TEAM

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Dr. Emile de Rijk

CEO and board member

Emile is a passionate physicist and entrepreneur in the field of Additive Manufacturing and Radio Frequency applications. He co-founded SWISSto12 and serves as its CEO. Emile contributed to the technological inventions behind the company’s products and has helped the company in its growth from an early stage startup to a successfully growing business with international clients and partners.

Emile obtained a PhD in Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne (Switzerland) after obtaining his MSc in Physics at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and his his BSc in Physics at EPFL.

Jean-Marie Jacquet

COO

Jean-Marie joined SWISSto12 in 2017 as its COO with a focus on boosting the company’s operational and industrial production capacity. Jean-Marie has a background in R&D, production and site management. His experience comes from the surface treatment industry applied to automobile and electronics applications. Prior to joining SWISSto12, Jean-Marie held different positions in site management and R&D for Oerlikon, Sulzer, Bekaert and Philips.

Jean-Marie holds an MSc in Materials Science from the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Nadia Macor

CAO

Nadia joined SWISSto12 as the company was founded and served in a financial management role ever since. Nadia's expertise includes project management, financial management and accounting. Before joining SWISSto12, Nadia worked as financial manager of a major laboratory (150 co-workers) within the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, (Switzerland) with responsibility for the full financial and operational management of large international research contracts such as EURATOM. Before joining EPFL, Nadia worked as Financial Assistant in various banks including UBS in Switzerland and in the United States as well as an accountant in industry.

Nadia obtained her Certificate in Project Management from the International Project Management Association in 2007 and her "All Round" Diploma of Banking Generalist from UBS and the Swiss Banking Association in 1998.

Nicolas Gamard

CFO

Nicolas joined SWISSto12 in 2019 as its CFO, supporting the company in achieving its ambitious growth plans in the aerospace sector. An entrepreneur at heart, Nicolas spent most of his professional career developing and growing technology businesses, in B2B software as well as other high-tech sectors. His core areas of interests in this space include strategy, fundraising, operations and finance. Before that, Nicolas gained valuable experience in corporate finance (accounting, audit, financial analysis) at Procter & Gamble and Scottish and Newcastle.

Nicolas received a BSc. of Commerce in Management from the Concordia University in Montreal in 2004, and an MSc. in Finance from the EDHEC Business School in France in 2005.

BOARD

Roland Loos

Chairman

Roland Loos started his career at the Swiss PTT satellite department as satellite project manager. In 2004 he was one of the 3 co-founders of NewSat Communications and was instrumental in the development of the company from a start-up to a well respected satellite communications provider to major oil and gas companies. From 2006 on, he created and ran whole owned subsidiaries of NewSat in most major oil-producing countries in Africa. In 2013 he lead the due diligence process and successful merger of NewSat with ITC global. He became the COO and president of the combined ITC structure and was responsible for the overall development and operations of ITC global's world-class network infrastructure. He also oversaw the company's Swiss based legal entity and travelled extensively to manage the international affiliates around the world. In 2015 he was part of the team that managed the very successful sale of ITC global to Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC).

Following this latest transaction, he has now left ITC global to develop new activities around the world and support young companies in their development.

Roland holds a MSc in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne (Switzerland)

Philipp Thurn und Taxis

Board member

Philipp is Founder and Managing Director at Constantia New Business (CNB), lead investor at Swissto12. CNB invests hands-on in young, dynamic, innovative companies across Europe. It takes equity stakes with a long-term perspective to value creation.

Before CNB, Philipp gained many years of international experience as consultant, manager and entrepreneur in the software and telecommunications industries. Amongst others, he served as Executive Board member at Efkon and as VP Corporate Development at SAP. Philipp holds a Master of Law from the University of Vienna and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Nils Granath

Board member

Nils is Investment Director at Swisscanto Private Equity and Member of Senior Management at Zürcher Kantonalbank. Swisscanto Private Equity invests primarily into Swiss growth companies in the expansion phase. Over the last 14 years Zürcher Kantonalbank has established itself as one of the most active investors in Swiss venture and growth companies with investments in over 200 companies.

He holds over 10 years of experience as growth investor in and board member of disruptive technology companies from start-ups scaling up to US$150+ million turnover.

Nils holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University and ENSAM in Paris as well as an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Dr. Emile de Rijk

CEO and Board member

Emile is a passionate physicist and entrepreneur in the field of Additive Manufacturing and Radio Frequency applications. He co-founded SWISSto12 and serves as its CEO. Emile contributed to the technological inventions behind the company’s products and has helped the company in its growth from an early stage startup to a successfully growing business with international clients and partners.

Emile obtained a PhD in Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne (Switzerland) after obtaining his MSc in Physics at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and his his BSc in Physics at EPFL.