Eric Schinzel, date of birth 5 April 1959, occupied the position of Executive Vice President Controlling Consumer Goods Business at Daniel Swarovski Corporation AG in Männedorf until April 2017. As part of Swarovski’s global Consumer Goods Business management team, he was responsible for the Finance and Controlling department. Swarovski has 2,500 stores around the world, half of which are run under a franchise set-up. Added to this are some 7,000 multi-brand POS, at which Swarovski is very well positioned next to other global brands. In addition to his Executive MBA from the University of Zurich, Schinzel has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Financial Management Services and a Swiss Federal Diploma as an Expert in Accounting and Controlling. He speaks fluent English, Norwegian and Swedish.
Eric took early retirement at the end of April 2017. After an extended round-the-world trip by camper van and motorbike, he is now focusing on various projects in the non-profit sector. One important, time-intensive project he is involved with is EMBA Alumni UZH.
Schinzel enjoys spending his free time with his amateur chef colleagues, delighting in a variety of culinary and oenological highlights, and traveling all over Europe by motorbike with his friends. In addition, as a passionate vintage car aficionado, he can often be found working on his vehicles with his friends.
Marketing and Communications
Gabriela Ursprung has many years’ experience in retail. She currently works for Genossenschaft Migros Zürich as Head of Marketing Near-/Nonfood. In the summer of 2018, she will move to a different function within the same organization, where she will be responsible for Corporate Communications and Kulturprozent.
As a side job, Ursprung spent several years working as a presenter, editor and announcer on various TV shows on Tele Züri and Swiss Television.
She completed her Executive MBA at the University of Zurich in March 2017. In addition, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ), specializing in General Management.
An active member of EMBA Alumni UZH since her university days, Ursprung values the dialog with other graduates: “It is important to me to stay in touch with my former fellow students and other alumni. The professional work of the Alumni Board and the attractive annual program provide ideal conditions for this. Having been elected as a member of the Alumni Board, I look forward to being able to play my part in this well-functioning network.”
Dominik Hof, date of birth 15 August 1975, works as Head of Corporate IT at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), where he is responsible for the operation and expansion of the IT infrastructure, business applications and IT support for staff and students.
With some 12,000 students distributed among four operating cantons, the FHNW is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Prior to this role, he was employed in various positions at Credit Suisse and Axa Winterthur. Hof has a degree in computer science (Dipl. Ing. Informatik FH) and completed his Executive MBA at the University of Zurich in 2017.
He is interested in the latest trends in digitization and in the question of how organizations can become resource-optimized with the help of IT.
In his spare time, he can be found on golf courses in the summer and ski slopes in the winter.
Michael Dubach, date of birth 6 January 1977, is Regional Manager at the association Pro Zürcher Berggebiet and Managing Director of natürli-Zürioberland Tourismus. Nowadays, the Zürcher Oberland region – which is made up of parts of the cantons of Zurich, St. Gallen and Thurgau – is most famous for its diverse range of natürli-labeled regional products, its unspoiled countryside, its well-known companies and its attractive residential areas. Dubach united the various aspects of regional development under the umbrella brand natürli-Zürioberland and brought them all together in one office. Prior to this role, he worked as a business administration consultant, an occupational and adult education specialist and a project manager in the agricultural sector. He completed his Executive MBA at the University of Zurich in 2015. Dubach has a degree in agricultural economics (Dipl. Ing.-Agr.) from ETH Zurich and is a qualified teacher and adult education specialist.
He has a son and a daughter. In his spare time, he is a group leader for respiratory protection in the fire department and is on the board of the further education college Volkshochschule Mittelthurgau. Dubach can often be found in the outdoors with his family.
Martina Dimmler, date of birth 23 November 1982, has worked as Head of Group Controlling and Accounting at the Bucherer Group in Lucerne since 2018, a role in which she has global responsibility for the Controlling and Accounting departments.
The Bucherer Group generates annual sales of more than CHF 1 billion. Previously, she worked in various finance and controlling functions in industry at the companies Saurer and Sulzer. Ms. Dimmler has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of controlling, performance management, finance and administration, IT/ERP, SAP implementation, transfer pricing and process optimization.
In addition to her Executive MBA from the University of Zurich, she has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance and Controlling. Dimmler speaks fluent English and German.
In her free time, she loves traveling, skiing and enjoying a good meal and a glass of wine with her friends and family. She also exercises and plays sport regularly in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Francesco Nardi, date of birth 1 November 1977, is the owner and Managing Director of Nardi Asset Management & Consulting AG and the restaurant Chianalea in Zurich. Alongside these roles, in 2012 he also founded the Schnäggehüüsli playgroup for 2½ to 5-year-olds in Urdorf.
As a versatile entrepreneur, his work in various sectors has enabled him to expand his knowledge and gain experience. Finance, catering and education have little in common, but organizations in all three sectors have to be managed professionally and reliably in order to hold their own from an economic perspective. In return, this diversification gives Nardi a lot of variety and joy.
In addition to his Executive MBA from the University of Zurich, he has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Banking and Finance. Nardi speaks fluent German, Italian, English and French.
He likes to spend his spare time outdoors with his family. A passionate martial artist and boxing coach licensed by the Swiss Boxing Federation, he trains regularly and enjoys passing on his knowledge to those interested. Life is here to be enjoyed and to that end, he regularly treats himself to a good meal and a good wine with friends and family.
Marcel Rohrer, date of birth 16 July 1982, works as Head of Market Development and Services at BDO AG in Zurich. BDO is one of the leading auditing, fiduciary and consulting firms in Switzerland. With 33 locations, BDO Switzerland has the densest branch network in the sector and can also rely on the global BDO network, which is present in 154 countries, for international matters. After several years of working as an auditor, Marcel decided to focus on the further development of the company and the services offered. In addition to his Executive MBA from the University of Zurich, Rohrer is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He speaks fluent English and German.
In his free time, Rohrer works on the development of his own company rotatec GmbH, a manufacturer and distributor of rotating dental instruments, and enjoys a round of golf with his friends. For four weeks every year, he can also be found working in the military as a quartermaster in logistics brigade 1. In the time that remains, Rohrer enjoys a good meal and fine vintages with friends and family.
Dominique Froelicher works as Legal Counsel EAM at Bank Vontobel AG. Previously, she was responsible for national and international civil and criminal law cases at a major bank and conducted internal investigations. Froelicher is an attorney-at-law and completed her Executive MBA at the University of Zurich in 2018. She speaks fluent German, English, Italian and French.
Froelicher likes to spend her spare time outdoors, exercising and playing sport, and with her family, friends and horses.