The Board of Trustees of Pro Helvetia has adjusted the structure of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Arts Council as of 1 November 2023. The personnel and organizational changes are made in connection with a private relationship that has arisen at executive committee level and serve to prevent any conflicts of interest. They complement all applicable principles of the Foundation’s operations. During the elaboration of the new management structure, the present Director Philippe Bischof informed the Board of his wish to end his mandate as of 30 June 2025.
During its meetings, the last of which took place on 24 October, the Board conducted an in-depth risk analysis of possible conflicts of interest. In addition, discussions were held with all members of the Executive Committee and the Head of HR.
In the interest of the correct management of the Foundation and in the knowledge that no such risks have existed to date, the Foundation Board has decided on personnel and organizational adjustments as of 1 November 2023, which will apply until the departure of the current director at the end of June 2025. These temporary measures are presented below, considering the personal rights of all employees concerned and data protection.
About the Executive Committee
As of 1 November, Philippe Bischof hands over full responsibility for the Global Network & International Affairs sector to Deputy Director Jérôme Benoît. As of 1 November, Jérôme Benoît will be the delegated Director for the Global Network & International Affairs sector and will also represent it on the Executive Committee. This means that Jérôme Benoit will become the direct superior of the sector management. At the same time, Jérôme Benoit is handing over responsibility for the IT Division to the current Director Philippe Bischof.
Philippe Bischof is thus no longer directly superior to his partner with immediate effect. She herself is no longer a member of the Executive Board until the end of June 2025.
These new line responsibilities and professional competencies include clearly defined decision-making powers and avoid conflicts of interest.
The specific responsibilities and competencies are set out in detail in a function description of which the Foundation Board has taken note of.
In future, the Foundation Board meetings will be prepared by a committee consisting of the Director and his Deputy as well as the Presidium and Vice-Presidium of the Foundation Board.
Pro Helvetia’s external Confidentiality Service, which is available to all Pro Helvetia employees in the event of unresolved conflicts in the workplace, now also receives reports of conflicts of interest. The office forwards the relevant information to the Board of Foundation while strictly maintaining confidentiality.
About the Directorate
Philippe Bischof is ending his fixed-term mandate before the end of his term of office and will be stepping down at the end of June 2025. This decision has matured for some time. The timing of the change of director at the end of June 2025 is justified in terms of content, as the financing and implementation of the new Cultural Message will be secured at that time and the business can be handed over to his successor accordingly. After his time at Pro Helvetia, Philippe Bischof would like to move on to the next stage of his career and have more time for his private life.
The Board is grateful to Philippe Bischof for his early announcement. It allows the Foundation Board and the Foundation to arrange his succession with sufficient time and to coordinate associated processes accordingly. Until then, Philippe Bischof will be fully committed to cultural creation from Switzerland and the work of the Foundation.
The post of Director will be published in 2024.
1st November 2023
The Board of Trustees