René Bollier

René Bollier

Interim Management Focus

  • Leading strategic and operational change processes
  • Special situations, crisis and growth management
  • Performance improvement, turnaround, optimisation of the business model

René Bollier is a partner at Executive Interim Partners. For 15 years, he has successfully led medium-sized manufacturing companies out of crises and anchored operational resilience. He temporarily takes over as CEO or CRO to lead change, improve operational performance and develop the business model.

Prior to his assignments as an interim manager, René Bollier built up markets and production facilities as head of medium-sized Swiss and Asian companies in India, Southeast Asia and China and co-lead a merger with a company listed in Mumbai. He also gained extensive management experience in Eastern Europe. He has in-depth intercultural management experience. He lived in Thailand and India for a total of five years and spent three years in

His industry focus is mechanical engineering, metal processing, special purpose vehicle construction, aerospace and packaging. René Bollier graduated in business administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and started his career in sales at IBM.

Selected Interim and Line Manager references

  • Interim CEO/CRO filtration technology (turnover: EUR 22 million, 100 employees). Financial turnaround, concentration of production in one site and successful repositioning in the project business of process engineering
  • Interim CEO of special purpose vehicle manufacturer (turnover: EUR 47 million, 198 employees). Restructuring: operational turnaround, reorganisation, margin improvement, production process re-engineering, after sales organisation, staff reduction
  • Interim MD/CRO steel mill (turnover: EUR 423 million, 510 employees). Turnaround, Lean 6-Sigma, stopped exodus of key personnel, integration into group organisation. Developing a sustainable site concept and breakthrough in government negotiations
  • Interim Division Manager, aircraft supplier (turnover division: 233 million, 950 employees). Turnaround and breaking up silo structure. Successful recovery of stalled engineering and industrialization ramp-up of several aircraft programmes, avoiding customer claims, making new programmes profitable and securing follow-up orders
  • Interim MD of a holding company and three operational production companies (turnover: 48 million, 415 employees), draw up turnaround plan, successful turnaround, Lean Six-Sigma, streamlining product range and repositioning of the companies
  • Interim project manager and MD for production build-up in Russia for the global leader in tipping papers for the cigarette industry (investment volume 24 million). Turnaround of stranded project, negotiation of sustainable investment conditions, construction and customer certification of CIS production facility
  • COO manufacturer of durable consumer goods (turnover: 350 million, 3200 employees), reorganisation into a divisional structure, supply chain re-engineering and working capital reduction
  • CEO manufacturer of packaging equipment (turnover: 60 million, 380 employees). Carve- out from packaging manufacturer, post-merger integration and positioning of newly created one-stop shop equipment manufacturer using technological synergies
  • COO manufacturer of laminate tubes (turnover: 58 million, 200 employees). Implementation of a new business model and construction of a factory in Shanghai. Merger with Mumbai-listed competitor to form global market leader

Supervisory Board references

  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of a metal processing company. Accompaniment of the change of CEO and support of the entrepreneurial succession
  • Member of the board of directors of a steel producer in the restructuring phase, parallel to the interim mandate
  • Member of the board of directors of a contract research organisation (CRO) in the field of ecotoxicology. Supervision of the operational turnaround of the company, preparation for divestment

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