Organization & governance

Our Organization

As Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. we value a lean organizational structure characterized by expertise and independence. 

Helvetica Capital AG has been responsible for providing investment advice on behalf of Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. since September 2015. The company is managed at the strategic level by a broadly based board of directors that is supported by an operations team. Investment decisions are made by an independent investment committee.

organisational structure

Team

CEO

Elios Elsener

Elios Elsener is COO of Corporate & Investment Banking at Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the operational management of the business unit. He is also in charge of two product areas, ESOS (Employee Share Ownership Service) and Escrow Services, for corporate clients in Switzerland. In addition, Elios Elsener is closely involved with the digitalization of the corporate client business. Together with his team, he initiates and drives forward innovative projects in conjunction with the Digital Solutions & Delivery unit.

Before taking up his current position, Elios Elsener was COO of Solution Partners, a unit within Private Banking that focuses on initiating, structuring, and delivering complex solutions for sophisticated client segments within the bank. He has been employed by Credit Suisse since 2003 and has worked in various roles.

Elios Elsener has a degree in business administration (licentiatus rerum politicarum) from the University of Bern. He was promoted to Managing Director as of January 1, 2018.

COO

Jan Hüsler

Jan Hüsler is in charge of business management for Corporate & Investment Banking within Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for strategic planning, finance, projects, marketing and communication, as well as providing executive support to the business unit. 

He has worked for Credit Suisse since 2005, including as COO for the International Private Clients business unit and as COO of Clariden Leu Asia Ltd. in Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Jan Hüsler holds a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen. 

Business Management

Roger Winistörfer

Roger Winistörfer joined the team of Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd in June 2017. Since 2011, he has worked as a Relationship Manager for Credit Suisse Group with additional project tasks in establishing the new Swiss legal entity and has other experience in advising private and corporate clients, including BPS (Suisse) and Graubündner Kantonalbank. 

Roger Winistörfer studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Chur and has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in project management from the Swiss Association for Organization and Management (SGO).

Board of Directors

Chairman

Didier Denat

Didier Denat is Head of Corporate & Investment Banking and a Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. Prior to assuming his current role, Didier was Head of Solution Partners and a member of the Management Committee of the Swiss Universal Bank. Solution Partners is a team of experts focused on originating, structuring and delivering complex solutions to key client segments of Credit Suisse.

Before moving to Zurich in 2016, Didier was Co-Head of Global Financial Sponsors and was based in London. He also held the position of Head of the Leveraged Finance and Sponsors Group in the EMEA region. Before joining Credit Suisse, Didier spent nine years at Citibank in various locations (Zurich, New York, London and Paris).

Didier is a Swiss and French citizen. He holds a degree (cum laude) in Management and Strategy from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Vice-Chairman

Andreas Gerber

Andreas Gerber joined Credit Suisse in 1989 and has been Head of SME Business Switzerland since April 2015. His professional career has taken him from advising major clients listed on the stock exchange, via managing corporate client business in the Bern market area, to serving as Head of SME Region Mittelland from 2006. In September 2010, he moved to Zurich, where for four years he led the corporate client business of Region Zurich and Schaffhausen.

He has a degree in Business Economics (University of Applied Sciences) and is a graduate of the Executive Program of the Swiss Finance Institute in Zurich and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover (USA). He was promoted to Managing Director in 2009.

He lives in Uitikon-Waldegg, is married, and is the father of two sons.

Member

Dr. Beat Brechbühl

Dr. Beat Brechbühl is a lawyer with a postgraduate qualification from the University of Chicago Law School and managing partner and head of the M&A/corporate team at Kellerhals Carrard, a leading Swiss firm of corporate lawyers with over 200 attorneys in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich, as well as offices in Shanghai and Tokyo.

He chairs the board of directors of AVAG, Bern airport and SC Bern ice hockey club, is a member of the board of directors at various Swiss companies (including the Mobiliar cooperative insurance company, the Quickline Group and Wandfluh), and is one of the founders and board members of Swiss Venture Club (SVC). He also lectures on entrepreneurship at the University of Bern.

Member

Ralph Bloch

Ralph Bloch is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Swiss Universal Bank (SUB), based in Zurich. He is the Head of Solution Partners within Premium Clients and member of the Premium Clients Management Committee.

Mr. Bloch joined Solution Partners, a unit providing investment banking solutions to UHNW clients, in 2007.

Mr. Bloch joined Credit Suisse in 1999 working in the Equity Capital Markets (ECM) departments in Zurich, London and New York where he was involved in M&A, equity derivatives, convertibles and equity related offerings (IPOs, block trades, ABBs).

Mr. Bloch holds a degree in Finance & Economics from the University of Zurich.

Member

Thomas Grotzer

Thomas Grotzer is General Counsel and a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. Before assuming his current role, he was General Counsel of the Private Banking and Wealth Management division of Credit Suisse Group. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Neue Aargauer Bank, a 100% subsidiary of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Before he joined Credit Suisse in 2011, he held various positions at UBS, notably as General Counsel for APAC Wealth Management (in Hong Kong) and as Head of Compliance for the Investment Bank Switzerland. Prior to that, he worked at major law firms in Zurich, Geneva, and San Francisco.

Thomas Grotzer is a Swiss national, holds a licence to practise law in Zurich, and has degrees from the University of Zurich (lic. iur.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (Master of Laws).

Member

Christian Hübner

Christian Hübner a Managing Director of Credit Suisse and COO of the Chief Risk Officer Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the operational & fiscal management of the Risk department.

Before taking up his current position, he was Head Business Management & Development of Private Banking Eastern Europe Middle East & Africa and Senior Project Manager within Private Banking COO in Zurich & Singapore.

Christian Hübner joined Credit Suisse in 2004. He has a deep Private Banking & Wealth Management business understanding and broad range of experience in Risk Reporting, Governance, Project & Change Management, Finance, and Leadership.

Christian Hübner is a Swiss National and has degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Master in Mechanical Engineering - MSc ETH) and the University of St. Gallen (M.B.A.).

Member

Luca Tagliabue

Luca Tagliabue is Head of Finance for the Corporate & Institutional Clients business of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. In this role, he is responsible for the financial management of Corporate & Investment Banking and the Institutional Clients business (including business with pension funds, external asset managers, banks, and insurance companies).

He is also responsible for the financial coordination of various cooperation arrangements between Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. and other legal entities of Credit Suisse, primarily Asset Management & Investor Services Holding and International Trading Solutions, a joint venture between Private Banking and the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse Group.

Luca Tagliabue is also a member of the board of Credit Suisse InvestLab AG.

Before taking up his current position, he worked in various roles within Credit Suisse for 14 years, including in Revenue Controlling of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., the One Bank Collaboration team, and with the COO of the PB Europe, Middle East and Africa business.

Luca Tagliabue is a Swiss citizen and has a degree in economics (lic. oec. publ.) from the University of Zurich.