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International Men's Club of Zug

Board Members

President: Richard Beswick

Richard is a British/Swiss citizen born and raised in the UK, lived, worked and studied in multiple countries and resident in Zug for over 20 years. Richard is married with a teenage daughter, who attends the Kantonsschule Zug.
Following education in Life Sciences and Business Studies, Richard held management positions at various multinational corporations, including Gira, Biogen and Dow Chemical, before setting up a marketing and market research consultancy, bms AG in Zug in 1995. In parallel with establishing his consultancy, Richard became adjunct faculty at various universities in Switzerland and abroad, lecturing and mentoring on marketing and related fields. In 2007, he received a professorship from the Zürich Universities of Applied Sciences.
While continuing to teach and consult at a reduced level, Richard is gradually transitioning to retirement. This is affording him more time to devote to leisure activities and associations.
A long-standing irregular member of the IMCZ, Richard is now regularly and actively participating in club events and social gatherings. This year Richard was appointed to the IMCZ Board, as well as assuming the role of Co-Events Coordinator and has already organised 4 special events for the club and plans to continue playing an important role in our excellent club.
Richard’s numerous hobbies and pastimes include cycling, swimming, hiking, winter sports, mushrooms, gastronomy, drinking, socializing and just enjoying our wonderful Kanton.

Secretary: Geoff Watson

Geoff was born in Australia in the outback on a sheep farm but then moved to Sydney for high school. He completed a BScAgr and a BEc (Economics), then worked for the aluminium company Alcoa for 37 years. His career with Alcoa started in environmental management and moved through operations, procurement, sales and business management. He spent his last six years with the company as Vice President China living in Beijing. Geoff retired from Alcoa in 2009 and after a period of semi- retirement, accepted the position of Asian Sales Director for Rusal (Russian Aluminium Company), based in Zug in, 2011. After five years with Rusal he retired in 2016 and now does some consulting work and sits on the board of the South African aluminium company Hulamin. Geoff is married and has four children with two sons in Melbourne Australia, and two daughters in Zug. His interests include hiking and golf.

Treasurer: Jens Kordetzky

Jens was born and raised in Zug, Switzerland. He completed a BA degree from the University of Applied Science in Luzern and later passed the Swiss Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. He grew up professionally with Ernst & Young in Zurich in the assurance (audit) department. After receiving his Swiss CPA license, he relocated to Ernst & Young in San Francisco and eventually worked for SonicWALL, a software company in the Silicon Valley as a Finance Director. After 11 years in the US, he moved back to Switzerland with his family and has been working for Landis+Gyr AG ever since as VP Finance and Head of Group Accounting & Controlling. He is married and has two grown children. Jens enjoys winter sport activities and is an off-ice official for the local ice hockey club EV Zug.

Newsletter Editor: Alan Cattell

Alan hails from Glasgow, Scotland, but has been living in Zug for the last 25 years. He studied Physics with focus on solid state, covering superconductivity, quantum heat transport etc, but moved later into industrial research and development and worked on display technologies, bio-medical sensors and other multi-disciplinary topics. He moved to Switzerland to work for what was then Landis & Gyr and experienced the ownership transitions to Electrowatt, and then Siemens. He survived all the upheavals but with less hair. He has travelled extensively on business in Europe, Asia- Pacific and North America and enjoyed being in different places, meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. However, now that he is retired, he is happy not to be suffering from jet-lag on a near weekly basis. Alan is married with two children and four grandchildren. His passion is sailing, which luckily is also his wife’s. Since retirement, he and his wife try to spend as much as possible afloat. They do mostly coastal-hopping with overnight anchorage or mooring. They also do longer passages of (so far) up to 5 days. When not sailing he enjoys taking the grand-kids to Karate and Ice hockey practice…

Webmaster: Bill Lichtensteiger

Bill is a British/Irish/Swiss citizen who was born in London and first came to Switzerland at the age of 7. Since then Bill has moved back and forth between Switzerland and UK more times than he cares to remember but has now been in Steinhausen, Zug for the past 18 years. Bill is married with four grown-up kids and 5 grandkids who all live on the South coast in the UK, apart from his daughter who lives in Switzerland. Bill's background is in Electronics and Software Engineering but his career has also included many commercial and marketing roles. Bill holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Diploma in marketing. Bill recently retired from Landis+Gyr, the leading Smart Metering and Smart Grid solutions provider, where he spent 8 years as global Director of Communication Technology. Bill is hoping to remain active as a Consultant with his newly formed Company ComIoTech GmbH. Bill enjoys many sports activities including all forms of winter sport, water sport, golf and racket sports.
International Men's Club of Zug (IMCZ)
Postfach 7212, CH-6302 Zug
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