Congrex Switzerland appoints new CEO following MD Pettet’s exit

Congrex Switzerland’s board of directors has appointed Julia Bicher as its new CEO, effective 18 December 2017. The appointment comes after the former MD Alain Pittet left the company to take on a new professional challenge.

“I am delighted to confirm Julia Bicher as Congrex Switzerland’s next CEO,” said Daniel Brändlin, chairman of the board.

“Julia is a great leader who has delivered already outstanding results as director of operations at our company. With a deep passion for the industry, Julia will continue to build on the success story of Congrex Switzerland, leading Congrex during this transformative period in the PCO industry.”

Bicher, 38, has spent most of her professional life in the MICE-industry and has been with the company for over 12 years. She participated in the management buyout in 2013 and has since been a partner and member of the management board.

“I will continue to transform the traditional PCO company based on logistical services to a true flourishing consultancy company in the area of association management, destination management and conference management, delivering expertise and exceptional customer service. Together with my colleagues from the management team, Sabine Adam, director of business development and key accounts, and Saskia Strahberger, director finance & HR, we have a true vision which brings a unique, human-centred leadership approach that will further drive the potential of our people and our business.”

Congrex Switzerland reports a successful 2017, a year in which several important multi-year contracts with new clients were signed and management predicts an “extremely positive” mid- to long-term future.



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