Board of Directors
Carlos Creus Moreira
Founder, Chairman and CEO WISeKey
Carlos Creus Moreira is the Founder Chairman CEO of WISeKey.
Under Carlos’ leadership, WISekey’s mission has been to continually advance and improve Internet Trust, Cybersecurity and Internet of things, and to make it easier and more secure for people to use the Internet. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its industry-leading M&A, investment in research and development each year.
Carlos served before founding WISeKey as United Nations Expert on CyberSecurity and Trust Models. He served during 17 years as UN Expert for many leading organizations of the United Nations System including ILO, UN, UNCTAD, ITC/WTO, World Bank, UNDP, ESCAP (83-99). He is recognized worldwide as an Internet Pioneer and has an unique profile, which combines extensive high level international diplomacy experience and emerging technologies expertise, has positioned him as a distinctive authority, thought leader, and entrepreneurial force in today’s digital world where the acquisition and trusted protection of Identity, Trust and Security has become an essential step for citizens and entities across the globe.
Carlos left the United Nations in 1998 to found and devote his energies to WISeKey, a company he had begun in 1999. Guided by a belief that the Internet needs to be safe and universal and a tool for prosperity, he began developing technologies to protect the Internet. Carlos’ foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of WISeKey.
Carlos is still involved in many non for profit and philanthropic activities as Founder and SG International Organization for Secure Electronic Transactions IOSET OISTE.org. Founding Member of the “Comité de Pilotage Project E-Voting” of the Geneva Government, Member of the UN Global Compact, Member of the WEF Global Agenda Council. Founding Member WEF Global Growth Companies 2007. WEF New Champion 2007 to 2016, Vice Chair WEF Agenda Council on Illicit Trade 12/15, Member of the 14-16 Selection Committee for Europe for the WEF Growth Companies. Founder of the Geneva Security Forum. Member the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of IT Software & Services 2014-16 . Member of the New York Forum.
He has received many international awards for his commitment to secure the Internet such as the selection as one of the World Economic Forum, Trailblazers, Shapers and Innovators https://lnkd.in/eAPb3_9, Member of Blockchain Advisory Board of the Government of Mexico. Nominated by Bilan.CH among the 300 most influential persons in Switzerland 2011 and 2013, top 100 of Who’s Who of the Net Economy, Most Exciting EU Company at Microsoft MERID 2005, Man of the Year AGEFI 2007, Selected by Bilanz among the 100 most important 2016 digital heads in Switzerland 17. Award Holder CGI. Member of the New York Forum and Digital Shaper of DigitalSwitzerland.
He was Adjunct Professor of the Graduate School of Engineering RMIT Australia (95/99) and Head of the Trade Efficiency Lab at the Graduate School of Engineering at RMIT.
He is also very focus and active in disruptive DeepTech crypto technologies, AI, Blockchain/ Crypto Currencies, IoT and Cybersecurity . He is also very much involved in financial actives related to M&A , Fundraising, IPOs , Listed companies and was awarded the M&A Award 2017 Best EU acquisition for his acquisition of VaultIC semiconductors company in 2016. He listed WISeKey on the Swiss Stock Exchange in 2016.
Mr. Kummer became Member of the Board of Directors in 2003 and joined WISeKey SA in 2005 as CFO. Mr. Kummer held several leading positions in the Structure and Corporate finance in international companies and financial institutions, especially for André & Cie SA where he also held General Management positions in their former Soviets Union and Austria representation offices. He graduated with mention in Company Management and Finance at “l’école de Cadre” in 1988 in Lausanne and obtained a degree on Structure Finance in 1998 and in Strategic Finance in 2006 at IMD. He is also a member of the IMD alumni since 1999 and member of the HEC alumni since 2001.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ward is a Chartered Management Accountant with significant international experience in the IT, FMCG, Retail/Distribution, Medical Equipment and Plastics industries, having worked in companies such as ITT, General Electric and Iomega, both in Field & H.Q. locations. He has operated for many years at Executive Staff (Board) level in International, multi-cultural environments. He has in depth experience in Change Management, Process Improvement, Business Integration & Restructuring as well as extensive knowledge of International Tax, Statutory and US GAAP reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. He has a B.A. (Hons) degree in Business Administration from Wolverhampton University, U.K.
Board Member, President and Secretary General of the World Trade Center Geneva
Mr. Doubre is a Swiss national who has held the position of President and Secretary General of the World Trade Centre (WTCA) Geneva since 1979. He is member of the board of the WTCA in New York and is a former Chairman of the WTCA Committee on Information and Communication. He is also President of the China Hub in Geneva and a permanent representative of the WTCA organizations to the UN in Geneva. He is currently President of the OISTE Foundation. Prior to this position, Mr. Doubre held several senior positions in the banking and finance industry including Vice President and General Cashier of American Express Paris, General Manager Overseas Development. Vice President of the Board and Chairman of the Audit & Finance Committee WISeKey.
Philippe Doubre has extensive experience and expertise with servicing international trade and determination of policies and new directions for facilitating international trade. He is a highly respected and well-recognized member of the international community as evidenced by his former position of Vice President of the American Centre Geneva.
President and co-CEO of “The M&A Advisor
David Fergusson is the president and co-CEO of “The M&A Advisor”, the world’s premier think tank for corporate finance, mergers & acquisition, and restructuring professionals. From London and New York, Mr. Fergusson leads the company’s market intelligence, media, event, and consulting services for a constituency of over 350,000 finance industry professionals around the world. Mr. Fergusson engages regularly with corporate, finance, media, academic and government leaders and is a sought-after speaker and contributor on the subjects of finance, technology and operational innovation for international media organizations, prominent educational institutions and leadership assemblies. A market expert on the subject of the financial value of technological innovation, Mr. Fergusson is also the editor of 5 annual editions of “The Best Practices of the Best Dealmakers” series featuring a readership of over 500,000 and distribution in over 60 countries. As the Founder and Co-Chair of the Brexit Task Force on Corporate Finance, Mr. Fergusson leads a forum for business, investment, trade, academic and policy leaders to collaborate in pursuit of corporate growth for the United Kingdom. As an advocate for the advancement of the finance industry, in 2013, he led the development of the Emerging Finance Leaders program to engage future global business stalwarts to affect significant change through social innovation. For this initiative he was the recipient of the 2015 Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award. Mr. Fergusson is a member of and frequent speaker to the City of London’s Guild of Entrepreneurs, British American Business and the premier global corporate membership organization – the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG). He is the president-elect of HOBY, the global youth leadership foundation and an advisor to several social innovation initiatives in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. An advocate for digital democracy, Mr. Fergusson is also a special advisor to civic technology pioneer Wikiburg in New York.
Proposed Board Member
For more than 30 years active in the field of fiduciary in Switzerland with activities in audit, accounting, financial analysis, corporate/personal taxation and payroll and HR.
Fiduciary Agent (agent fiduciaire) and ASR certified auditor (expert-réviseur agrée ASR).
BFB Sociétés Fiduciaires Auditor / manager 1982 – 1993
Independent management of mandates in both audit and accounting of small and medium-sized Swiss companies in the field of construction, trade and services.
Fiduciaire Wuarin & Chatton SA Director / Partner 1993 – today
First as director (1993 – 1995) then partner (1995 to date) in the Fiduciaire Wuarin & Chatton SA.
From 1995 to 2003 I was associated, in Wuarin & Chatton SA, with the International group of audit Mazars (France) with which I had to manage mandates of subsidiaries of international groups as well in the insurance, international trade, industry and services.
My most significant current and activities and customers:
In administrative / accounting management of subsidiaries of foreign groups such as
- DEMOS Group (training, e-learning), subsidiary of the Chinese group Weidong
- Assystem France as member of the Board (engineering and project management)
- Studio Peyo as Chairman of the Board of Directors (having rights and management of Peyo’s work and in particular the characters of the Smurfs)
- Kinnarps (Swedish group active in office furniture)
- Touring Info Service as Chairman of the Board (French group active in tourism information)
In auditing medium-sized Swiss companies in construction, trade (Swiss and international), industry, publishing (Dargaud group) and service
In tax reporting and advisory for natural and legal persons and application of conventions to avoid double taxation.
Business valuation and due diligence in acquisition audits
Expert at the court of 1st instance of Geneva
Born in Rolle on January 1, 1963, Switzerland. Swiss and Italian nationality. Married, two children.
Proposed Board Member
Mr. Pellaton has more than 30 years senior management experience encompassing a steady progression of increasing responsibilities in the areas of company operations, finance, business development, sales, service, quality assurance, talent management, process strategy, and change management initiatives. He possesses a significant track record of success in all aspects of leading across a portfolio of business enterprises as CEO, Chairman of the Board, Managing Director, Partner, Investor or Founder. In 1981, he worked for Ismeca Inc., a multi-national precision automated high technology manufacturer, headquartered in La Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland with production, sales and service operations worldwide. Over a period spanning 19 years, Mr. Pellaton’s role and responsibilities progressed from managing service divisions to CEO and Chairman of the organization.
Mr. Pellaton has served as an Investor and Strategic Board Member of WISeKey since 2003. Currently, Mr. Pellaton acts as an Investor and Advisor to a range of companies as listed below:
- From 2003 to Present, ACN (Switzerland), a developer of electronic chips that can transfer internet/video/audio information through the power line not only in the house but also from the grid with a very high band width. http://www.acn-group.com
- From 2003 to Present, Seyonics (Switzerland), a specialist in nano liter dispensing systems, used in the electronics, medical and anything that need very small quantities of liquid to be dispensed at a very high accuracy. http://www.seyonic.com
- From 2005 to Present, Partner and Investor in Visage Pro (USA), involved in skin care products with organic cream ranging from anti-aging to burn issues. http://visageprousa.com
- From 2002 to 2007, Partner and Investor in Pelican Packaging, an electronic subcontractor for dye packaging in the semiconductor industry, headquartered in Carlsbad, California and created as a spin-off from Ismeca Inc. http://www.pelicanpackaging.com
- From 2008 to Present, Partner and Investor in Solar Rain (USA), a company engaged in the development of a system that takes water from the ocean in San Diego and bottles it into drinkable water. http://www.solarrainwatery.com
- From 2001 to Present, Co-Founder of ZeroBoundary Inc., a company specialising in project management and leadership development products and services, using both face to face and e-learning delivery formats. http://www.zbglobal.com
- From 2000 to Present, Partner and Investor in Real Estate Holdings, Sofia, Bulgaria Rental and Residence Portfolio, an entrepreneurial start-ups to invest in and manage high end residences with a portfolio including press acclaimed designer apartments and luxury hotel http://www.sofiarental.com ; http://www.residence-oborishte.com