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About Us – Our Team - KATAG & Partners AG

About Us – Our Team

Our professional and highly qualified team has the skills you need to succeed! Take advantage of our expertise, dedication and broad range of specialist knowledge.

KATAG & Partners AG

Hanspeter Blättler

Hanspeter Blättler   |   Accountant   |   Partner, Chairman of the Board   |     +41 41 317 37 02   |     hanspeter.blaettler@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Joined KATAG in 1988, initially as a commercial clerk, company officer/authorised signatory, account manager and business consultant. Co-owner.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    School of Economics and Business Administration (HWV) Baden Bachelor of Business Administration (NKS)
  • Positions held  
    Duschdor AG Member of the Board
    Personal Sigma Olten AG Member of the Board
    Swiss Luxury Apartments AG Member of the Board
    KATAG & Partners AG Member of the Board

Martin Küttel

Martin Küttel   |   Consultant   |   Partner, Member of the Board   |     +41 41 317 37 57   |     martin.kuettel@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Training path in the hotel industry including apprenticeship as chef, hotel management school and various positions in the F&B industry both in Switzerland and abroad (Australia, Indonesia). General manager of the Tivoli Hotel in Lucerne, director of the Swissana Clinic Meggen, followed by eight years working as the director of the Jugendstilhotel Paxmontana in Flüeli-Ranft. Joined KATAG as a business consultant in 2008. Initiator of "Swiss Historic Hotels" and initiator/co-author (collaboration with Lucerne University) of a manual on innovative online marketing in the hotel industry. Co-owner.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    Lucerne School of Business Lucerne Executive MBA FHZ
    Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture Kriens CAS Real Estate Valuation FHZ
    University of Bern/Lucerne University Bern/Lucerne Postgraduate programme in "Creating Experiences"
    SAQ Swiss Association for Quality Olten "Systems Organiser for Tourism", SAQ
    Swiss Hotel Management Academy Lucerne Hotelier HF
  • Positions held  
    Swiss Luxury Apartments AG Chairman of the Board
    Hotel Auberge Langenthal Member of the Board
    Künstlerei GmbH Managing Partner
    HHE, Historic Hotels of Europe, Paris
    Organisations in 20 countries across Europe
    Vice-Chairman from 2008 to 2012
    ICOMOS International Council on Monuments and Sites, "The Historic Hotel/Restaurant of the Year“ Jury expert from 2003 to 2012
    Swiss Historic Hotels SHH, Muri bei Bern, 45 Hotels in Switzerland Initiator, founding member, president from 2005 to 2009
    Sachseln/Flüeli-Ranft Tourism Association President from 1999 to 2008
    HistORhotel competence centre, Historic Hotels Vice-President until 2005

Simon Bachmann

Simon Bachmann   |   Accountant   |   Partner, Member of the Board   |     +41 41 317 37 34   |     simon.bachmann@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Dipl. Treuhandexperte, DAS Treuhand- und Unternehmensberatung. Simon Bachmann ist seit 2018 bei KATAG & Partners als Partner tätig. Spezialist in der Treuhand- und Unternehmensberatung und langjährige Erfahrung in der Mandatsleitung. Erfahrung in der operativen Führung eines KMU als CFO. Buchhalterische und steuerliche Beratung für KMU in verschiedenen Branchen. ERP-Projektleitung, Strategie-Beratung, StartUp-Begleitung, Businesspläne, Umstrukturierungen, Finance & Controlling. Diverse regionale Vorstands- und Verwaltungsratsmandate.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    STI Schweizerisches Treuhand-institut Luzern Dipl. Treuhandexperte
    Kalaidos Fachhochschule Luzern DAS Treuhand- und Unternehmensberatung
    STS Schweizerische Treuhänderschule Luzern Treuhänder mit Eidg. Fachausweis
  • Positions held  
    Sport-Club Kriens 1944 Mitglied der GL "Finanzen"
    Kleinfeld AG Mitglied des Verwaltungsrates
    Metallbau Widmer AG Mitglied des Verwaltungsrates
    KATAG & Partners AG Mitglied des Verwaltungsrates

Christina Fischbach

Christina Fischbach   |   Consultant   |     +41 41 317 37 08   |     christina.fischbach@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Housekeeping manager in a four-star, family-run business in Glion and receptionist/concierge in a five-star hotel in Taupo, New Zealand. Graduated from the Management Trainee programme at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Whistler and obtained a permanent position at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. Moved into the consulting industry, working as a business consultant on valuations, concept analyses and a range of studies and assessments of competitors for banks and hotels in French-speaking Switzerland. Worked on a range of tasks for the inauguration of a four-star hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia and a three-star hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan. Market surveys, feasibility studies and support for projects in Russia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Italy and Switzerland.
    Employed part-time at KATAG since October 2010 and appointed to a full-time position as a business consultant in August 2013.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    University of Liechtenstein Vaduz Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (Major: Finance)
    Lausanne Hotel School Lausanne Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management (Minor: Resort and Development)
  • Positions held  
    RECAP AG Leasing and management of residential properties
    SSI-Schäfer und Schäfer Werke GmbH Organised and ran training and development seminars for the younger generation of company owners

Dominique Julen

Dominique Julen   |   Consultant   |     +41 41 317 37 56   |     dominique.julen@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Different trainings in the departments F&B, rooms, events, sales & marketing in Switzerland and abroad (England, Spain, Italy). Assistant General Manager at the Hotel Restaurant Simplonblick (family business) in Raron and in the four-star Backstage Boutique Spa Hotel and Hotel Simi in Zermatt. Afterwards account manager at booking.com in Munich, Germany, responsible for the Zugspitz and the lake Tegernsee area in the region of Southern Bavaria. Business development manager at best2find, recruitment consultancy in Munich and Bonn, Germany.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Bluche Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management
    Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Lausanne Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management
  • Positions held  
    Charity organisation Hand in Hand dein Nächster Founder/Member
    Swiss Academic Ski Club Member

Kathrin Vontobel

Kathrin Vontobel   |   Consultant   |     +41 41 317 37 54   |     kathrin.vontobel@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
  • Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice HF/SHL. Kathrin Vontobel has been working in the corporate and operational consultancy KATAG & Partners AG since 2018. Knowhow in Restaurant Management with focus on marketing, sales and conception. 10 years of management experience in F&B and catering in one of the largest gastronomical companies in Central Switzerland and in a leading 5-star hotel. Currently in a ongoing education program (CAS Digital Customer Experience) at the University of Lucerne with the aim of a MAS in Digital Marketing and Communication Management.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    Swiss Hotel Management Academy Lucerne Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice HF/SHL
         

Michèle Keller

Michèle Keller   |   Accountant   |     +41 41 317 37 01   |     michele.keller@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
  • Held a range of positions in the hotel industry prior to and while studying for the qualification as a Hotelier and Restaurant Manager (dipl.). Provided support for multiple projects including the inauguration of a four-star hotel in central Switzerland Subsequently studied business administration at the Lucerne School of Business. Three years of professional experience in an international accountancy firm. Joined KATAG as an account manager in January 2015.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    Lucerne School of Business Lucerne Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in controlling & accounting
    Swiss Hotel Management Academy Lucerne Hôteliere und Restauratrice (Eidg. dipl., HF/SHL)

Bernadette Abbt

Bernadette Abbt   |   Authorised Representative   |     +41 41 317 37 39   |     bernadette.abbt@katag.ch

Career
  • Completed a business apprenticeship and then spent several years working in the field of finance and accounting. Has worked at KATAG since 2001 as part of the financial and management accounting team.

Ljiljana Nuozzi-Eric

Ljiljana Nuozzi-Eric   |   Accounting Clerk   |     +41 41 317 37 27   |     ljiljana.eric@katag.ch

Career
  • Completed business college with a higher vocational diploma. Joined KATAG in 2011 as an accounting clerk.

Seline Tanner

Seline Tanner   |   Accounting Clerk   |     +41 41 317 37 07   |     seline.tanner@katag.ch

Career
  • Berufsausbildung als Konditor-Confiseur und Abschluss der Handelsschule. Praktikum von August 2015 bis Juli 2016 bei der KATAG. Seit August 2016 als Sachbearbeiterin tätig.

Dijana Bekcic

Dijana Bekcic   |   Accounting Clerk   |     +41 41 317 37 06   |     dijana.bekcic@katag.ch

Career
  • Berufsausbildung als Bäckerin-Konditorin mit anschliessender Berufsmaturität. Erfahrungen in diesem Beruf wie auch als Stellvertretende Filialleiterin in der Textilbranche. Abschluss der Handelsschule 2016. Praktikum von Juli 2016 bis Juni 2017 bei der KATAG. Seit Juli 2017 als Sachbearbeiterin tätig.

External partners/experts

KATAG Treuhand AG

Stephan Kurman

Stephan Kurmann   |   Consultant   |   Partner, Chairman of the Board      |     +41 41 317 37 35   |     stephan.kurmann@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Graduated from the School of Economics and Business Administration in Horw in 1985. Subsequently spent 6 years working at International Catering Services (ICS), a subsidiary of Swissair at that time and the predecessor of Gate Gourmet. Progressed from the position of Operations Manager in Cairo, Egypt to Area Controller, Corporate Controller and CFO at the company's headquarters in Zurich.

    Joined KATAG in 1991, initially as a business consultant and real estate specialist. Appointed as Managing Director in 1997 and became partner and co-owner in 2002.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    School of Economics and Business Administration (HWV) Horw Bachelor of Business Administration
    Swiss Institute of Business Administration (SIB) Zurich Degree in Financial Controlling from the SIB
    Executive MBA (MWS/HWV Lucerne) Horw Degree
    Swiss Certified Real Estate Professional Zurich Degree
  • Positions held  
    Hotel Montreux Palace AG Chairman of the Board
    Hotel International Oerlikon AG (Swissôtel Zürich Oerlikon) Chairman of the Board
    Le Plaza Basel-Stadt AG (Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel) Chairman of the Board
    Weriwald AG (Hotel Intercontinental Davos) Chairman of the Board
    Swiss Luxury Apartments AG Member of the Board
    Hotel Sempachersee AG (a company of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation in Nottwil) Member of the Board
    Remimag/Gamag, restaurant chain with more than 25 outlets Member of the Board
    SJH – Association of Swiss Youth Hostels Chairman of the Board
    SSST – Swiss Foundation for Social Tourism Member of the Board of Trustees
    EUFED (European Union Federation of Youth Hotel Association) Member of the Board
    Spyrigarten Hirzel charitable organisation Chairman of the Board
    Mövenpick Bediente Gastronomie Member of the Board until 2008
    LTI Tours Ltd., tourism company in Lucerne Member of the Board until 2007
    KATAG Treuhand AG Chairman of the Board

André Zöllig

André Zöllig   |   Accountant   |   Partner, Member of the Board   |     +41 41 317 37 05   |     andre.zoellig@katag.ch

Career
Qualifications
Positions held
  • Studied at the School of Economics and Business Administration in Horw and the Kammerschule Zurich, now known as the Academy of the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants, graduating as a qualified Chartered Accountant and Auditor. Subsequently spent 10 years working at the Cantonal Tax Authority in Nidwalden, Stans as a deputy tax administrator and head of the audit department.

    Joined KATAG in 2001 as Head of Accounting and became partner and co-owner in 2002.

  • Institute / course Location Qualification
    School of Economics and Business Administration (HWV) Horw Bachelor of Business Administration
    Kammerschule Zurich Zurich Chartered Accountant and Auditor
    Executive MBA (MWS/HWV Lucerne) Horw Degree
    Accredited by the Swiss Federal Audit Oversight Authority (RAB) Bern Registered as an audit expert with ID no. 502712
  • Positions held  
    KATAG Treuhand AG Member of the Board

Past, present and future

Origins in the canteen business

On March 8, 1960 the Association of Swiss Brewers founded the company 'Kantinen Treuhand AG' in Lucerne.

The company's purpose was clearly spelt out in its name. The goal was to find canteen operators, train them up, and allocate them to the canteens that were operating on the large-scale building sites common at the time ( e.g. for motorways, reservoirs and power plants). The company would then provide them with tax, accounting and consulting services. The brewers had a clear and pressing reason for founding the company that would later become KATAG: they wanted to prevent the "Volksdienst" organisation (now known as SV Service) from taking over the canteens and enforcing their stated policy goal of stopping the sale of alcohol!

 

Origins in the canteen business

Where we are today – a modern tax, accounting and consulting firm

The company 'Kantinen Treuhand AG' gradually evolved into its current incarnation as a modern service provider for the hotel and restaurant sectors.

Its current purpose is described in the trade register as follows: "furnishing services and advice for all areas of the hospitality, hotel and tourism industries in Switzerland; acquisition, administration, management, encumbrance and disposal of land; investments and shareholdings; pursuance of all commercial, financial and other activities." Nowadays, the brewers only play a minimal role in the business as shareholders. The 120‘000.- Swiss francs of share capital is now in the hands of the three managing partners. The share capital has been paid up in full.

 

Where we are today – a modern tax, accounting and consulting firm

Setting high standards by focusing on quality

We specialise in the Swiss hotel and restaurant market (including Lichtenstein).

By focusing on this clearly defined market, we are able to offer high-quality professional services in the fields of tax, accountancy and business consulting. Our success is based on our willingness to continuously develop our services by responding pragmatically to our customers' evolving needs. It is these needs – together with the requirements of the market – which set our strategic course. Instead of obsessively striving for growth, we aim to generate a sufficient contribution margin to secure the future of our company by focusing on the quality of our client mandates.

 

Setting high standards by focusing on quality


The benefits of working with KATAG include:

  • professional, high-quality services and advice
  • an integrated approach to pinpointing problems and developing pragmatic, innovative solutions
  • many years of experience and expertise in the industry
  • highly qualified employees who show initiative and enterprise
  • fair and ethical relationships with our stakeholders
  • clear and transparent communication
  • teamwork, a cooperative management style and modern employment practices

 

Could you benefit from our support?

We look forward to hearing from you!
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Links to Partners

Associations

Hotelleriesuisse

Hotelleriesuisse is the number one hotel association in Switzerland.

We are a member of the Swiss Fiduciary Association.


 
Schweizerischen Treuhandkammer

The website of the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants provide useful information on upcoming events, training and development courses, and publications.

Immobilien-Treuhänder SVIT

Click the SVIT logo to learn more about the Swiss Real Estate Association.

Hotel Management Schools

ASEH

ASEH is the association of Swiss hotel and restaurant management schools. Their website provides details of hotel and restaurant management schools in Switzerland including quality criteria and statistical information on their student intake (age, gender, nationality, etc.).

 

Public Administration

Eidgenössische Steuerverwaltung

Information on tax issues on a national level.

Hotel occupancy levels and accommodation statistics for Switzerland.


 
Schweizerische Steuerkonferenz

Information on tax issues on a cantonal level.

 
 

Trade press

Hotel- und Tourismusrevue

The hotelrevue is the professional journal for the hotel industry and tourism in Switzerland.

Salz- und Pfeffer

Salz & Pfeffer is the Swiss magazine for gourmets, fashionistas and night owls.


 
Gastro Journal

Gastro Journal is published by the GastroSuisse association for hotels and restaurants in Switzerland.

Gourmetworld

Gourmetworld is a web portal that offers a range of hotel, foodservice and restaurant services including job ads, a used goods section, property ads, etc.


 
Marmite Zeitschrift

Marmite is an independent Swiss journal specialising in food and drink culture.

 
 

Communication Partners

horv-art.ch

Susan Horvath creates inspiring designs to bring your content to life. A self-employed graphic and web designer, she offers a wide range of services in the fields of web design, corporate design and traditional media.

step2web.ch

We design professional, tailor-made websites which offer a user-friendly experience and comply with all the latest standards. As well as getting your website online, we also provide long-term support to keep things running smoothly.


 
BA Media GmbH

BA Media GmbH is a small yet highly regarded publishing house which specialises in corporate publications and publishes its own magazines in the tourism market. Concepts and content for effective corporate communications.

 

 

Projects & References

Projects and References

Inspiring Hotel Concepts

Inspiring Hotel Concepts

Industry Review

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