Swiss WCM Award

The award for outstanding performance

Every year, a distinguished jury presents the Swiss WCM Award, granted by the University of St. Gallen and PostFinance, to companies with exceptionally successful WCM concepts or innovative approaches.

It is awarded as part of the Swiss WCM Summit. Find out here what makes the winners stand out and apply for one of the coveted awards yourself.

For which approaches are awards given?

  • Outstanding overall performance in the management of net working capital
  • Use of state-of-the-art technology and analytical techniques in WCM
  • New approaches to financing in accounts receivable, inventories or accounts payable
  • Innovative, collaborative approaches to cross-company management of net working capital
  • The dates and information for the Swiss WCM Award 2022 will be provided in due course.

    Applications for the Swiss WCM Award are already open:

    Send an e-mail to Supply Chain Finance-Lab by the University of St. Gallen with your application form attached.

    Conditions of participation

    The WCM solution must not have already been awarded a prize in any other contest and the finalists must present their WCM solution personally at the award ceremony. 

  • The Swiss WCM Award is presented annually to companies who manage their net working capital exceptionally well.

    2019 winner

    • Kühne + Nagel

    Winner’s interview with Roger Sutter, Group Treasurer at Kühne + Nagel

    2018 winner

    • Tornos Group
    • TradePlus24 AG

    Tornos Group explain in the interview why they use professional WCM.

    2017 winner

    • SBB
    • CRX Markets

    2016 winner

    • Hemro AG
    • Advanon 

    2015 winner

    • ABB Switzerland
    • arviem AG
    • Stäger & Co. AG

    2014 winner

    • Perlen Papier AG
    • SBB
    • Energie Wasser Bern
  • The Swiss WCM Award winners were selected by a distinguished jury.

    Prof. Dr. Erik Hofmann

    is an honorary professor and Director of the Institute for Supply Chain Management at the University of St. Gallen. He also supports Swiss Post’s Supply Chain Finance lab in his role as project leader. His research fields include the key areas of strategy, markets and performance management in logistics and supply chain management. He will be presenting the Swiss WCM Award in his capacity as chairman of the jury.

    Adrian Brönnimann

    is responsible for the major customers segment at PostFinance and launched the WCM range. As well as a systematic approach to consultation, PostFinance operates a wide range of WCM solutions which benefits from constant input from the research partnership with the Supply Chain Finance Lab at the University of St. Gallen.

    René Cotting

    is Chairman of ABB Technology Ventures, Head of Operation, Innovation and R&D for the ABB Group and was CFO of ABB Switzerland – winner of the Swiss WCM Awards 2015 in the “Performance Excellence” category. The WCM project reveals the fundamental relevance of the topic in major corporations, as well as the additional potential of digitization.

    Dr. Pascal Koradi

    is a Member of the Management Board of the CFO Forum Switzerland. Due to his professional activities as CFO of a Swiss regional bank, Head of Finance and Member of Executive Management at a large Swiss corporation, and most recently CEO of a cantonal bank, he has been well versed in working capital management for many years.

    Rolf Renz

    was CFO of Siemens South West Europe and Siemens Switzerland. He stresses the fundamental importance of digitization for the Swiss economy, and promotes a number of digitization projects, even in working capital management, within his company.

    Mario Rossi

    was the CFO and a Member of the Group Executive Board at Swisscom Ltd. With many years of experience in various areas of the financial industry and the fintech start-up Radar, he continually gained insights into the latest, innovative trends in working capital management.

    Stephan Zehnder

    has been CFO of the Bossard Group since 2005. As a global distribution company in the fastening technology industry, WCM − the balance between availability and capital tie-up − is a key success factor for him. With Bossard’s innovative logistics solutions, he also has extensive experience when it comes to digitizing and automating inventory management for customers.

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