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Kaspar Villiger


Kaspar Villiger

Kaspar Villiger
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
In office
1 February 1989 – 31 December 2003
Preceded by Elisabeth Kopp
Succeeded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 1995 – 31 December 1995
Vice President Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
Preceded by Otto Stich
Succeeded by Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
In office
1 January 2002 – 31 December 2002
Vice President Pascal Couchepin
Preceded by Moritz Leuenberger
Succeeded by Pascal Couchepin
Minister of the Military
In office
1 February 1989 – 31 December 1995
Preceded by Arnold Koller
Succeeded by Adolf Ogi
Minister of Finance
In office
1 January 1996 – 31 December 2003
Preceded by Otto Stich
Succeeded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
Vice President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2001 – 31 December 2001
President Moritz Leuenberger
Preceded by Moritz Leuenberger
Succeeded by Pascal Couchepin
Personal details
Born (1941-02-05) 5 February 1941
Pfeffikon, Lucerne
Political party Free Democratic Party
Children 2
Alma mater ETH Zurich
Profession Mechanical engineer

Kaspar Villiger (pronounced Caspar Feeleeger) (born 5 February 1941) is a Swiss businessman, politician and former member of the Swiss Federal Council (1989–2003).


  • Political career 1
  • Business career 2
  • Other activities 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Political career

On February 1, 1989, he was elected to the Swiss Federal Council. He is affiliated to the Free Democratic Party (Liberals).

During his time in office he headed the following departments:

He was President of the Confederation twice, in 1995 and again in 2002.

In 1995 Kaspar Villiger apologized on occasion of an official visit by Dan Culler who was an internee in the Wauwilermoos internment camp during World War II. Dwight Mears, Culler's grandson and officer, published his 2012 PhD work with a thesis on the American internees in Switzerland.[1][2][3][4]

In September 2003, he announced he was to resign on 31 December 2003.

Business career

In 2004, he became member of the board of directors of Nestlé and Swiss Re.

On 15 April 2009, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Swiss banking giant UBS, holding this post until 3 May 2012.[5] His successor was Axel A. Weber.

Other activities

Kaspar Villiger is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law. It does so by making available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It is a not-for-profit organization composed of former heads of government, senior governmental and international organization officials who work closely with Heads of Government on governance-related issues of concern to them.


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  5. ^ Kaspar Villiger wird neuer UBS-Verwaltungsratspräsident, NZZ Online, 4 March 2009

External links

  • Profile of Kaspar Villiger with election results on the website of the Swiss Federal Council.
  • Business activities of Kaspar Villiger,
Political offices
Preceded by
Elisabeth Kopp
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Succeeded by
Hans-Rudolf Merz
Preceded by
Otto Stich
President of Switzerland
Succeeded by
Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
Preceded by
Moritz Leuenberger
President of Switzerland
Succeeded by
Pascal Couchepin
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