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ABOUT JÜRG STÄUBLI

Jürg Stäubli was born on 13 November 1957 in Regensdorf, Zurich. A Swiss national, he is married and the father of five children born in 1982, 1984, 1988, 1994 and 1997.

Education

Stäubli was awarded a CFC Diploma in Business and Administration in Bienne and, after three years of studying in Berne, graduated with a Diplôme Supérieur (undergraduate degree) in Economics.
He also holds a marketing degree (Zurich) and "diplôme d'expert" degree in Real Estate from the canton of Berne ("diplôme d'expert", an estate agent licence issued by the Council of States). In 1979, he wrote a thesis on "Politics in staff management" as part of his Bachelor's degree in Economics. He has also given many talks abroad.
On 5 October 2004, Jürg Stäubli was awarded a PhD in Economics from the Cosmopolitan University of Missouri, USA.

Career

1980 – 1983 :

When taking the exams for his degree in Real Estate in Berne in 1980, Stäubli was recruited by one of the examiners, Dr T Stiffler, as a sales manager for Stifag, a leading property management and promotion company in Berne. As part of his duties, Jürg Stäubli was asked to manage Stifag's sales in Spain and, in 1981, to open a new branch in Geneva, where he became the director. In 1983, Jürg Stäubli was appointed to the parent company's board of directors in Berne.

JS Holding 1984 - 1997

In 1984,

Stäubli founded his own company, JS Holding SA, with a head office in Geneva and registered capital of CHF 100,000 to start the business. While developing his group, Jürg Stäubli continued to work privately in order to regularly increase JS Holding SA's capital

By 1989,

the share capital—which was fully paid up—stood at CHF 50,000,000. The group was ranked 262nd in the Top 500 Swiss Companies in 1991.

From the start, JS Holding SA frequently handled real estate, promotion and construction operations, as well as the purchase and sale of property.

 

In 1986 ,

Jürg Stäubli had already diversified his activities at JS Holding SA, not only creating businesses in a range of sectors but also buying businesses with handover or management issues. JS Holding SA's main industries were: 

  • Food product packaging
  • Leisure and sports equipment
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

Jürg Stäubli created four subholding companies for each business sector, one of which was in North America. During this period, Jürg Stäubli created and saved over 1,000 jobs..

In 1989,

Jürg Stäubli sold a minority share in JS Holding SA to Banque Cantonale de Genève. The majority of the bank's share capital is held by public authorities.

In 1990,

Stäubli listed Let Holding SA—a subholding in the leisure sector—on the Lausanne Stock Exchange and then the Geneva Stock Exchange, with Banque Cantonale Vaudoise as the lead manager in the banking syndicate. Banks with shares in Let Holding SA included Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Banque Cantonale de Genève, Crédit Commercial de France, Banque Landolt Lonfat & Cie in Lausanne and Banque Darier Hentsch & Cie in Geneva. In the same year, he increased the registered capital of Peralco Construction SA, a subholding in the construction sector, enabling new minority shareholders to join, such as Banque Cantonale Vaudois, Banque Cantonale de Genève and Banque Landolt Lonfat & Cie.

In August 1991,

just two years after it was created, JS Finance Canada Inc. was listed on the Montreal Stock Exchange as part of a drive to increase equity capital, led by the real estate broker Lévesque Beaubien & Geoffrian Inc., a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada. This saw oversubscription of approximately 50% and the arrival of some 400 new shareholders. JS Holding SA nonetheless maintained its majority interest. Investments in Canada began in 1989, followed various meetings with the Premier of Quebec Robert Bourassa, who encouraged Jürg Stäubli to take steps in this direction.

The Canadian division covered four sectors:

  • Sale of sports equipment through André Lalonde Sport Inc. (approx. 25 stores)
  • Industries Fil Metallique Major Ltd, a company specializing in the manufacture of industrial meshes
  • Hector Jolicoeur Inc., a uniform cleaning business
  • The World Trade Center Quebec project, in partnership with the Quebec authorities. The Canadian side of the business created some 600 jobs. As the main shareholder with a large majority, Jürg Stäubli directed the group.

CF&C Finance Suisse SA - 1997 to present

In early 1997,

Jürg Stäubli stepped down from managing JS Holding SA. In summer 1997, JS Holding SA sold the majority of its companies. In September 1997, Stäubli was appointed to the Board of Directors of CF&C Finance Suisse SA as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman. While pursuing this new line of business, he sold the remaining shares in JS Holding SA and the business was subsequently dissolved. He remains President of CF&C Finance Suisse SA, which is focused on:

  • Financial restructuring
  • Company acquisitions, mergers and sales
  • Management buyouts
  • Acquisitions and sales of minority interests
  • Financial engineering and private investments
  • Sales and representation networks
  • Special mandates for governments, such as the renegotiation of external debts

Personal life

Jürg Stäubli is the only child of a family of shopkeepers. He is married and has five daughters, Nathalie, Simone, Alessia, Céline and Sarah.
In addition to his native language of German, Stäubli also speaks and writes in French, English and—with a little less fluency—Spanish.

Until 1981, he lived in the Berne region of Switzerland, and then in the region of Geneva from 1981 until 1986. From 1986 to the summer of 1992, he lived in Monaco. In the summer of 1992, he returned to Switzerland, living in Granges-Paccot in the canton of Fribourg, then in Prangins from 1994.

Like all male Swiss citizens, Jürg Stäubli completed mandatory military training and service. He was given military leave when he moved abroad, but on his return to Switzerland rejoined the Swiss army and, by 1996, had fulfilled his military obligations.

Sport

As a boy, Jürg Stäubli earned his spurs playing football in Zollikofen. In Berne, he was a member of the Young Boys, the top team in the Ligue Nationale A (today the Swiss Super League and the equivalent of the Premier League in England). He was also awarded a junior coach qualification and trained a junior team of Berne Young Boys. He ended his football career playing for FC Gland for three seasons (2nd league). Jürg Stäubli then became president of Palace-Club de Berne (Young Boys sponsors association). For three seasons from 1987, he was president of the Genève Servette Hockey Club. Between 1989 and 1996, he owned the Canadian hockey club Les Harfangs. He was also vice president of two Swiss premier league clubs, FC Granges and UGS Genève. Today, he regularly plays tennis and competes in golf tournaments.

Other activities

Alongside his professional activities, although not a member of any political party or movement, Stäubli exercises several roles.

in cultural associations and foundations including:

  • Member of the Committee for the European Centre for Culture
  • Treasurer for the Geneva-based Swiss organ donor foundation Les As de Coeur
  • Member of the Board of Governors for the Quebec section of the Red Cross
  • Governor of the Metropolitan Quebec Chamber of Commerce
  • Foundation Les Muses
  • Fondation Harfang-Etudes
  • Fondation Reverdir le Sahara www.reverdirlesahara.org

Stäubli has chaired numerous honorary committees and a Juniors C international football tournament is named after him.

He has been a speaker at many events and debates, notably in the field of economics, including for example, at the University of Geneva at the graduation ceremony for undergraduate degrees in economics; at Institut Suisse des Placements de Capitaux; at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Genève for a debate on "Ethics and Wealth Accumulation"; and at the University of Lausanne on the subject: "Slovenia, conditions for economic success".

Honours

In june 1997,

Jürg Stäubli was awarded the title Lord of Scalthwaiterigg in England.

On 27 decembre 1999,

he was named Special Commissioner for the World Development Organization, for specific, limited diplomatic missions.

On 12 february 2000,

he was made a professor and visiting lecturer at Moscow University. He taught there for three years.

In april 2000,

Stäubli was awarded the Grand National Order of Merit for Sport by the Togolese Republic and named an Officer of the Order of Mono (Togo's highest order of chivalry).

In octobre 2004,

he was named a Knight of Malta and in January 2005 received a silver medal for his charitable work with the order.

On 14 January 2010, Stäubli was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Human Sciences in Bishkek. On 1 April 2011, he was also named Personal Adviser to the Kyrgyzstan Minister of Justice and on 10 May 2011 Personal Adviser to the Dean of the Arabaev State University in Bishkek, in a mandate that expired in 2019.

On 18 january 2012

the government of the Republic of Liberia named Stäubli an Ambassador Plenipotentiary (Ambassador-at-large). The Minister for Foreign Affairs sent the letter of accreditation to the EU (Ms Catherine Asthon) on 27 January 2012.

On 27 june 2012

for three years, Jürg Stäubli was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board for the Academy of Finance and Banking of the Arabaev Kyrgyz State University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. On 29 June 2012, he received the first-degree medal for the Academic Order of the Falcon.

In 2013,

he was elected Vice President of the Diplomatic Circle of Geneva and on 18 April 2013 named Knight of the Order of Saint Gabriel, before then rising to the level of Commander.

In 2014

Stäubli was named Constable of the Order of Saint Gabriel.

He is also a member of the Fédération Européenne Diplomatique et Consulaire (FEDC). In December 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree from the Academy of Public Administration by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.

On april 2015

by decree, Jürg Stäubli was appointed Special Adviser to the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Madagascar.

On 29 August 2015

he was awarded the gold medal from the State University of Arabaev in Bishkek in recognition of his academic achievements and his capacity as Advisor to the Chancellor of the University. Before him, only two former prime ministers and the former president of the Kyrgyzstan Republic, Mrs Roza Otounbaieva, had received this medal.

In september 2020,

Jürg Stäubli was received by President of Burkina Faso Roch March Christian Kaboré, who named him an Officer of the National Order. His Royal Majesty named him Honorary Traditional Chief of the Kingdom of Comin-Yanga.

Philanthropy

Alongside two Swiss partners, Jürg Stäubli provided funding for the construction and running of the Ampere school in Lomé, Togo. The school offers some 300 of the most deprived children in the country access to education.
For several years, Stäubli has also provided financial support to an orphanage in Bishkek, as well as many foundations whose work involves helping children and medical research. The Action Innocence foundation is particularly dear to his heart.

By the end of 2014, the Petram Foundation—where Stäubli plays a pivotal role—had accumulated over CHF40 million.

It is a recognized public-interest charity ("reconnue d’utilité publique") subject to oversight by Switzerland's Federal Department of Home Affairs and supports numerous projects in several fields throughout the world.

www.petram.foundation

Prangins, November 2020