CSEM is a research and technology organization (RTO) and a public–private partnership. We realize our mission of ensuring the competitiveness of Swiss industry by collaborating with our extended network in academia, research, and the economy. This mirrors how our shareholding is distributed. Around one-quarter of the shares are publicly held, either by the ETH domain (Swiss federal institutes of technology and related research bodies), and therefore by the Swiss confederation, or by either the canton or the town of Neuchâtel. The remaining three-quarters are held by leading actors from across Switzerland’s industries and economy. CSEM’s unique relationship with the Swiss confederation, local authorities, and private companies enables us to combine excellence and innovation by fusing technology leadership with our total commitment to customer satisfaction.
The center is governed by a carefully balanced combination of its Board of Directors, its Executive Board, a matrix of its divisional and functional heads, and its Scientific Advisory Board.
The current Board of Directors embodies, better than ever before, how CSEM functions as a public–private partnership. Board members include representatives from the fields of watchmaking, medtech, and energy. Key figures from the political milieu—at municipal, cantonal, and federal levels—also sit on the board.
The Executive Board supports the CEO in the management of the company. An extended management board oversees the management of divisions and functions. Collectively, this group rises above the business detail, recognizes emerging patterns, forges unprecedented connections, and identifies the points of maximum leverage that drive our activities forward.
CSEM’s Board of Directors appoints the center’s Scientific Advisory Board. The appointment is approved by the presidency of EPFL, one of the two Swiss federal institutes of technology. The board is also presided over by a representative of EPFL, currently by Nico de Rooij.
The Scientific Advisory Board helps set general directions for applied research. These maximize CSEM’s relevance and the benefits the center creates for industry, today and tomorrow. The board is made up of visionaries and experts from the worlds of industry and academia. This arrangement ensures a productive balance between market-driven, economic goals and the relative freedom of the academic milieu with its highly constructive peer-review process.