The Advisory Circle, or Advisory Board, is comprised of accomplished professionals with extensive experience and expertise in various areas; they support Pleinert & Partner with advice as needed in projects.
Dr. Heiko Bailer – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Partner at Corepoint Capital AG; Previously Head Quantitative Solutions at Credit Suisse / Clariden Leu, Global Investment Solutions. Extensive experience in traditional and alternative financial markets across the globe.
Education: PhD in Statistics and Financial Engineering from the University of Washington
Languages: German and English, conversational French and Spanish.
Martin Bühler – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Managing Partner of expatpartners ag; extensive experience and expertise in international employee benefits, in Sales and Client Relationship Management for international insurance companies and brokers including acquisition and supervision of multinational companies in Switzerland and abroad.
Education: Master in Law from the University of Zurich, Federal Diploma as a Certified Financial Planning Expert.
Languages: German, English and French.
Arnaud Chabielski – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Senior Sales Manager with a focus in B2B Strategic Sales. Extensive experience in Sales, Business Development, Consulting and people management in international environments. Set-up a business unit of 26 people, starting from scratch, within a consulting company. Managed Global Accounts at American Express coordinating international teams over 4 continents.
Education: Master in Training & Consulting from Paris Dauphine University, Executive MBA from HEC Paris.
Languages: French and English, conversational German and Spanish.
Luc Gerardin – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Independent consultant with extensive experience in Supply Chain Management and Customer Relationship Management. He has lead numerous projects with an objective of efficiency, transformation or innovation. He has been working for international consulting firms for 10 years.
Education: Degrees from University Paris Dauphine and Cranfield University.
Languages: English and French.
Daniel Harbach – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Founder of Alexander-Experte Zurich, specialised in practical health education and health at the workplace. Executives and office workers seek out Daniel Harbach to improve their presentation skills, awareness and posture. Professional musicians and elite sports men and women come to improve their performance while reducing the risk of injury. Previous experience as a Consultant at McKinsey & Co., in UBS Training & Education and as a Freelance Consultant.
Education: Master in Management from the HEC Lausanne, Certified Teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique.
Languages: German, English, French and Italian.
James Macsay – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Independent Consultant with extensive experience in organizational development, HR and communication gained in the US, in Switzerland; previous experience working in Marketing Research, HR & Communications among other at GM Europe, and in Life Sciences and Medical Technology industries.
Education: Certificate in Organization & Systems and Development, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH; MA in Organization Development & Analytical Psychology, Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, Vermont, USA.
Languages: English and German.
Dr. Christine Huber Musahl - Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Technology Transfer Coordinator at Paul Scherrer Institut, a national Swiss Research Laboratory. Previous experience in executive search with a focus in the areas of Information Technology, Telecommunications, Life Sciences & Financial Services, as well as experience in international BioTech Companies in Business Development, Marketing, Sales and Customer Relationship Management.
Education: PhD in Molecular Genetics and Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Research projects at the University of Konstanz and the University Hospital of Zurich.
Languages: German, English, French
Riitta Hautala – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Independent Business Coach and HR Consultant. Experience of retail and financial sectors covering Human Resources Management and Development, HR processes, training, coaching, Manager development programs, Corporate Wellness Programs. As a coach gives support to clients in various career challenges: career planning, motivation to work, development of the resources needed at work as well as solving the complex situations of work place. Through coaching and training fosters a culture of well being for both the employees and the management.
Education: Master of Science from Turku School of Economics and Certified Progress Coach® from Coaching Institute Finland.
Languages Finnish and English.
Pirkko Hurme, M.A. (Psych.) – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Independent Consultant in the field of change management, leadership culture, team building, performance management, work roles. Extensive experience in the management of the redundancy process, as well as change communication inside organizations, management team building, workplace problem situations. Large corporate customers from industry, banking, insurance and multicultural technology industry. Previous professional experience as internal consultant in the Union bank of Finland. Prior experience as director of family guidance clinic in municipality. Clinical Psychologist, Organizational Development Consultant, Specialist in Psychotherapy, Psychodrama Director.
Languages: Finnish, English, Danish, Swedish.
Aleksi Litovaara – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Executive Coach, Professional ICF Certified Coach, ACC. Holistic approach with specialties in stress reduction, resources, strenghts, beliefs, success and optimal performance. Entrepreneur background with 20 years experiense in sales. Media and event productions, international olympic level athlete management, co-founder of Boardexpo tradeshow, half-pipe World Cup winner in snowboarding. Solution Focused Coach, Mindfulness Instructor, NLP Trainer, Public Speaker, Board Member of Finnish Coaching Society.
Languages: Finnish and English.
Alexander M. Selden, Dipl. Kfm. – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Independent Consultant, previous professional and entrepreneurial experience as the Managing Director of a Management Consulting boutique in Switzerland with a focus on business development, strategy, business modeling, restructuring, process reengineering, M&A, Due Diligence and pricing in various industries (Oil/Gas, Metal Industry, Automotive suppliers) and services providing companies, and prior experience in controlling and project management in industries and banking.
Education: Studies in Mining Engineering and Business Administration at RWTH-Aachen.
Languages: German, English.
Thomas Skipwith, MBA – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Founder and CEO of DESCUBRIS Training for Public Speaking. Since 2002. Expert in public speaking and presentation skills. Trainer, coach, speaker, and author. Previous experience as a business consultant in human performance and change management across industries, especially in financial services.
Education: MBA at University of St. Gall, Switzerland DTM Distinguished Toastmaster Seminars and conferences for public speaking in Europe and the US.
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish and basic skills in Mandarin Chinese.
Petteri Viljakainen – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Independent Consultant in the field of business law. He has extensive experience especially pertaining to Agreements, Labour Law, Competition Law, M&A and Corporation Law. He has worked as a Legal Counsel at the office of Ernst & Young in Helsinki for 12 years having clients from small and medium size companies to multinational conglomerates; has also worked at the Attorneys at Law office and in the office of the Finnish Competition Authority. Petteri is able to provide you with valuable legal information and strategic business advises if you are planning to expand your business into Finland or if you are already established here.
Languages: English and Finnish.
Katrin J. Yuan – Strategic Business Advisor
Experience: Senior Consultant for Digital Business, Founder of Klassik Portal Schweiz and Digital Lecturer. Customer passionate, highly engaged digital expert and results-driven professional with extensive knowledge in business development and management disciplines based on international certified standards, education and work experience in eight countries, Central Europe and Asia-Pacific. Expert for digital transformation and state-of-the-art technologies.
Education: Master of Economics from Université de Neuchâtel. Certified in ITIL, Togaf, Cobit, Prince2, Axure rapid prototyping and Carnegie.
Languages: English, German, French, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Turkish.