Urs Felber, owner of A&F Computersysteme AG (a&f), hands over the company to the next generation. The hand-over is scheduled for a long period of eight years. However, the new management team is already active. Its members combine experience with fresh knowledge and thus continue the success story. The system integrator a&f remains a strong supplier and partner for innovative publishing solutions.
a&f looks back on more than 30 successful years and remains a strong supplier and partner. Founder and owner Urs Felber is arranging his succession over a long period of eight years. In 2017, the a&f shareholders include original shareholders Urs Felber and CFO Thomas Portmann as well as new shareholders Stefan Schärer, Philippe Lindegger and Serge Dillier. Urs Felber is going to sell all of his shares in 2024.
The new management team combines 33 years of experience and fresh know-how
The new management team has eight years to combine its long-standing experience and new knowledge. The next generation – Stefan Schärer (44, Head of Sales & Marketing, deputy CEO), Philippe Lindegger (33, Head of System Engineering) and Serge Dillier (24, designated Head of Application) – takes over the company’s management. Long-standing CFO Thomas Portmann (53) also contributes his experience and Urs Felber (53) will remain CEO until 2021 and President of the Board of Directors until 2024. The previous members of management will remain part of the company.
Urs Felber on succession planning: «My successors will continue the long-term continuity for our customers in the spirit of a&f today. I am confident that I have chosen the right persons to do so. They will take a&f down new paths, continue to develop the company’s technological leadership position and at the same time intensively maintain the close ties with our customers, such as publishing houses, media service providers and corporate publishers».
Young management team continues successful business
Continuity, transparency and an enthusiasm for complex content requirements are what makes a&f unique. Together with its customers, the a&f team determines the editorial processes of the future. It maintains long-term, trusting relationships with its customers. This is also reflected in its leading position in both the Swiss and German markets.
With an extensive partner network, the team has comprehensive knowledge about system-based publication through all channels. It brings innovative technologies to customers in a range of industries with the aim of providing customers with scalable solutions so that they can focus on their contents. a&f ensures that the tools and know-how are available.