Chairman of the Board, u-blox and INSYS
Fritz Fahrni, PhD, born 1942, was Professor for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the ETH Zurich and at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland (2000-2007). His research activities are in technology-, quality- & innovation management as well as in entrepreneurship & venturing.
He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the ETH Zurich (1966), got his PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (1970) and completed the Senior Management Program at the Harvard Business School (1981).
During his successful industry career of 30 years, he worked as a scientist in the USA in NASA projects, in the UK and Switzerland for Ciba-Geigy Photochemistry in several development projects and, as of 1976, for Sulzer in management tasks in gas turbines and textile machinery. From 1988 until 1999 he was CEO of the Sulzer Corporation, one of the largest Swiss industrial enterprises. Under his leadership, Sulzer changed from a traditional machinery manufacturer into a globally successful technology corporation with a new focus in medical engineering.
He is Chairman of the Board of u-blox (Thalwil), an international GPS growth company and of INSYS (Münsingen), a high-tech mechatronic company. Furthermore he is a member on the board of the private University Hospital Balgrist (Zürich) and an advisor for the Emerald Technology Venture Fund (Zürich).
He is an “individual member” of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences and was a member of the Swiss Federal Counsel for Science & Technology (2000 – 2012).