Hans-Ulrich Maerki

Director of several boards, Former Chairman and General Manager IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa


Areas of expertise:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Large-scale change
  • Diversity as source of business renewal

Former Chairman of the Board and General Manager – IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa. Hans-Ulrich worked as a senior director of the IBM company during its transformation from a mainframe business to a services-based organisation. As Board Member at ABB and SwissRE, he is now a veteran of large-scale business transformations.

Hans is based in Zurich, Switzerland and 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 Chief Executive Officer of IBM EMEA. He retired from IBM after 35 years of service in April 2008.

As well as his work for ABB and SwissRE, Hans is currently 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.