Egger arrives – passing the torch on the myclimate Foundation Board

26. June 2015

Urs Egger becomes the new President of the myclimate Foundation Board. The Zurich-based agricultural scientist was officially introduced at the myclimate Summer Celebration. He is succeeding Giatgen-Peder Fontana, who has resigned from his role on the myclimate Foundation Board.

myclimate Foundation Board, Urs egger, Giatgen-Peder Fontana, Simon Lehmann

from left: René Estermann, CEO myclimate; Simon Lehmann; Giatgen-Peder Fontana; Urs Egger (photo by Joana Fux, joanafux.com)

Urs Egger is a professor at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences and already has a long career in research, development cooperation and business behind him. He has been politically active for many years as whip for the FDP in the canton of Zurich and as a district councillor, and given his former roles as President of the City of Zurich Football Association and of FC Seefeld he will also bring the sporting spirit to myclimate. “myclimate’s private-industry approach is one of the secrets to the foundation’s success. Despite all of the achievements to date, the path to effective climate protection is still a long one. I want to help move successfully forward along this path of voluntary commitment,” said the new President of the myclimate Foundation Board.

This marks the end of an era: Dr Giatgen-Peder Fontana officially passed the torch to his successor at the myclimate summer celebration on 18 June. Fontana stepped down from his long term as President of the Foundation Board at myclimate. The renowned Swiss businessman helped to shape myclimate from its very first days. After making significant contributions to founding the private initiative CliPP, he has been active in the Foundation Board since the fusion with myclimate. In 2011 he was named President of the steering committee. In his witty farewell address, he gave myclimate the advice, “not to rest on its laurels, but to continue being innovative and forward-looking and above all to continue pursuing the goal of effective climate protection.”

On the same evening, Simon Lehmann was introduced as a member of the Foundation Board. Simon Lehmann (43) is CEO of Biketec AG in Huttwil. Before that, he was CEO of the Hotelplan subsidiary Interhome for eight years. Over the course of his career, Lehmann made a name for himself as an online expert for the travel industry in Switzerland and beyond. With his broad business background and his commercial and online expertise, Lehmann brings valuable skills to the myclimate Foundation Board.

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