Our Team

Where passion begins!

Lukas Kühne

Managing Partner & Member of the Board of Directors

Lukas Kühne holds a degree in history from the University of Bern and a Master of Advanced Studies in Human Resource Management from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He has been working in personnel recruitment since 2004. Already during his studies, he worked as a research employee and subsequently advanced to Head of the in-house research centre from 2008 to 2014 at the Meister Executive Search AG. Lukas Kühne has extensive experience in handling direct search mandates and was entrusted with the role of consultant in spring 2011 with the foundation of pioneering Meister Networks. He has been a partner since January 2015 and in the beginning of 2020 took over the company as managing partner and owner. Lukas Kühne speaks German and English fluently.

Laura De Paolis

Consultant

Laura De Paolis headed the research team for two years and has been a consultant since the end of 2019. Immediately after completing her bachelor’s degree in 2014, she started to work for another renowned executive search company as research analyst and thus has learned the craft of identification and approaching managers and specialists from the ground up. Laura De Paolis completed her master’s degree in international management with a specialisation in diversity recruitment at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in 2017. She speaks fluent German and English.

Stefan Schwendt

Consultant

After successfully completing his mechanical engineering studies with a specialisation in process engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Stefan Schwendt joined the Unilever group in 1994. At Unilever, he was able to gain extensive international experience throughout the entire supply chain and in engineering over an extensive period of 25 years. Thus, Stefan Schwendt possesses detailed end-to-end experience in the areas of R&D, operations (factories), automation and innovation management, quality management, digitisation and the associated change management. He has always seen people as the most important success factor of a company in all his roles in the most diverse regions and cultures, inspiring him to now pursue his passion as a consultant. The idea of recruiting suitable candidates for our clients, who can then grow and develop in the new positions, thus creating added value for themselves and our clients, is what drives Stefan Schwendt. He is fluent in German and English.

Tara Graber

Head Research

Tara Graber has earned her Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Bern and has been appointed as Head Research in October 2020. She has worked in a psychosomatic department of a university hospital before joining Meister Executive Search as research analyst. Ever since, she has gained in-depth insights in the specific recruitment of executive and management positions. The acquired skills and experience have enabled Tara Graber for the goal-oriented and professional leadership of the research team. She speaks German, English and Korean fluently.

Davide Ringgenberg

Research Associate

Davide Ringgenberg graduated from the University of Bern with a degree in economics and has been working in our in-house Research Center since 2018. In September 2020, he was introduced to the role of Research Associate with specialist responsibility and technical leadership. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in identifying and addressing leadership personalities and passes this on to our new employees. German and Italian are his mother tongues, and he speaks English and French fluently.

Lars Aeschbacher

Management Assistant

Lars Aeschbacher joined the Meister Executive Search AG team in 2008 while studying history. Over the years, his area of responsibilities has extended from pure acquisition to a broad management support and administration function. His dedicated understanding of our mission and our quality standards, as well as his persistence, has already opened numerous doors for Meister Executive Search AG. Lars Aeschbacher speaks German and English fluently.

Giorgio Abisetti

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Giorgio Albisetti is an accomplished lawyer and notary public further holding an Executive MBA degree from the University of St. Gallen. He has joined the family-owned company Von Graffenried Group in 2009, and acts as Chairman of the Executive Board of Von Graffenried AG Liegenschaften since 2017. Giorgio Albisetti contributes with his experience as entrepreneur, his innovative spirit, extensive network and valuable strategic skills to various boards of directors and foundation boards. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meister Executive Search AG since January 2020.

Lukas Kühne

Managing Partner & Member of the Board of Directors

Lukas Kühne holds a degree in history from the University of Bern and a Master of Advanced Studies in Human Resource Management from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He has been working in personnel recruitment since 2004. Already during his studies, he worked as a research employee and subsequently advanced to Head of the in-house research centre from 2008 to 2014 at the Meister Executive Search AG. Lukas Kühne has extensive experience in handling direct search mandates and was entrusted with the role of consultant in spring 2011 with the foundation of pioneering Meister Networks. He has been a partner since January 2015 and in the beginning of 2020 took over the company as managing partner and owner. Lukas Kühne speaks German and English fluently.

Laura De Paolis

Consultant

Laura De Paolis headed the research team for two years and has been a consultant since the end of 2019. Immediately after completing her bachelor’s degree in 2014, she started to work for another renowned executive search company as research analyst and thus has learned the craft of identification and approaching managers and specialists from the ground up. Laura De Paolis completed her master’s degree in international management with a specialisation in diversity recruitment at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in 2017. She speaks fluent German and English.

Stefan Schwendt

Consultant

After successfully completing his mechanical engineering studies with a specialisation in process engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Stefan Schwendt joined the Unilever group in 1994. At Unilever, he was able to gain extensive international experience throughout the entire supply chain and in engineering over an extensive period of 25 years. Thus, Stefan Schwendt possesses detailed end-to-end experience in the areas of R&D, operations (factories), automation and innovation management, quality management, digitisation and the associated change management. He has always seen people as the most important success factor of a company in all his roles in the most diverse regions and cultures, inspiring him to now pursue his passion as a consultant. The idea of recruiting suitable candidates for our clients, who can then grow and develop in the new positions, thus creating added value for themselves and our clients, is what drives Stefan Schwendt. He is fluent in German and English.

Tara Graber

Head Research

Tara Graber has earned her Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Bern and has been appointed as Head Research in October 2020. She has worked in a psychosomatic department of a university hospital before joining Meister Executive Search as research analyst. Ever since, she has gained in-depth insights in the specific recruitment of executive and management positions. The acquired skills and experience have enabled Tara Graber for the goal-oriented and professional leadership of the research team. She speaks German, English and Korean fluently.

Davide Ringgenberg

Research Associate

Davide Ringgenberg graduated from the University of Bern with a degree in economics and has been working in our in-house Research Center since 2018. In September 2020, he was introduced to the role of Research Associate with specialist responsibility and technical leadership. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in identifying and addressing leadership personalities and passes this on to our new employees. German and Italian are his mother tongues, and he speaks English and French fluently.

Lars Aeschbacher

Management Assistant

Lars Aeschbacher joined the Meister Executive Search AG team in 2008 while studying history. Over the years, his area of responsibilities has extended from pure acquisition to a broad management support and administration function. His dedicated understanding of our mission and our quality standards, as well as his persistence, has already opened numerous doors for Meister Executive Search AG. Lars Aeschbacher speaks German and English fluently.

Giorgio Albisetti

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Giorgio Albisetti is an accomplished lawyer and notary public further holding an Executive MBA degree from the University of St. Gallen. He has joined the family-owned company Von Graffenried Group in 2009, and acts as Chairman of the Executive Board of Von Graffenried AG Liegenschaften since 2017. Giorgio Albisetti contributes with his experience as entrepreneur, his innovative spirit, extensive network and valuable strategic skills to various boards of directors and foundation boards. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meister Executive Search AG since January 2020.

Research Center

We are proud of our powerful research team under the management of Tara Graber. Our research analysts are responsible in their respective projects for the market analysis, identification of suitable candidates and the establishment of initial contact with target candidates. Through regular training and further education in research and active sourcing, we ensure that we have the optimal and effective method mix at disposal for the market analysis.

Working for Meister Executive Search AG

We are an attractive employer with varied tasks and a high diversity. Would you like to join us and take on new challenges?  

Send your Curriculum Vitae to  graber@meister-executive.ch and we will gladly get back to you!