Impression from the ceremony for the appointment of the four new Greater Zurich Ambassadors. Image provided by Greater Zurich Area AG

GZA appoints new ambassadors for the Greater Zurich Area

07 November 2023 10:09

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Zurich - The Greater Zurich Area AG (GZA) has appointed four new Greater Zurich Ambassadors. They represent globally active companies that have established a presence in the region, from which they operate successfully.

The investment promotion agency GZA has appointed four new Greater Zurich Ambassadors to its existing ambassador network: Jeff Poulton (CFO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals), Andreas Raptopoulos (founder and CEO of Matternet), Ophelia Snyder, (co-founder and president of 21.co), and Michael Vollmer (Chief Business Development Officer and Managing Director of Photon Medical Communications). In so doing, GZA is recognizing these individuals’ “outstanding achievements and leadership within their industries, as well as their track record of scaling global organizations into the Greater Zurich Area of Switzerland”, as the organization writes in a press release. The Greater Zurich Ambassadors are vital to conveying the overall message of the Greater Zurich Area both digitally and offline to reach and attract innovative companies and entrepreneurs. In total, GZA has named 46 Greater Zurich Ambassadors.

Jeff Poulton of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on RNAi therapeutics headquartered in the US State of Massachusetts, regards Zurich as a “great location to build a team to lead our international operations”. The drones developed by Matternet from Mountain View, California, have been transporting lab samples between hospitals and laboratories in Zurich since December 2022 on the longest drone delivery route in the world. “Doing business in Zurich is like doing business in the future. The city just works”, as CEO and founder Andreas Raptopoulos explains in the press release.

With offices in both Zurich and New York, 21.co is a global market leader for exchange-traded cryptocurrency products. Its co-founder Ophelia Snyder sees Zurich as an “exceptional place” to base the company. Michael Vollmer’s company Photon Medical Communications, headquartered in Arizona, is commercializing a collaboration platform for qualified medical professionals. He praises the “world-class employee pool, infrastructure, security, beauty, culture and cuisine” that Zurich has to offer. ce/mm

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