In Stephen Neff, the Foundation Board has chosen an experienced manager with a strong technology background as the new Managing Director of myclimate. Up until the beginning of 2018 he was Managing Director of the Swiss cleantech company and EPFL spin-off Neurobat AG, a solution provider for the reduction of CO₂ emissions produced from the heating and cooling of buildings. In that role, Stephen Neff built up successful business relationships with major Swiss companies, as well as institutions and federal government programmes. Prior to that, he spent eight years managing Pewatron AG in Zurich, a specialist and reseller for sensors, power supply systems and electrical components. During this time, he repositioned the company and took it into a phase of strong growth. At Wetzikon-based technology company Legic Identsystems AG, where he held the role of Vice President Sales and Marketing from 2000, one of his many achievements was to build up the organisation in various markets, including China.
Stephen Neff studied electrical engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, Canada. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. In his free time, the new Managing Director’s passions include diving, and he puts his skills to good use helping a local NGO to preserve reef systems around Madagascar. Stephen Neff, who has dual Swiss and Canadian nationality, joins the Foundation on 1 September as successor to René Estermann, who stepped down in June 2018.
Next stage of development
“myclimate boasts a strong foundation as an organisation and impressive services in the areas of CO₂ compensation, education and consultancy. I look forward to working with the team so we can take myclimate into the next phase of growth together. More than ever, myclimate’s mission to limit global warming is crucial for a sustainable future, and as Managing Director of this marvellous organisation, with its passionate commitment to its customers, partners and employees, I will work hard to ensure such a successful future”, says Stephen Neff.
“myclimate faces the challenge of continuing existing business as successfully as ever, and at the same time bringing new solutions and offers to the market for the era of the 'Paris Agreement'. For this, it takes an agile and efficient organisation. We are delighted that in Stephen Neff we have brought on board a successful manager with international experience and technical understanding for this stage of development”, says Urs Egger, President of the myclimate Foundation Board.