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We have over 400 staff spread across 12 sites in 3 linguistic regions – so, as you might guess, there's always lots to report! We would like to provide you with an insight into our daily work, present our members of staff, share our successes with you and keep you generally informed about our activities and news. It all makes for one thing: gripping reading! 

Tree donations thanks to "bike to work"

In 2020 PRIVERA again participated in the bike to work Challenge. Our staff pedalled and ran many kilometres as part of this challenge and demonstrated their strong commitment to our environment in the process. Thanks to this challenge, several thousand trees will be planted in various forests around the world.


Sixteen PRIVERA employees participated in the bike to work Challenge this year. In total, the participants covered 3,666 km by bike and on foot. They have shown their wholehearted commitment – to their health and to the planet.


"We take responsibility for the future."

PRIVERA believes it is important to accept responsibility for the future. This entails, among other things, using our resources in a responsible manner and caring for our environment. That made PRIVERA's decision to put the cost of its thank-you gift towards a donation of trees an obvious choice. All in all, two thirds of the participating companies opted to go down the donation route. Fourteen thousand trees will now be planted with the help of these additional donations.

For its reforestation venture, bike to work is working in partnership with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organisation The organisation works to promote climate protection and the biological diversity of the planet. The reforestation areas are located in Asia, Africa, Central America and North America.


Our environment, as well as the health of our staff, are things that PRIVERA cares deeply about. That's why it will take part in the bike to work Challenge again next year, when perhaps even more kilometres will be completed. We wish to thank our staff for all their efforts, even on those days in 2020 when they were working from home.


bike to work

One Tree Planted



Katharina Bornhauser

Officer Communication

 058 715 62 21

Enhanced tenant services, fewer vacancies thanks to successful project

The PRIVERA "central re-letting" (ZWV) project has resulted in increased client satisfaction and a massive reduction in property vacancies throughout Switzerland. Digitisation has facilitated enhanced service levels and a greater responsiveness to tenant needs, explains project owner Michael Stucki, COO of PRIVERA.


How did "central re-letting" come about?
The introduction of digital applications for rental apartments in November 2016 served as the basis for the introduction of a "Central Re-letting" section (abbreviated to ZWV in German). Prior to the newly created ZWV section, all processes – like online applications for apartments and digital tenant selections – were dealt with by the Property Management section. This project however served to centralise the re-letting process within a newly created section.


What are the advantages of having a separate ZWV section?
The re-letting process not only became standardised throughout Switzerland, but also streamlined and improved in its quality. Property vacancies became reduced by more than 50% thanks to the reduced time required for re-advertising, viewings and re-letting contract conclusion. As a result, the Property Management section can now focus better on the effective management of properties and existing tenants.


Who benefits from the ZWV project?
The streamlined process has resulted in the satisfaction of everyone involved. Tenants can submit all their correspondence including tenancy applications and termination notifications digitally and conveniently. Conversely, the new ZWV section now has the means to re-let properties efficiently and quickly. The specialisation of tasks allows for enhanced tenant services in property management and re-letting.


The "central re-letting" project is a further step into the digital future. The special team not only reduces property vacancies, but also allows for enhanced tenant services. In the future, we will certainly look forward to implementing further innovative and digital projects.



Michael Stucki


 058 715 79 50

Generational change in PRIVERA's Co-ownership Associations division

The Co-ownership Associations (CORE) division at PRIVERA has been bolstered since the autumn of 2020. Andreas Stöckler, the current divisional head as well as a founding and Executive Board member, will enjoy a well-earned retirement in the early summer of 2021.


Oliver Westermann, a real estate expert with extensive asset management experience, will officially succeed him on 1 July 2021. Oliver Westermann is a Swiss-certified real estate fiduciary who has completed an additional qualification as a commercial property economist (IREBS/GCSC). Before joining PRIVERA, he worked as an asset manager for a large Swiss property owner.


To ensure that the handover and familiarisation phase proceeds smoothly, Oliver Westermann already joined PRIVERA on 1 September 2020 and will firstly support Andreas Stöckler for around six months to prepare himself as well as possible before taking over the reins of the CORE division.


We thank Andreas Stöckler for his unwavering commitment and look forward to a productive partnership with Oliver Westermann.


You can read the media release here.



Andreas Stöckler

Head of Co-ownership Associations

 058 715 66 66

Oliver Westermann

Head of Co-ownership Associations

 058 715 63 10

Handover in Construction Management

On 1 August 2020, the management of the Construction Management Division will pass from Ivan Godenzi to Pascal Vonlanthen. This internal handover demonstrates how closely knit the entire Construction Management team is.


The management of the Construction Management Division will pass from Ivan Godenzi to Pascal Vonlanthen on 1 August 2020. We thank Ivan Godenzi for all his hard work and wish him all the best in his further professional career and personal life. His successor comes from the ranks of the existing team.


From 1 August 2020 Pascal Vonlanthen will take over the management of the Construction Management Division. He brings many years of experience in construction project management on behalf of well-known Swiss companies. Previously employed as a team leader at PRIVERA, Mr Vonlanthen was responsible for Construction Management in the Central and Western Switzerland regions where he has already successfully strengthened customer ties and customer satisfaction and continued the acquisition of new clients. "We are convinced that in Pascal we have found an extremely capable and far-sighted person for this key appointment," asserts Michael Stucki, COO of PRIVERA, commenting on the handover.



Pascal Vonlanthen

Head of Construction Management Switzerland

 058 715 62 57

PRIVERA receives a sensational Family Score!

At the start of this year we launched an employee survey in partnership with Pro Familia to help determine how family-friendly PRIVERA is as an employer. All of the results are now in. We were given an outstanding Family Score of 71 points. This puts us substantially above the average for Swiss employers. To say that we are thrilled is an understatement!


In the survey you rated many aspects of working at PRIVERA as very positive. For example, it is appreciated that time off can be taken when overtime is worked and that your family circumstances are also taken into account by managers and the team. Our flexible working hours also came in for praise. The option of working from home was already highly valued before the onset of Covid-19 and given top scores. Here, the situation over the past few weeks has even given us the opportunity to learn a lot more and make further improvements.

"Dieter Sommer, CEO, and Philipp Bigler, Head of HR / Communication / Organisation, with the Family Score award"


Interestingly, the survey also revealed various aspects of our organisation that merit the investment of further time and thought. We will keep everyone updated about any changes that will take place.


A big thank you goes out to everyone who took part in the survey. We are delighted that our employees regard us as a family-friendly company. It goes without saying that we will also continue to work at upholding our family-friendliness in the future!


About the survey: the survey, its analysis and conclusions were carried out by the independent Pro Familia association. Further information:

Please get in touch with us should you have any questions about the Family Score.



Ursula Rufer 

Head of HR Services

 058 715 61 99