About / À propos
April 2007 – present
Partner, Rochat & Partners, PR & Corporate Communication Agency, Geneva, Switzerland.
As partner in one of the major PR & Corporate Communication Agency in Switzerland, in charge of business development, clients follow up and team management. Active in global public relations (issue management, crisis management, strategic counselling, IPO, internal communication, media relations, media training).
Rochat & Partners is member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), and of the European Association of Political Consultants.
Teaching at the Geneva University (Communication and International Affairs).
April 2003 – March 2007
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Lombard, Odier, Darier, Hentsch & Cie, Geneva, Switerland.
In charge of the daily management of the Communication Strategy of one of the worldwide leading private bank, Lombard, Odier, Darier, Hentsch & Cie, with SFR 115 bio. under assets, active in private banking, asset management and investment banking. Responsible for six different services (Marketing and Branding, Public Relations, Internet, Events, Internal Communication and Financial Publications), with 40 people to manage and a SFR 15 mio. budget p.a. Acting as a communicator, an adviser to the CEO and the Board, a facilitator and a leader.
In charge of creating, driving and providing communication expertise, content and tools (solution approach) to LODH’s different partners and targets: media, clients and prospects, external agencies, financial community, partners and employees; of supporting the LODH vision, its brand, its culture, its projects and its achievements both internaly (crossfunctional level) and worldwide; of representing the interests of LODH in the community and international business arenas; of setting up the LODH Communication Strategy with identified objectives, targets, content and media vehicules.
December 2000 – March 2003
Director of Communication Services, Corporate Communications, Serono International, Geneva, Switzerland.
In charge of the daily management of Communication Services of one of the world leading biotechnology company (2001 revenues of USD 1,3 billion), active in three major therapeutic areas: reproductive health, neurology, growth and metabolism.
Reporting to the CEO, Ernesto Bertarelli.
In charge of: the worldwide coordination and monitoring of Internet and Intranet (4,500 employees) strategy, Sponsoring activities, Corporate Responsibility Strategy, Branding, PR, Speechwriting for the CEO, Events, Political networking, and of the Executive Management of the Bertarelli Foundation, a not-for-profit private Foundation. Office: ten people.
April 1995 – November 2000
Head of protocol of the Republic and Canton of Geneva,Geneva, Switzerland
Acting as Ambassador of the State of Geneva to the inter-national community (some 30’000 members, among them ambassadors, diplomats and international civil servants).
Responsible for the Office of Protocol (Division of the Chancellery), comprising an office of six people and a budget of SFR 2 mio. p.a. Reporting to the Government of the Republic and canton of Geneva, including police authorities.
In charge of liaison with international governmental and non governmental organizations established in Geneva, permanent missions accredited to the United Nations Office in Geneva, and the consular corps. In charge of the preparation of official visits of foreign Heads of State to Geneva.,
April 1990 – March 1995
Foreign editor with “Le Journal de Genève”, Geneva, Switzerland.
Author of some 600 articles and editorials on international affairs and sport, post-communism in former Soviet Union and East Europe, European integration, the war in Yugoslavia, the Gulf war, third world, environment and development.
Reports written in former Yugoslavia (Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb), Denmark (Maastricht), Sweden and Finland (European Union), France (Europe of regions), Israel (occupied territories), in the Gulf (Bagdad, Kuweit, Ryad), Senegal (development project) and Nicaragua (liberation theology), Soccer World Cup 1990 and 1994.
Interviews of different personalities. Daily monitoring of a network of foreign correspondents (sixty), based on current news and special events.