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International Men's Club of Zug

Board Members

President: 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.

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: Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay has agreed to help us out by taking over this position. He's Scottish by birth and has lived in Zug for many years (>20). He has a strong business background at Senior Executive level in Technology, Finance and Operations. He's a keen sportsman - playing golf, squash, rugby and soccer and also skiing and hiking. However, it's not all healthy. He's been known to enjoy a drink. Some of you may know him from a Burns Night where he's given toast to Lassies and Burns on several occasions

Membership Secretary: Anthony Haroutunian

Anthony was born in Geneva and spent his childhood there. At the time he was fascinated by anything that flies like birds, kites or aeroplanes; he also found the mechanics of cable cars intriguing. He studied mechanical engineering then left Switzerland to the study fluid mechanics of hydro- turbines in Quebec, Canada. He returned to Switzerland in 2007 and, together with a friend, founded a company specialising in energy efficiency and optimization of buildings. Nine years later, in June 2018 he moved to Zug to discover “Real Switzerland” as Geneva is generally not considered a part of Switzerland. At present he is establishing a subsidiary of a company in Canton Vaud specialising in ecological water treatment plants. He describes himself as ‘Lover of life’: he enjoys questioning the world, his beliefs, philosophy and spirituality, and loves to learn new things and listen to the viewpoints of others. He likes hiking, windsurfing, glider flying, building and piloting model airplanes, cooking and good wines.

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: Roger Brooks

Roger came to the Canton of Zug from the U.S. in 1992 with his wife, Margareta, who is from Bern.  He adopted Swiss citizenship at the earliest opportunity and joined the IMCZ in 2007.  He previously served on the IMCZ board in 2010.  After working for many years in electronics engineering, Roger spent most of his career  in Switzerland working in IT.  He has worked for companies of all sizes from (ill-fated) startups to giants like his last employer, HP. He is now retired, and keeps mentally fit by teaching a few classes and singing in a chorus.  Although he is no "digital native", he has worked (and played) with computers since the punched-card era .  In his spare time, he also enjoys nordic walking, music, photography, reading, travel and, of course, the lively conversation at the IMCZ Stammtisch!
International Men's Club of Zug (IMCZ)
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