.

I have always been passionate about leadership. It has kept me busy since the age of 20. It will do so for many years to come.

My expertise and experience in leadership are underpinned by my own core values. These include honesty, transparency, trust, respect, sensitivity, independence of judgment, a no-nonsense mindset, a passion for relationships and, topping all of them, personal integrity and responsibility.

As a consequence, I always dedicate myself to the full to each single client and assignment. I do not engage in client work that I cannot execute effectively in a customized and personalized way.

Professional guidance to reach new fields


Board and Executive Search

Research, assessment and development of external and internal candidates on an assignment-specific basis alongside a thorough client need analysis and Job & Candidate Specification, a clear search strategy, a systematic identification and sourcing of prospects and a careful evaluation of candidates fully matching the client requirements.

So far in my career I have executed over 600 search assignments, with one single mission failure.

Board Consulting and Directorship

Board Directorship
Engagement as a Board member with an expertise focus on business strategy and model, finance, operational efficiency, leadership and governance, talent management and remuneration systems.

Board Evaluation
Board effectiveness assessment pertaining to board roles, responsibilities, composition, operational functioning, experience and culture and – if required – benchmarking against best practices.

Board Succession Planning
Board composition review and planning for board composition development and succession.

Board Member Recruitment
Assessment of needs, candidate search and assessment.

Leadership Assessment

Individual Assessment
Assessment of individuals based on a detailed competency- based interview, thorough third-party sourcing and in-depth reference checking.

Team Effectiveness Review
Assessment of executive teams including roles, responsibilities, experience, collaboration and interaction, atmosphere, culture, values and performance.

Leadership Crisis Management
Assessment and advice pertaining to crisis resolution in governance bodies and executive or management teams.

Cultural Change Management
Assistance in elaborating and implementing cultural change agendas in corporate companies, public service organizations and other types of institutions.

Executive Coaching

Private and highly personalized coaching for executives on any question of leadership, strategy, governance, management or personal issues.

Objectives and Impact
Based on the psycho-dynamic systems methodology and certified ICC-INSEAD, my coaching helps clients – individuals and organizations – unlock their performance potential at work and in life. It supports clients in raising their interpersonal, social and emotional awareness, in daring to do things differently with more confidence and agility when adapting, changing or innovating within the circumstances governing their own self and their professional environment.

Professional guidance to reach new excellence


Professional Experience

2018-today Zufferey Partner AG
Founder and Managing Partner
2001-2018 Spencer Stuart
Managing partner Switzerland, 2009-2016
1998-2001 Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
Chief Executive Officer
1987-1998 UBS Group

1994-1998 Chief of Staff, Global Resources & Management Support Division, Zürich
1991-1993 CEO Investment Banking Germany, Frankfurt
1989-1990 Head CEO Office, Global Investment Banking, Zürich
1987-1989 Associate, Global Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, Zürich, London, New York
1984-1986 University of Zürich
Assistant in Medieval History

Non-Executive Roles


Board member, 2015-2023

Chairman, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Member, Audit Committee


Board member, 2014-2020

Member, Audit Committee

Grand Casino Luzern Board member, 2011-2024
Member, Audit Committee, since 2015
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Board member, 2004-2008
(Aryzta since 2008)
Board member, 2001-2011
Member Audit Committee


INSEAD Executive Coaching Certificate, 2018-2019
London School of Economics Directors Forum for board members, 2016
The Wharton School Advanced Management Program, 1995
University of Lausanne Master in law (lic. iur.), 1986
University of Zürich Ph.D. in Medieval History, 1985
Master in Human Sciences (lic.phil. I), 1983

Personal Information

  • Former deputy regiment commander, former battalion commander, elite alpine infantry, Swiss Army. Over 1’250 days of service in the army
  • Commune de Givrins, Chair, financial commission 2005-2008
  • Former ski professor, music bandleader and soloist

Professional guidance to reach new goals


Zufferey Partner AG

T +41(0)21 824 23 02
M +41(0)79 458 47 50

Zufferey Partner AG
CH-6330 Cham