Jeannine Pilloud
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Jeannine Pilloud

Teamlead Partnerships for Innovation, ETH Zurich

Jeannine Pilloud is teamlead of ETH Partnerships for Innovation. She graduated from ETH Zurich with a degree in Architecture, having also studied German, History and Journalism at the University of Zurich while at the same time completing a journalist qualification at the Ringier School of Journalism. After three years working as an architect, Pilloud changed industries and headed up IBM Switzerland’s project business for six years. After two years as CIO with the Bon-​appétit Group she was appointed Senior Vice President Western Europe at Deutsche Telekom in 2003.

From 2011 to 2017 Pilloud was head of Passenger Transport at SBB and was the first female member of the Swiss Federal Railways’ board of directors. She left SBB in 2019, having already taken up her first board appointments in the previous year. In 2019 Pilloud became CEO of the telecoms group Ascom.

Since 2022 she has concentrated on her board mandates. In May 2023 Jeannine Pilloud was elected President of the ETH Alumni Association.