Dr. Thomas A. Biland (1959) studied at the University of St. Gall, Switzerland, and graduated in 1985 with an MBA degree (lic. oec. HSG) and received his Ph.D. (Dr. oec. HSG) in 1989. His doctoral thesis, “The Role of the Board of Directors in Strategic Management”, contributed to some of the first corporate governance discussions in Switzerland.
After completion of his studies, Thomas A. Biland acquired financial experience as the CFO of an international Swiss textile company. He then moved into executive search as a consultant. This was followed by a transition into the technology area, where, besides activities in venture capital and business development, he coordinated the management restructuring of a well-known globally operating Swiss conglomerate.
In 1993, Thomas A. Biland was named Managing Director Switzerland of a leading producer of hand-hygiene and washroom products gaining experience in production and service management. In 1998, he joined a worldwide engineering group as a member of the executive board and was made head of the international division of the Facility Management and Service sectors. Later, Thomas A. Biland was in charge of the European, African and Asian divisions, where he had full profit and loss responsibility.
Thereafter, Thomas A. Biland joined as Director at Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates, Zurich, Switzerland, where he was responsible for transnational direct searches of CEOs, Managing Directors and other Members of the Executive Management Team for top-tier corporations and institutions.
In 2005, he founded his own Executive Search Boutique with a focus on global searches for Members of Executive Management, Managers as well as high-end Specialists.
In addition to his business activities, Thomas A. Biland has been the president of a political party, and member of the parliament in his hometown for several years. He was also the president of the board of the tourism association of his community. Today, he serves on the boards of various other social, cultural and business organizations. Thomas A. Biland speaks and writes German, English, and French.