Sparring partner for corporate governance – building bridges between stakeholders to shape the future

Overview

It is becoming more complex for investors, boards of directors, and executive management to stay agile in the market and navigate their organizations through uncertain and dynamic times. Today, tried-and-tested business models are suddenly disrupted, markets and competition are becoming more digital and global, and the interests of various stakeholders often diverge.

Good corporate governance becomes increasingly important for building trust. It is not only important what companies do but also how and why they do it. Company culture, in particular the tone at the top, strongly influences governance to maximize performance excellence, to mitigate risks, and to take advantage of opportunities.

At 2bridge, we act as an independent sparring partner for medium to large listed and family-owned companies. Our services build on over 20 years of international experience, insights and leadership. We support investors, boards of directors and executive management to tailor their organizations’ corporate governance to the changing environment and to stay fit for the future.

“You can either react to change, embrace change or create change”

Bobby Umar
Leadership speaker

Our services

Today’s rapidly changing environment requires companies to adjust their corporate governance to stay agile for the future. 2bridge supports investors, board members and executive management to address questions such as:

  • How do the rapidly changing market conditions influence the appropriate governance of your organization?
  • How do we bridge differences and align the interests of various stakeholders in the best interest of the company?
  • What competences and diversity do the board of directors and management team need to be ready for the future?
  • Are board oversight and executive management engagement robust enough to ensure compliance is upheld and risks minimized, particularly around new risks like cybercrime?

We support companies in tailoring and realizing benefits of good corporate governance to:

  • build trust and strengthen their reputation with all stakeholders
  • ensure appropriate checks and balances are in place to mitigate risks and take advantage of opportunities
  • increase transparency
  • improve efficiency

2bridge strives for continuous improvement and thought leadership in corporate governance, and our services include:

  • acting as an independent sparring partner for investors, board members and executive management
  • board memberships in listed and privately held companies
  • lectures and workshops

We focus on medium to large listed and family-owned companies in industries we are passionate about and where we have extensive international experience, namely:

  • technology
  • retail and consumer
  • wholesale
  • industrial production
  • professional services

“My years in the Silicon Valley have taught me the value of vision, hard work, resilience and diversity to stay agile for the future“

Cornelia Ritz Bossicard
Managing Partner

About us

Cornelia Ritz Bossicard

Cornelia Ritz Bossicard is the founder and owner of 2bridge AG. She serves on a variety of Boards of multinational companies, including Valora Holding AG, Ferguson Finance (Switzerland) AG and Confiseur Läderach Holding AG. She is the president of swissVR, one of the leading associations for Swiss Board members and presides the Board of the Swiss-American Society. Further, she is the president of the foundation board of the Cäsar Ritz Foundation Niederwald and a guest lecturer at various business schools.

Prior to founding 2bridge AG, Cornelia Ritz Bossicard had worked as an audit director and senior advisor with one of the Big Four accounting firms, both in Switzerland and the Silicon Valley, USA. Cornelia has over 24 years of international experience as Director and senior advisor to executives and board members of companies ranging from start-ups to multibillion-dollar multinationals in the technology, industrial products, retail and consumer, wholesale, and professional services industries. She has lived and worked in Switzerland, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Her educational background includes studying Business Administration at HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and obtaining a Master of Science in Business Administration. In addition, she is qualified as both a Swiss Certified Accountant and a US Certified Public Accountant. She regularly attends board of directors training and continuing education at various business schools. She is fluent in German (mother tongue), English, and French, and she also speaks Italian.

Our values

At 2bridge we value

  • Teamwork: The best solutions come from working together as a team. Effective teamwork requires respect, sharing, and accountability.
  • Leadership: Motivated people lead organizations to their success. Leadership demands vision, resilience, and integrity.
  • Agility: Staying agile in uncertain and dynamic times is key to success. Diversity, hard work, and continuous learning are key to staying agile for the future.

Network

Being connected is important for our clients and us. That’s the reason 2bridge collaborates with a strong network of highly experienced experts and why we are members of a number of associations and organizations, including:

”The most dangerous phrase in the language is, 'We’ve always done it this way'“

Grace Hopper
Inventor of the first compiler for a computer programming language

News

Publications

Here is a selection of publications by, with, or about 2bridge and Cornelia Ritz Bossicard.

2019

Swiss-American Society, Zurich - 100 Years of History and Still Going Strong, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Yearbook 2019/2020

Swiss boards pressing ahead with digitalisation – high costs and ethical issues though pose challenges, swissVR, Deloitte, HSLU, August 2019

Verwaltungsräte als Treiber der Digitalisierung, Organisator, August 2019

Les conseils d'administration investissent dans la numérisation au détriment des profits, AGEFI, August 2019

Interview mit Loomion über swissVR, swissVR Monitor und die Hauptthemen für swissVR in 2019, Board-Portal-Software.de, July 2019 

The challenges of digitalisation and the board's role in fostering change management, Sherpany Insights, July 2019

Unternehmenskultur als Erfolgsfaktor / Corporate culture as a success factor, The Reporting Times N°14, Mai 2019

Offene Unternehmenskultur ist für Verwaltungsräte wichtiger für den Erfolg als Compliance und Risikomanagement, Organisator, Februar 2019

Digitalisierung ist Top-Thema der Schweizer Verwaltungsräte, netzwoche, Februar 2019

Warum Unternehmenskultur zählt: Für Verwaltungsräte hat das Thema grosse Bedeutung - als Wettbewerbsvorteil und als Erfolgsfaktor / Why corporate culture matters, Finanz und Wirtschaft, Februar 2019

Warum Sie digitale Kompetenz im Verwaltungsrat dringend brauchen, InnoActvide, Januar 2019


2018

Non-executive directors – responsibility means trusting and questioning, PwC Disclose September 2018

Verwaltungsräte – Verantworten heisst vertrauen und hinterfragen, PwC Disclose September 2018

Les administrateurs – la responsabilité repose sur la confiance et la remise en question, PwC Disclose September 2018

Verwaltungsräte erhalten Lohn meist als Pauschale, swissVR, Deloitte, HSLU, 26. August 2018 

Cornelia Ritz Bossicard, President of swissVR, comments in the Sonntagszeitung on collective failures on the boards of directors, Sonntagszeitung, 1. Juli 2018


2017

Finance Monthly speaks to Cornelia Ritz Bossicard about her company 2bridge AG and current trends in corporate governance, finance-monthly.com, November 2017 Edition 

Die einsamen Präsidentinnen, Sonntagszeitung, 10 September 2017 

In welchen Firmen Frauen im Verwaltungsrat sitzen, Tagesanzeiger, 9 September 2017 

En Suisse, seules 5% de femmes sont présidentes d'un conseil d'administriation, Le Matin Dimanche, 10 September 2017

Speeches & Workshops (upcoming events)

EXPERTsuisse

Seminar Leistung und Entgelt des Verwaltungsrats: Fettnäpfchen und Stolperfallen in Bezug auf Sozialversicherungen und Steuern, Dezember 2019

Seminar Aktuelle Themen zum Internen Audit: Anforderungen an die Interne Revision seitens einer modernen Corporate Governance / Internal Audit, November 2019


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen IFZ

Fachrat CAS Verwaltungsrat / Member of Advisory Council CAS Board of Directors, ongoing

Einführungsseminar für Verwaltungsräte: Erfolgreiche Arbeit im Verwaltungsrat - Tipps für die Verwaltungsratstätigkeit / Board effectiveness, September 2019


University of St. Gallen (HSG)

Strategische Geschäftsführung für CEOs und Verwaltungsräte: Entwicklungen und zukünftige Herausforderungen als Verwaltungsrat / Developments and future challenges for Board of Directors, Juni 2020


ZfU - Zentrum für Unternehmensführung, International Business School (ZfU)

Das Verwaltungsrats-Seminar Advanced: Strategische Neuausrichtungen / Strategic Transformations, November 2019

swissVR Monitor

The swissVR Monitor is a survey conducted jointly by swissVR, Deloitte and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The bi-yearly survey gauges the attitudes of nearly 400 board members in Switzerland towards current matters of relevance to boards. The findings are an accurate reflection of their attitudes to the economy and the outlook for business and relevant areas of their own role. 


swissVR Monitor II/2019: More agile but more complex: the impact of digitalisation on boards and companies

Digitalisation is a priority topic for the boards of directors in Swiss companies: More than four out of five board members see opportunities to create new business and increase sales. However, substantially more than half of them state that they are spending a lot of money on digital transformation, which is reducing profitability. The new edition of swissVR Monitor clearly shows that the digitalisation of organisations is being driven from the top. Nonetheless, one third of the board members surveyed feel that progress was too slow, and four out of five of them feel they lack the relevant know-how. Board members also believe that digitalisation elicits an elevated security risk such as cyber-attacks. Whether boards pay enough attention to the ethical questions of digitalisation is debatable.

swissVR Monitor II/2019 is available in English and German


swissVR Monitor I/2019: Corporate culture as a competitive advantage

A strong and open corporate culture is more than just a competitive advantage: Swiss board members view it as one of the key drivers of business success. According to the latest swissVR Monitor, they rate culture among their top 10 issues to watch – even placing it above compliance and risk management. As they themselves are not involved in the day-to-day business, board members primarily rely on employee surveys and site visits to help them evaluate the culture within their own company. According to the swissVR Monitor survey, the behaviour and communication style at top management level has the biggest impact on corporate culture – for better or for worse.

swissVR Monitor I/2019 is available in English and German


swissVR Monitor II/2018: Remuneration of Board members 

Two-thirds of Board members believe that the time they spend on their mandate is a key criterion for determining their remuneration. And, just under half believe that the scope of the responsibility and the risk they take should play a part in determining their remuneration. The findings of swissVR Monitor II/2018 also show that there is wide variation between Board members in both time commitment and remuneration.

The most important results of this swissVR Monitor are discussed by Cornelia Ritz Bossicard, President of swissVR, and Reto Savoia, Deputy CEO of Deloitte Switzerland in this video.

swissVR Monitor II/2018 is available in English and German


Previous swissVR Monitors are available on the swissVR website.

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SIX Exchange Regulation

SIX Exchange Regulation on Corporate Governance, Mai 2018

Issuers of equity securities with their primary or main listing on the SIX Exchange must provide in their annual reports specific information on management and control at the highest level of the company (corporate governance). The information to be published can be found in the Directive Corporate Governance (DCG).

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Swiss Code of Best Practice

Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance, February 2016

The Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance (Swiss Code) was updated by economiesuisse in February 2016.
The Swiss Code addresses the situation in Switzerland with its characteristic mixture of large, medium and small public limited companies. The Swiss Code is intended as a list of recommendations using the “comply or explain” principle for Swiss public limited companies and may also serve as guidance to private companies.
Corporate Governance is regarded as a guiding principle and encompasses all of the principles aimed at safeguarding sustainable company interests. While maintaining decision-making capability and efficiency at the highest level of a company, these principles are intended to guarantee transparency and a healthy balance of management and control.

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OECD Principles

OECD Principles of Corporate Governance endorsed by G20, November 2015

The OECD Principles of Corporate Governance are recognized worldwide as an international benchmark for good corporate governance. The G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance were endorsed at the G20 Leaders Summit in November 2015.
Good corporate governance is not an end in itself. It is a means to support economic efficiency, sustainable growth, and financial stability. It facilitates companies' access to capital for long-term investment and helps ensure that shareholders and other stakeholders who contribute to the success of the corporation are treated fairly.

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Speeches & Workshops (past events)

EY

"Growing on the path to leadership" - women's power-lunch keynote


Fabrikgespräch maxon motor AG

Fabrikgespräch: Führung in der digitalen Welt: was tun - was lassen

Der Mensch im digitalen Zeitalter, seniorweb.ch, Februar 2019


Grass & Partner, Zurich

Grass Lunch-Event: Einblicke in die Karriere einer Verwaltungsrätin


IMD Alumni Club of Switzerland, Zurich

Panel discussion on "Being/becoming a board member: chances, risks and opportunities"


International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)

ICGN Annual Conference Milan June 2018: Panel discussion on "Fiduciary duty in challenging times"


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen IFZ

Einführungsseminar für Verwaltungsräte: Erfolgreiche Arbeit im Verwaltungsrat - Tipps für die Verwaltungsratstätigkeit / Board effectiveness

Seminar für Sekretäre des Verwaltungsrates: Arbeitsweise und Wirksamkeit von Audit Committees / Audit Committee effectiveness

Executive MBA: Corporate Governance


PwC 

Corporate Reporting event: Corporate reporting: the role and the view of the board of directors


University of St. Gallen (HSG)

Strategische Geschäftsführung für CEOs und Verwaltungsräte: Entwicklungen und zukünftige Herausforderungen als Verwaltungsrat / Developments and future challenges for Board of Directors


VR-Symposium, Schweizerisches Institut für Klein- und Mittelunternehmen an der Universität St. Gallen (KMU-HSG) und OBT 

VR-Symposium 2018: Der Verwaltungsrat als Orchester, der Verwaltungsratspräsident als Dirigent / the board of directors as orchestra, the chair of the board as conductor, September 2018

”Don't find fault,
find a remedy“

Henry Ford
Industrialist

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