MARKUS JERGER is a Swiss/German entrepreneur, historic real estate developer, counsellor, member of the board of a variety of high performing companies, influential associations, think tanks and business organisations.


Since 1866 the Jerger family’s activities includes the industrial manufacturing of clocks and time measure instruments, the development and licensing of patents, trademarks and distribution rights, and the restoration and reconstruction of real estate, hotels and properties of historic significance, some dating back to the 10th Century. 

Markus Jerger is Federal Executive Director of the Federal Association for Small and Medium Businesses of Germany (THE MITTELSTAND BVMW), and is the acting Managing Director of BVMW INTERNATIONAL uniting the interests of more than 900,000 companies from all business sectors. The BVMW association operates some 340 regional offices in Germany and 65 international offices with a workforce of some 500 staff, experts, specialists and partners. The BVMW is the largest voluntarily organised and cross-sectoral economic interest group for the German small and medium enterprises.

Markus Jerger is also Co-President of EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURS CEA-PME, the European Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Brussels. European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is the largest confederation of voluntarily associated small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The business federation which currently counts 25 European associations among its members, with more than 2.1 million enterprises, employing over 16 million people. It maintains relationships with 11 partner associations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Markus Jerger had held leadership positions and exclusive partnerships with the International Olympic Committee, the Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Group and was member of the Supervisory Board of Colony Capital´s renowned LaTour Medical Group in Switzerland.

He is a visiting professor for ‘Leadership and Entrepreneurship’ and Co-Chairman of the SME ACADEMY COUNCIL of UNECON State University of Economics of Saint Petersburg, and has served the educational board of the International Center Lomonosov University in Geneva, Switzerland of which he holds an honorary professorship. He also lectures at conferences in new leadership vision and global business development. During 2010 Markus Jerger was Member of the Executive Committee of the European Group of THE TRILATERAL COMMISSION.

Markus Jerger is a member of ACATECH GESELLSCHAFTSPOLITISCHER BEIRAT, an advisory think tank of the DEUTSCHE AKADEMIE DER TECHNIKWISSENSCHAFTEN.

Other board positions include :

Chairman of the board of STIFTUNG DEUTSCHER MITTELSTAND (BVMW STIFTUNG)

Honorary member of AMBASSADORS CLUB OF GERMANY eV., the association of ambassadors accredited in Germany

Deputy Secretary General and member of the board of SME ALLIANCE for AFRICA

Speaker of the MITTELSTANDSALLIANZ (PDF) , the alliance of 35 business association uniting 900.000 members of various German business sectors.


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