Dr. Severin Schwan
Chairman since 2023 (Member of the Board since 2013)
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Personal Data

Austrian, German, Swiss

Year of Birth

Graduate in Economics, Doctorate in Law

Family status
Married, three children


  • Economics at University of Innsbruck, University of York and University of Oxford, Mag. rer.soc.oec. (Innsbruck, 1991)

  • Law at University of Innsbruck, Mag. iur. (Innsbruck, 1991)

  • Doctorate in Law at University of Innsbruck, Research studies at University Louvain, Belgium, Dr. iur. (Innsbruck, 1993)

Professional Career

Trainee at Corporate Finance, Roche Basel

Head Finance & Administration, Roche Brussels

Head Finance & Informatics at Roche Grenzach, Germany

Head Global Finance & Services, Roche Diagnostics, Basel

Head Region Asia Pacific, Roche Diagnostics Singapore

Chief Executive Officer Division Roche Diagnostics

Chief Executive Officer Roche Group

Other Activities / Memberships

  • since 2009

    Member of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC), since 2022 Vice Chairman

  • since 2013

    Member of the Board of Directors of Roche Holding Ltd.

  • since 14 March 2023
    Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roche Holding Ltd.

Board Memberships in listed companies

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What inspires you?

“We are fortunate to be able to make a meaningful difference in the fight against COVID-19. This is what really inspires me about Roche: the impact we can make on people’s lives.”

The Roche culture

“Roche has faced and overcome many challenges in its near 125 years. I believe the solidarity and community we are experiencing now will bring us closer together, and there is no doubt that we will come out of this even stronger.”

Excellence in science

“Roche uses a large number of research approaches to develop new medicines. Our new engagement in gene therapy brings hope to people with rare diseases in particular.”

How to foster innovation

“Scientific success cannot be programmed, but we can create the conditions that will allow it to happen: being open to new ideas, having the courage to take risks; our researchers need to have the freedom to work on their ideas and above all, they need a positive space in which ideas are shared and independent thinking is encouraged.”

How do you cope with stress?

“I believe the ‘everyday’ pressure only turns into stress if you feel that the world will stop turning if you’re not around. However, of course the world does keep on turning. Not overestimating your own importance helps you to do your job effectively.”

The courage to fail

“There’s no success without failure! When you’re pursuing ground-breaking innovation, setbacks go with the territory. Unless you have the courage to fail, you’ll never succeed. It is my strong belief that we should celebrate our failures just as we celebrate our successes.”

Personalised healthcare

"I am very optimistic about the future. We have an outstanding pipeline and – thanks to our combination of pharma and diagnostics with data science – a very good opportunity to make significant advances in personalised healthcare."

Access to healthcare

“We want to ensure that everyone has access to our diagnostic solutions and medicines. I am proud that Roche was one of the first companies to introduce differentiated pricing. Solidarity between the rich and poor countries is essential to improving access around the world.”

Dialogue with Severin Schwan

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