An aviation employee with an Executive MBA, Urs Brütsch joined the newly founded and listed Flughafen Zürich AG in 2000 as a member of the management team after many years of experience in the aviation, tourism and hotel industries. He was Head of the Cargo Infrastructure respectively Utilization Planning department in Real Estate Management and was thereafter responsible for Zurich Airport’s marketing strategy, which was developed entirely from scratch. His new and creative approaches received various industry awards and led to a sustainable positioning of Zurich Airport at both national and international level. From 2008, Urs managed all international activities of Flughafen Zürich AG with board mandates in foreign subsidiaries.
Urs’ backpack is richly filled with experience from complex problems in the environment of start-ups, SMEs, cooperatives, foundations up to listed companies. He has developed internationally recognized partnerships and alliances from scratch, with the goal of sustainable solutions in a strategically sensible cost-benefit ratio. He was also heavily involved in managing the Swiss aviation crisis following the grounding of the home carrier.
Urs has profound experience in the service sector at the interface between the private and public sectors and is familiar with topics such as business formation, strategy development, organization, international positioning, marketing, (crisis) communication, stakeholder management, interdisciplinary project management as well as site and infrastructure development.
Today, Urs is an independent entrepreneur and member of the SwissBoardForum. From 2014 until the cancellation of the project by the Federal Council, he was in charge of the management of Flugplatz Dübendorf AG on a mandate basis as well as the project management for the conversion of the military airfield Dübendorf into a civil airfield with a federal base, which was originally envisaged by the federal government.
Consistent focus on customer needs, high demands on the quality of the services provided combined with trust-building employee management are the credo of the passionate alphorn player and member of a big band.