Change in the management of the association ACF Switzerland

The Swiss professional association for outplacement is now headed by the co-presidents Carine Dilitz and Regula Mäder Steiner.

The Swiss Professional Association for Outplacement (ACF Switzerland) has elected a new board with two co-presidents for the first time. Carine Dilitz and Regula Mäder Steiner manage the association together and succeed Pascal-Laurent Favre, who is handing over the baton after ten years as president. The new duo at the head of the association is convinced that the latest developments on the Swiss job market pose new challenges for companies and job seekers. At the same time, requests for professional advice on the subject of outplacement and new placement are increasing. The Swiss professional association of the most important “career companies” wants to get more involved in politics and business and invest in the promotion of a strong professional organization.

At the last General Assembly of the Swiss Professional Association for Outplacement (ACF Switzerland), members Carine Dilitz and Regula Mäder Steiner unanimously appointed new co-presidents. Since June 1, 2022, they have formed the new board of ACF Switzerland with Roland Bartl Andreoli, treasurer and former board member. Carine Dilitz represents the association in western Switzerland, Regula Mäder Steiner is responsible for German-speaking Switzerland. You will take over the helm of the association and succeed the former president Pascal-Laurent Favre, who during his ten-year tenure has made it his mission to swiftly promote and further develop the merger of the most important providers of career management and organizational development in Switzerland in a changing environment and to strengthen the association’s media presence.

“After ten years it is time for me to hand over the reins of the association and I am very pleased that with Regula Mäder Steiner and Carine Dilitz we have chosen two experts in our industry with remarkable personalities for the management,” explains the association Pascal-Laurent Favre on his resignation. “In the last ten years, the environment and our market have changed significantly. This is also reflected in the market study on outplacement and newplacement advice in Switzerland published annually by ACF Switzerland. Digitization, globalization and demographic change have profoundly changed the realities of life and working methods, especially in our professional field with teleworking and coaching. The requests for help with professional reorientation are constantly increasing, professional and modern outplacement and new placement must position itself much more clearly in the context of digitization and offer more individual solutions.

The Swiss labor market is facing new challenges

Regula Mäder Steiner, the new co-president, also agrees: “Our association and our members will get involved in this area in the future. Topics such as demographic change, the shortage of workers, the resulting market trends such as new working models, different recruitment processes and generally new questions from different generations regarding their careers will pose considerable challenges for the Swiss labor market, both for companies and employers as well as for job seekers. As an independent association of Swiss careers companies, we want to become more visible in this area in the future and use our expertise to address political and economic actors.»

The demands on modern outplacement and newplacement advice are increasing

The effects of the pandemic, war, rising energy and raw material costs, interrupted supply chains, inflation and labor shortages are increasingly affecting the economy and posing increasing problems for companies in our country. Co-President Carine Dilitz is therefore convinced of this: “Despite a high employment rate by international comparison, there will be no quick return to the status quo ante in Switzerland. Professional advice and support for companies and job seekers through programs and measures for successful reintegration into the Swiss labor market is therefore of great importance. It is therefore a central concern for us as an association to set the right priorities and to get more involved in the political process with our partners and allies. The purpose of the association is to publicize and continuously develop the competence and high quality of the services of the members within ACF Switzerland in the field of outplacement and newplacement advice. ACF Switzerland is particularly committed to promoting professional interests and maintaining and safeguarding the quality of professional outplacement services.»

Carine Dilitz is Managing Director and Partner at Oasys Consultants. With Béatrice Elattar, she acquired the majority of the company shares in 2021. She has more than 15 years of successful experience in leadership and organizational development and in supporting professional transitions in an international, national and regional environment. After a Masters in Psychology and postgraduate studies in Criminology, she graduated with an Advanced Management Program in Business Management. She is also a qualified emergency psychologist and has also been involved in the recruitment process for Swiss army officers as part of assessment centers. Carine Dilitz is a French mother tongue and speaks fluent English, German and Swiss German.
Regula Mader Steiner has been the owner and managing director of Mäder & Partner AG New Placement with offices in Zurich, Basel, Baden, St. Gallen, Olten, Bern, Lucerne and Zug since 2009. She has several years of management experience in outplacement, executive coaching and supporting companies in change processes. As a member of the personnel management of the largest Swiss life insurance company, she was responsible for setting up internal outplacement. As a certified international coach and professor with a master’s degree in human resources management and a “Bachelor of Science”, she advises and supports teams and individuals in career assessments and professional reorientation, in the areas of team and leadership development, 360° assessments, coaching for executives and specialists, assessments for all hierarchical levels and functions as well as change management. Since 2005 she has been a lecturer at two universities of applied sciences in the field of human resources and in particular change management. Regula Mäder Steiner is fluent in German, English and French.

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