Dr. Patricia Widmer is Founder & Managing Partner at Aalto AG – fostering organizational and professional happiness through executive search, leadership and career consulting.
Patricia studied business administration at the University of Zurich with an emphasis on banking and finance and worked for several years in private banking and wealth management for a large Swiss bank. During her subsequent time abroad in the US and Germany, she held leadership positions with several charity organizations. Patricia has been with the University of St. Gallen since 2014, where she established the English-speaking certificate programme “Women Back to Business” (WBB) as well as the “Women’s Leadership Programme” and is now Programme Director for Diversity and Management Programmes. In addition, she is facilitating and moderating workshops as well as presentations about Diversity & Inclusion and unconscious bias. She wrote her dissertation about “Gender Disparity on Top of Companies”.
Mike J. Widmer
Founder & Managing Partner
Dr. Mike J. Widmer is Founder & Managing Partner of Aalto AG – fostering organizational and professional happiness through executive search, leadership and career consulting.
He began his professional career by founding an internet startup and thereafter joined the software company BSI Business Systems Integration AG as a Project Manager and Legal Counsel. After complementing his PhD in law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland with a full-time MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan he joined McKinsey & Company in the USA. Next Mike returned to BSI to set up the company’s German subsidiary in Frankfurt as Country Manager.
Prior to founding Aalto in 2020 he worked for almost 10 years in two top-tier executive search companies at international and local levels.