Hans Ulrich Maerki joined IBM Switzerland in 1973. After some years in the sales area, he was promoted to a number of managerial positions in IBM’s Paris European Headquarters as well as in IBM Switzerland. From 1993 to 1995, he led IBM’s business in Switzerland as General Manager, before moving to IBM Europe in Paris to build the largest IT services business in the market. In August 2001, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). From 2003 to 2005 he was also General Manager of IBM EMEA. He retired from IBM after 35 years of service in April 2008.
In 1994 he became Chairman of Mikron Holding, a Swiss Tool Manufacturer, and served until 2002. He was as a member of the Board of ABB Ltd from 2002 to 2014, and SwissRe Ltd from 2006 to 2016. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Mettler-Toledo International as well as the Menuhin Festival AG Gstaad. He also serves on the Executive Board of Foundation LesArts Gstaad and on the Foundation Board of Schulthess-Klinik in Zurich, on the Board of Trustees of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg as well as on the international advisory boards of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Paris, the IESE Business School University of Navarra (IESE) and Bocconi University in Milan.
In 2010 he became a Senior Fellow of Advanced Leadership at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Hans Ulrich Maerki graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Basel in 1972.