Dr. Barbara Kessler

Dr. Barbara Kessler

Swiss national, term of office from 26 May 2011 to 21 May 2016. Education: Graduate degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen; Ph.D. in Social and Economic Sciences from Vienna University of Economics and Business; federally certified Swiss tax expert.


1979–1993 Tax advisor, partner of the tax department, Arthur Andersen AG, Zurich. 1993–2002 Head of the tax department, Zurich Financial Services, Zurich. Since January 2003 Head of Tax and Insurance, Novartis International AG, Basel.

Further activities and mandates

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Sandoz Ltd, Basel, and additional group companies of Novartis International AG
  • Member of the Commission on Taxation, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris
  • Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for WIN, a mentoring program offered by Novartis and the University of Basel
  • Chair of the Foundation Board, Holz & Korb Foundation, Zurich (a workshop for the disabled)