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Inspiring Innovation And International Expansion Celebrated At 2015 Tell Awards

Bristol Myers Squibb, Fossil Group and Zimmer among the major multinational companies recognized by Switzerland Global Enterprise at 2015 Tell Awards

Switzerland Global Enterprise, the official trade and investment body of the Swiss government, celebrated the winners of the 2015 Tell Awards.

First presented in 2004, the Tell Awards program recognizes companies that boldly accept the risks and rewards that come with international expansion and demonstrate success with operations in Switzerland. Honorees at the 2015 Tell Awards, which will be presented by Ambassador Andre Schaller, Consul General of Switzerland in New York, include Bristol Myers Squibb, Fossil Group and Zimmer.

The 2015 Tell Awards are a major event for international businesses with a presence in Switzerland and Europe in general because the companies recognized come from the largest sectors in the region: Pharmaceutical/biotechnology, ICT, MEM and Cleantech.

“We could not be more pleased with the 2015 Tell Award honorees,” noted Daniel Küng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise. “Their ability to remove the risk from international expansion and thrive in our challenging global economy is deserving of recognition.”

Daniel Bangser, Director North America, Investment Promotion, shared the sentiment and highlighted key points about each of the winners.

“On one end of the spectrum, you have a company like Zimmer – an employer of over 1000 people – that has seen the business value of establishing an EMEA headquarters in Switzerland. On the other end of the spectrum, you have a company like Bristol-Myers Squibb where they have heavily invested in their people & culture and grew & diversified the employee base and skillset , now located in their new offices in Zug, hosting 150 employees representing 23 nationalities.”
The Tell Awards also recognizes companies that make significant investments in the name of innovation and business growth.

Fossil is a great example of a company that has been successful in Switzerland since they launched their European Headquarters in Basel in 2004. Recently, they have made major commitments to growth with plans to open a new EMEA Headquarters in 2016, along with two new production sites and a design and development center already established in the past year. This growth is only possible when three things happen – the workforce is present, the business and political environment welcomes it, and the company leadership makes the right decision to invest in the opportunities presented,” noted Bangser.

In addition to the Tell Awards, Switzerland Global Enterprise also partnered with Bloomberg hosting a panel discussion titled “Inspiring Innovation.” Participants will be tackling several topics, including disruptive innovation and strategies to fuel growth, and the insights established industries can learn from startups as they explore new lines of business.
The European American Chamber, UBS and KPMG were supporting sponsors of the program.


About Switzerland Global Enterprise
Switzerland Global Enterprise was founded as a non-profit association in Lausanne in 1927. It informs, advises and guides SMEs from Switzerland and Liechtenstein in their international business ventures. It links companies, experts and private and public organizations around the world, thus facilitating efficient promotion of foreign trade. Apart from export promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise has also been responsible for promoting business investment in Switzerland abroad since the beginning of 2008, as well as for promoting imports from selected developing and transition countries. In addition, Switzerland Global Enterprise runs 21 Swiss Business Hubs abroad, most of which are based in Swiss embassies.

The Consul General of Switzerland & the Swiss Investment Promotion Agency are members of the EACCNY.