Inspiring Innovation and International Expansion Celebrated at 2015 Tell Awards

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fossil Group and Zimmer among the major multinational companies recognized by Switzerland Global Enterprise

NEW YORK--()--Switzerland Global Enterprise, the official trade and investment body of the Swiss government, announced today the winners of the 2015 Tell Awards. Honorees include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fossil Group and Zimmer.

First presented in 2004, the Tell Awards program recognizes companies that boldly accept the risks and rewards that come with international expansion and demonstrate success with operations in Switzerland. the 2015 Tell Awards will be presented by Ambassador Andre Schaller, Consul General of Switzerland in New York at 5:00pm ET on Thursday, June 18th at Bloomberg LP.

The 2015 Tell Awards are a major event for international businesses with a presence in Switzerland and Europe because the companies recognized come from the largest sectors in the region: Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology, ICT, MEM and Cleantech.

“We could not be more pleased with the 2015 Tell Award honorees,” noted Daniel Küng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise. “Their ability to remove the risk from international expansion and thrive in our challenging global economy is deserving of recognition.”

Daniel Bangser, Director North America, Investment Promotion, shared the sentiment.

“On one end of the spectrum, you have a company like Zimmer – an employer of over 1000 people – that has seen the business value of establishing an EMEA headquarters in Switzerland. On the other end, you have a company like Bristol-Myers Squibb where they have heavily invested in their people and culture. They grew and diversified their employee base and skillset, and their new offices in Zug host 150 employees representing 23 nationalities.”

The Tell Awards also recognizes companies that make significant investments in the name of innovation and business growth.

“Fossil is a great example of a company that has been successful in Switzerland since they launched their European Headquarters in Basel in 2004. Recently, they have made major commitments to growth with plans to open a new EMEA Headquarters in 2016, along with two new production sites and a design and development center already established in the past year. This growth is only possible when three things happen - the workforce is present, the business and political environment welcomes it, and the company leadership makes the right decision to invest in the opportunities presented,” noted Bangser.

In addition to the Tell Awards, Switzerland Global Enterprise will also be partnering with Bloomberg to co-host a panel discussion titled “Inspiring Innovation.” Participants will be tackling several topics, including disruptive innovation and strategies to fuel growth, and the insights established industries can learn from startups as they explore new lines of business.

Interested attendees are encouraged to register here.

About Switzerland Global Enterprise

Switzerland Global Enterprise was founded as a non-profit association in Lausanne in 1927. It informs, advises and guides SMEs from Switzerland and Liechtenstein in their international business ventures. It links companies, experts and private and public organizations around the world, thus facilitating efficient promotion of foreign trade. Apart from export promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise has also been responsible for promoting business investment in Switzerland abroad since the beginning of 2008, as well as for promoting imports from selected developing and transition countries. In addition, Switzerland Global Enterprise runs 21 Swiss Business Hubs abroad, most of which are based in Swiss embassies.

Contacts

Swiss Business Hub USA
Daniel Bangser, +1 917-289-9932 (Direct)
+1 212-599-5700 ext. 1032 (Main)
Director North America, Investment Promotion
Trade Commissioner of Switzerland
daniel.bangser@eda.admin.ch

Release Summary

Switzerland Global Enterprise, the official trade and investment body of the Swiss government, announced the winners of the 2015 Tell Awards - Bristol Myers Squibb, Fossil Group and Zimmer.

Contacts

Swiss Business Hub USA
Daniel Bangser, +1 917-289-9932 (Direct)
+1 212-599-5700 ext. 1032 (Main)
Director North America, Investment Promotion
Trade Commissioner of Switzerland
daniel.bangser@eda.admin.ch