President's Message

From your President- Happy Holidays!

Dear Switzerland Chapter members,

As we approach the end of the year, I like to close with update on the chapter and best wishes. We finish the year for the chapter with progress on our priorities, building useful partnerships especially in the area of events, growing membership significantly, and having a gold standard list of past and future events. We’ve connected intensively with IMA Europe, European chapters and some overseas chapters as well. Getting members actively engaged seems to be a challenge across the world, and we’re continually looking for ways to get more people involved in the future.

Do you have budgeting best practices to share?

Marco Otti and I are writing an article in Strategic Finance with the working title “to budget or not to budget”. We will also present this topic at the ACE conference in Atlanta next year. We’re looking to interview Swiss CFO’s who can share an interesting perspective (no longer do budgets, implemented a modern budgeting tool or improved conventional budgeting techniques). If you have best practices to share or can refer us to someone, let us know (

Save the date for exciting events next year:

  • 11 March 2020 - Caterpillar Geneva: Women Accounting Leadership Series (afternoon/evening)
  • 12 March 2020 - Caterpillar Geneva: Management Accounting Conference (all day)
  • 17 June 2020 - Zürich area: Management Accounting Conference + Annual Members' Meeting
  • 17 September 2020 - Zürich: IMA / ACCA / Horvath & Partner on predictive analytics
  • September 2020 - Geneva: IMA / ACCA / Horvath & Partner on predictive analytics

We have more events in the pipeline. More info and signup (once open) here:

Call for volunteers and chapter leaders

The Swiss Chapter board will meet in the first half of next year to discuss the succession plan for the board. We aim to have a healthy pipeline of leaders to guarantee long term success. Indeed, I envision a three-year tenure for my presidency (I’m halfway), and ideally would have my final year together with a “president elect” who will transition into the role.

Furthermore, we’re always looking for enthusiastic people to strengthen Geneva, Zürich, and ideally Basel with local teams of volunteers who drive events, networking, mentoring, CMA prep coaching and any other initiatives that bring our profession further.

If you like to be involved in any way, let me know (

In closing

For most finance people this time of the year is particularly busy. I hope you’ll have time enjoy with family and friends, to get inspired, motivated and energized for an exciting new year.

Happy holidays and see you in a successful 2020!


Hessel Brouwer

President, IMA Switzerland Chapter

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