President and Delegate of the Board of Directors

Reto Gurtner

Chairman of the board, president of the management board

Reto Gurtner studied Business Administration and Law. He took over the Crap Sogn Gion cable cars in Laax from his father and merged them in 1996 with the Flims cable cars into Weisse Arena Gruppe. Since then he has also been president of the management board. Reto Gurtner is the visionary and architect of Weisse Arena Gruppe.

Other activities and interests

  • Chairman of the Board Gurtner Holding AG, Gurtner AG Montenaro Meat Products, Gurtner AG
  • Member of the Supervisory Board Finanz Infra AG
  • Member of the Board of Golf Sagogn Schluein AG
  • President and Cofounder Inside Labs (Start-up)
  • Member of the Executive Board hotelleriesuisse Graubünden
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Flims Laax Falera Management AG

 CV Reto Gurtner | Photo Reto Gurtner

The Board of Directors

Christoph Gautschi

Member of the management board

Christoph Gautschi is entrepreneur in the construction industry. He studied at the Schweizerische Bauschule Aarau. Since 2002 he is chairman of the management board of the Gautschi AG. He joined the management board of the Weisse Arena Gruppe in 2011.

Dr. Otto Bruderer

Member of the management board

Otto Bruderer is chairman and CEO of Wen AG in St. Gallen. He studied in Zurich and St. Gallen, receiving a Master of Economics degree and also qualifying as a barrister. 1999 saw him appointed to the management board.

Thorvald Sverdrup

Member of the management board

Thorvald Sverdrup is a management consultant in the tourism industry and a private investor with Norwegian company Skialp as. He studied Business Administration in Karlstad and was then, from 1984 to 1987, CEO of Alpsport ab in Sweden and, from 1987 to 2002, CEO of listed company Skistar ab, Sweden. He joined the management board of the Weisse Arena Gruppe in 2005.

Joachim Kohm

Member of the management board

Joachim Kohm has been on the management board since 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a managing partner at Robert Klingel GmbH & Co KG in Pforzheim.

Management Team

Flavio Battaini

Flavio Battaini

Operational Management

Flavio Battaini has been a member of the Weisse Arena Gruppe since March 2017 and is responsible for the operational management of the company (COO). The lawyer was previously in the fields Sports marketing, media and law as well as for 7 years Member of Management of Bank Frey & Co.

Other activities and interests:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of x28 AG
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Semantic Lab GmbH
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Football-World AG

 CV Flavio Battaini | Photo Flavio Battaini

Martin Hug

Martin Hug

Cable Cars, Lifts and Buildings

Since August 2005, Martin Hug has been part of the management team at Weisse Arena Gruppe with responsibility for Weisse Arena Bergbahnen AG. Before then, the business economist worked at Davos Klosters Bergbahnen AG for four years.

Other activities and interests:

  • Member of the Board of the Foundation Pro Flims
  • President Bergbahnen Surselva
  • President Bergbahnen Graubünden

 CV Martin Hug | Photo Martin Hug

Reto Poltéra

Reto Poltéra

Sport and Leisure

Reto Poltéra opened the Snowboard Garage Laax in 1993. 1996 saw him, together with Andreas Bärtsch, take over the snowboarding school, and he was active in product design for the snowboard industry. In May 2005, he was appointed member of the management team at Weisse Arena Gruppe and has since been responsible for Weisse Arena Leisure AG and Mountain Adventures AG.

 CV Reto Poltéra | Photo Reto Poltéra

Christoph Schmidt

Christoph Schmidt

Resort and Services

Christoph Schmidt has been a member of the management team at Weisse Arena Gruppe since October 2007. He was previously manager of the 5-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin. He completed his course at the Lausanne school of hotel management with distinction and complimented it with an MBA from Berlin. He gained substantial experience in the international hotel business working in Hilton hotels in Zurich, Dresden and Bucharest.

Other activities and interests:

  • Member of the Board of Directors Hotel Schweizerhof AG
  • President hotelleriesuisse Flims Laax Falera
  • Member of the Executive Board hotelleriesuisse Graubünden
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Flims Laax Falera Management AG

 CV Christoph Schmidt | Photo Christoph Schmidt

Adrian Wolf

Adrian Wolf

Finance and Personnel

Adrian Wolf studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. Prior to joining Weisse Arena Gruppe, he worked in the international controlling division at retail group Metro AG. A member of the management team since 1996, he is responsible for the Finance and Personnel departments.

Other activities and interests:

  • Secretary of the Weissenarena Group
  • President of the Board of Directors of Startgels AG
  • Secretary of the Board of Directors of Finanz Infra AG

 CV Adrian Wolf | Photo Adrian Wolf