Urs Meisterhans is a recognized figure in the Swiss financial services and consulting industry. With relevant experience in finance, consulting, advisory and compliance, as well as a passion for philanthropic activities and high-impact technologies, Urs Meisterhans has established himself as a capable leader and advisor. sought after by many companies, businesses and organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Urs Meisterhans is currently President and CEO of Summus Solutions NV, an oil and gas exploration company with a majority interest in oil and natural gas reserves in Alberta, Canada. He is also a director of Prinz Von Preussen Capital SA, one of Switzerland’s leading financial services companies. Urs Meisterhans is also a Strategic Advisor at IonoTerra, an Israeli company that has developed a revolutionary solution for earthquake prediction. Earthquakes cost the global economy tens of billions of dollars in loss and damage each year, as well as countless deaths and loss of livelihoods for affected individuals and families. Urs Meisterhans and the IonoTerra team hope to reduce these losses by bringing life-saving earthquake prediction technology to the countries and regions that need it most.
Early career of Urs Meisterhans
For Urs Meisterhans, leadership positions in disruptive, high-value companies have been a recurring theme throughout his 40-year career.
He began his professional training at the Bankgesellschaft – now UBS – in 1978, from where he obtained the certification of “banker with federal diplomas” in 1981. He then started working at the HSBC office in Zurich, but moved to New York as a corporate finance intern at the Nordic American Banking Corporation in 1982. He then returned to Zurich and joined NordFinanz Bank as Assistant Vice President, Head of Corporate Finance and Credits Group. During this time he attended the Swiss Banking School – now Swiss Finance Institute – from where he graduated in 1991.
In 1992, Urs Meisterhans had the international experience, credentials and professional achievements to take on bigger roles with bigger impact at some of the world’s largest financial services companies. After leaving NordFinanz at the end of 1992, Urs Meisterhans joined Rothschild Bank AG as Senior Vice President Head of Credits before being appointed Group Head of Private Banking at Rothchild. Meanwhile, in a nod to his passion for helping others and improving client outcomes, Urs Meisterhans has been selected to be an advisor to STEP – the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – an institution based in Geneva that helps professionals maintain exceptional standards of customer service. .
Leadership, guidance and counsel quickly became hallmarks of Urs Meisterhans’ unique offerings to the organizations with which he was associated. Urs Meisterhans has been a member of the Advisory Board of Overseas Reinsurance Agents AG since 2005 and was also Founder and Principal of the Swiss company Sinitus AG – a financial services company – until his departure from the company in 2013. He was also president of MISTRAL Media – a specialized technology company which focuses on premium search traffic – and has been an advisor to the International Red Cross, Red Crescent and Broad Art Foundation.
To buckle the buckle
While financial services and consulting have been central to Urs Meisterhans’ career, he continues to direct his energy towards value-added initiatives in global enterprises. To Summus Solutions and IonoTerra, it focuses on renewable energy and loss mitigation technologies, respectively. However, he also recently joined Digital Transaction Ltd., a Hong Kong-based blockchain startup, as a board member. Here, Urs Meisterhans leverages his 40+ years of experience to drive the development and business growth of Digital Transactions and has officially entered the blockchain space. While the industries he has worked in are very different, Urs Meisterhans says he hopes to continue to focus throughout his career on leadership and creating value for customers and partner companies.