Management & organization
VBZ Executive Management
Dr. Guido Schoch, Director
The Director has overall responsibility for VBZ operations. His job is to improve public transport in the city and the neighbouring region with a view to making it more customer-friendly, ensuring that it meets real needs and is run as cost-effectively as possible. His strategic objectives should secure the company’s long-term economic and operational success. The Director acts on behalf of VBZ both in internal dealings with staff and toward the outside world. He represents its interests vis-à-vis city authorities, in various associations, towards the media and to the general public. He also maintains a regular exchange of ideas with other transport authorities in Switzerland and abroad that have similar interests and objectives.
Andreas Uhl, Divisional Head, Corporate Staff
The corporate staff oversees strategic and interdivisional projects. Specialists are responsible for legal issues, company development, security/environment/quality management, media management, visitor’s office, all issues related to city authorities and parliamentary business as well as case management and insurance and claim services. They coordinate the VBZ’s service centre and activities both in internal dealings and toward the outside world.
Silvia Behofsits, Head Corporate Communications
The aim of Corporate communications is to support the process of cultural change on the VBZ Züri-Linie and to ensure that we have a motivated and professional workforce that is able to effectively handle the challenges that face us. Communication creates transparency and successfully projects what the company stands for both internally and to the outside world.
Bruno Perucchi, Divisional Head, Business Support
The Finance Division is in charge of all monetary and financial matters. The company’s accounts and a record of its investments are drawn up in compliance with accounting guidelines laid down by the city of Zurich, ZVV and the federal supervisory authorities. The division ensures that costs are transparent and supplies the operational data required for financial management in the various divisions. The budget is drawn up on the basis of cost centre and cost unit accounting. The division is also responsible for procuring materials, goods and services in accordance with sound economic principles (total scope of services offered, price and quality) and open competition. Suppliers are viewed as innovative partners who can help solve specific problems.
Christoph Rütimann, Divisional Head, Technology
The Technology Division is responsible for supplying and maintaining the components used for public transport, all at competitive prices. The components have to be safe in use, environmentally compatible and technically reliable, and include: buses, rolling stock, operating and communication systems. These responsibilities are handled jointly with the various organisational units of bus maintenance, tram maintenance, central workshop, industrial engineering and technical development.
Jürg Widmer, Divisional Head, Operations
The Operations Division puts the complex and intricately networked timetable into practice. Over 1,000 employees and around 600 vehicles are in action on the municipal and regional network 365 days a year. These are coordinated by the operations centre and on-the-spot supervisors. For major events or traffic hindrances, the division has to come up with one-off solutions that offer passengers the best-possible service. Operations attaches special importance to updated information about its customers and quality assurance (in practical terms, punctuality).
Hans Konrad Bareiss, Divisional Head, Marketing
The Marketing Division is responsible for ensuring that customers receive the best-possible service at all sales offices belonging to VBZ and its partners. It also keeps a close eye on urban development and organises all the necessary tram and bus connections. VBZ TrafficMedia (VBZ’s transport advertising) ensures that the advertising of VBZ’s partners is well received by the general public. VBZ is an ideal partner for events agencies and the organisers of major public attractions, because we have the know-how and the capacity to move people. VBZ offers companies and their staff mobility solutions tailored to their specific needs.
Simon Räbsamen, Divisional Head, Infrastructure
The Infrastructure Division is responsible for new construction and maintenance of fixed infrastructure of track ways, track and power lines, supply units, project planning of buildings and administration of real estate.