CGN Group

Discover the particularities of the CGN Group

The CGN SA Group consists of two subsidiaries: CGN SA and CGN Belle Epoque SA. Its shareholders (roughly 10,000) come from the private and public sectors. Its public shareholders (cantons and towns around Lake Geneva), with their majority stake (57.3%), have a decisive influence on the company’s operations. The cantons of Vaud, Geneva and Valais provide most of the investment needed to renew the fleet and balance the company’s non-profit services through a service mandate.

Structure and Aim of the Company

CGN SA Group

The group’s aim is to acquire and manage participations in any commercial, industrial, financial or real estate undertaking linked to navigation on Lake Geneva, notably through the companies CGN Belle Epoque SA and CGN SA (hereafter referred to as “subsidiaries”).


The subsidiaries, in which the group may invest, must directly or indirectly pursue one or more objectives fully or partly in line with the following goals :

  • To contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in the Lake Geneva area by ensuring an attractive service along its shores;
  • To develop and pursue any activity directly or indirectly linked to operating a fleet of boats (modern and historic) on Lake Geneva;
  • The group may create subsidiaries in Switzerland and France.
CGN SA

The company’s aims are :

  • To develop and manage any activity directly or indirectly linked to the operation of a fleet of boats on Lake Geneva;
  • To operate a public transportation service on Lake Geneva, particularly in places where boat transport is faster or even more cost-efficient, in a global approach, than other means of transport;
  • To maintain and operate the fleet, including the Belle Epoque paddle steamers, owned by CGN Belle Epoque SA, in compliance with the contract(s) concluded with the latter.

The company may :

  • Carry out any financial, commercial or industrial activity, or any activity linked to movable or immovable property, directly or indirectly relating to its aims;
  • Create branches or subsidiaries in Switzerland and France.
CGN Belle Epoque SA

The company’s aims are :

to maintain and restore as close as possible to their original state, compatible with their operation, and to permit their navigation on Lake Geneva by the CGN SA, its eight historic Belle Epoque paddle-wheel boats (Montreux, Vevey, Italie, La Suisse, Savoie, Simplon, Helvétie and Rhône), thus maintaining a listed heritage item, as per the listing decision of the Department of Infrastructure of 9 June 2011, and contribute to the sustainable development of tourism in the Lake Geneva area.

The company does not exercise any financial, commercial, industrial or real estate activity independently or in competition with CGN SA and CGN SA Group.

It is authorised to collect funds in order to carry out its aims.

It does not pursue any profit-making aims.

Missions of the group

Public
Transport

CGN provides a public transportation service on Lake Geneva, in particular in places where boat transport is faster or more cost-efficient, through a global approach as opposed to other means of transport.

Development of Tourism

CGN contributes to the sustainable development of tourism in the Lake Geneva area by ensuring an attractive service to its tourist destinations.

Conservation of heritage

CGN maintains and operates the world’s largest Belle Epoque fleet (in terms of passenger capacity). As such, it is the guardian of a unique industrial heritage.

Managers

Direction Luc-Antoine Baehni

Luc-Antoine Baehni

General Manager since 2000

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A graduate in natural sciences of EPFZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and holder of an MBA-HEC of the University of Lausanne, along with IMD (International Institute for Management Development) and INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration) certificates, he has wide experience in national and international management.

From 1985 to 1990, as marketing representative at CATERPILLAR in the USA, Europe and Scandinavia in the “Engines” division, L-A. Baehni accumulated invaluable experience in marine propulsion by selling and installing marine engines in all types of ships. At HOLCIM (1991-2000), the world leader in cement, he was notably sales, marketing and logistics manager in Switzerland, Austria and South Germany, and member of the management committee at HOLCIM Schweiz AG.

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Irwin Gafner

Technical Manager since 2017

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After having received a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the EFPL (2001) and another one at the National School of Petroleum and Engines (2002), he first began his career in the automobile industry abroad. He continued his professional experience at the LIEBHERR Machines company in Bulle for a total of 3 years, where he has also contributed to the development of new V8 engines.

In 2008 he was appointed as lecturer at the EPFL, a position he would carry out for 9 years. In the same year, he joined the world’s leading cement manufacturer HOLCIM, where he improved the performance of the Eclépens cement plant. From 2013 to 2017 he led all production activities of the site and was involved in the realization of many industrial projects. He finally joined the CGN as technical director on November 1st 2017.

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Patrick Jordan

Operations Manager since 2016

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After obtaining his maturité Swiss school leaving certificate, option economics, he chose to specialize in the technical field as a surveyor. In 1994, he took up an HR position with ROMANDE ENERGIE. He intensified his on-going training efforts until he obtained a Master in human resources. He then worked as HR manager at GROUPE MUTUEL in Martigny from 2001 to 2004.

He joined CGN in 2004 as Human Resources Director and held this position for 12 years before becoming director of the operations department on July 2016.

Direction Michael Gaberthuel

Michael Gaberthuel

Financial Manager since 2007

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A graduate in business management, he initially held the position of credit analyst at CREDIT SUISSE (1992-1996), then finance manager for TETRA PAK (1996-2001).

He subsequently worked for CRANS MONTANA AMIONA SA chair lifts as financial & administrative director (2001-2007).

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Sandra Tiano

Sales and Marketing Manager since 2017

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After obtaining an HEC business school degree in management, she notably held the position of corporate communication manager at GENERALI (2007-2012), then as marketing manager with GROUPE ASSURA (2012-2016). She joined CGN in 2016 as marketing manager before becoming a member of the management committee in January 2017.

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Jean-Christophe Allet

Human Resources Manager since 2017

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After obtaining his degree in occupational psychology, he developed his career mainly with TRANSPORTS PUBLICS GENEVOIS. In 1998, he was hired as a HR generalist, then progressed in his career, arriving at the position of assistant HR director, and head of the staff administration and advisory unit in 2014. With his sound professional experience and training in the field of human resources, he joined CGN on January 2017 as human resources director.

Board

CGN SA Group

  • Rémi Walbaum*

    Chairman of the Board

  • Yves de Siebenthal

    Vice-Chairman

  • Charles Burkard*

    Board Member

  • Jean Denais

    Board Member

  • Bertrand Duchoud*

    Board Member

  • Fabienne Freymond Cantone*

    Board Member

  • Jérémie Lagarrigue

    Board Member

  • Jean-Marc Mermoud*

    Board Member

  • Jacques Moret

    Board Member

* Representatives of public authorities

CGN SA

  • Rémi Walbaum

    Chairman

  • Charles Burkard

    Vice-Chariman

  • Fabienne Freymond Cantone

    Board Member

  • Jérémie Lagarrigue

    Board Member

  • Stéphane Montangero

    Board Member

CGN Belle Epoque SA

  • Maurice Decoppet

    Chairman

  • Jean-Marc Mermoud

    Vice-Chairman

  • Catherine Labouchère

    Board Memberr

  • Rémi Walbaum

    Board Member

  • Laurent Wehrli

    Board Member