People at Andermatt Swiss Alps
Board of Directors
Samih Sawiris, Chairman of the Board
Alex Yule-Smith, Vice Chairman of the Board
Hans-Peter Bauer, Member of the Board
Khaled Bichara, Member of the Board
Franz Egle, Member of the Board
Marco Vito Pero, Member of the Board
Bernhard Russi, Member of the Board
Eskandar Tooma, Member of the Board
Head Planning & Construction
Head PR & Communications
Head Destination Marketing
Head HR & Services
Samih Sawiris comes from an Egyptian entrepreneur family. After attending the Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule in Cairo, he received a degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. His two brothers Naguib and Nassef also own and manage important international companies. They are active in the fields of IT, construction and fertilizers. The companies of the three Sawiris brothers share the word Orascom in their names, but they are financially independent from one another.
In February 2005 Samih Sawiris was invited to Andermatt by the government of Canton Uri to develop a tourism development concept for the region. He was so taken by the tourism potential of the Ursern Valley that he decided to present a project himself. Samih Sawiris therefore founded Andermatt Swiss Alps AG, domiciled in Altdorf, Uri. He directly and indirectly controls 86.6% of the company.