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Tom Kleiber to become Managing Director of the SWITCH Foundation

Tom Kleiber will succeed Andreas Dudler, who is stepping down after nine years as Managing Director of SWITCH and retiring at the end of 2021. Tom Kleiber will take up his new post on 1 January 2021.

Press release, Zurich, 5 June 2020

Tom Kleiber has devoted himself to the ICT industry and the education community for 30 years. As an entrepreneur and digitalisation consultant, he is currently the CEO and founding member of Zetamind AG, where he advocates for responsible data handling. Prior to this, he held various leadership positions in large corporations such as Siemens, Alcatel and, most recently, as a member of the Management Board of Microsoft Switzerland. He managed the ICT service provider connectis AG and its 350 employees in his role as CEO.

Tom Kleiber holds diplomas in Electrical Engineering (University of Applied Sciences) and Industrial Engineering. The 53-year-old also has a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics from the University of Zurich. ‘I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at SWITCH to support the digitalisation of the Swiss education community with innovative solutions,’ says Tom Kleiber to his new role.

The SWITCH Foundation Council elected Tom Kleiber as Andreas Dudler’s successor at its meeting on 4 June 2020. Chairman of the Foundation Council Peter Kofmel is also pleased at the election results. ‘Tom Kleiber brings with him not only profound knowledge of the ICT and educational scenes in Switzerland, but also an extensive network and a great deal of experience as an entrepreneur.’

Andreas Dudler will be retiring at the end of 2021. He has played a significant role in shaping the SWITCH foundation over the past nine years as Managing Director and before that as Chairman of the Foundation Council. Under his leadership, SWITCH has not only introduced innovations such as cloud-based services, lifelong university IDs, and centralised software procurement for universities, but has also greatly expanded network and security services and secured the future of the ‘.ch’ registry. ‘I would like to sincerely thank Andreas for his hard work and dedication on behalf of the foundation and its beneficiaries, and I wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement,’ says Peter Kofmel.

 

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