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Yves Karcher

Yves Karcher

Associate Professor

Prof. Yves Karcher, Swiss and French, teaches at the E/MBA level at Business School Lausanne.

He received a Master of Sciences of INPG Grenoble in 1982 and an EMBA from IMD in 2004. He joined Hewlett Packard as Hardware Engineer, then became Software Engineer at AGIE. He joined Logitech in 1989 and held various leadership roles in IT, Quality, software development and enterprise projects.

In 1999, Yves led Logitech Engineering as Director for mice and later as Vice-President for all Consumer Computing products. Experimenting with innovation, new technologies and customer insights methods, he partnered closely with General Managers and the CEO to define and implement the strategy, the road-map and the global execution plan, including organizational designs, that delivered double digit growth for mature categories and that successfully introduced new ones. He led and developed a group of up to 400 engineers in Switzerland, Ireland, US/Silicon Valley, Taiwan, China and India. At the same time, as Swiss site leader, he created an environment on the EPFL campus that further fostered collaboration and innovation for 220+ employees.

In December 2014, Yves Karcher retired from the corporate world and created InnoExec to share what he learnt on Innovation and Execution to companies and students.

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