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First meeting of the newly constituted SUISA Board

SUISA Board meetings of September 2015 at a glance: new Board committees set-up, company business strategy revision, SUISA’s staff pension scheme foundation, appointment calendar 2016 and other staff-related and administrative topics. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller and Manu Leuenberger

First meeting of the newly constituted SUISA Board

Apart from being Chairman of the Board at SUISA, Xavier Dayer works as a composer and a lecturer at the University of the Arts, Berne. (Photo: Juerg Isler, isler-fotografie.ch)

The SUISA Board met for the first time for an ordinary meeting in its new setup after the by-elections at the General Assembly 2015 on 29/30 September. Marco Zanotta was re-elected as Vice President for a new period of office. Apart from Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio joining the Board committees as new members, there were only minor changes to the set-up of the Board.

Board committees with new members

The three Board committees are working groups of the 15 member main Board. They are responsible for the preparation and execution of the business they are assigned with. They report to the main Board. All Board members apart from the President of the Board, Xavier Dayer, and the Vice President, Marco Zanotta, are active in one of the three Board committees.

The new set-up of the Board committees is as follows:

Committee for Finance and Controlling
Bertrand Liechti, President
Marco Neeser
Philipp Schnyder
Christian Siegenthaler

Committee for Organisation and Communication
Géraldine Savary, President
Zeno Gabaglio
Irene Kunzelmann
Christian Wicky

Committee for Tariffs and Distribution
Reto Parolari, President
Rainer Bischof
Roman Camenzind
Christian Fighera
Marie Louise Werth

Review of SUISA’s business strategy

One day prior to the Board meetings, the Board members met up for a special strategy seminar. At the occasion of the ordinary meetings, the discussion on the company’s business strategy and future perspectives of the cooperative society were continued in the main Board. The ongoing deliberations will flow into a review of the existing business strategy, and is planned for 2016.

Other agenda items

Apart from some staff-related and administrative topics, the new Board members Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio were elected as members of the Board of SUISA’s Pension Fund for Authors and Publishers (UVF).

The Board also dealt with the staff pension scheme foundation at SUISA (PV): The respective foundation council is made up of employee and employer representatives. Elections as well as changes to the regulations are usually prepared by the foundation council, approved by the Board and subsequently presented to the employees for consent. The Board approved the proposed changes (shortening of deadlines for cash payouts, provisions for semi-retirement and competences). The changes contribute to a more flexible application of the previous provisions.

Finally, dates for the Board meetings in 2016 were agreed. This may sound simple, but it actually isn’t: Our Board members’ main jobs are: composer, songwriter, lyricist, publisher, producer, lecturer, consultant, politician etc. Logistical skills are required to set suitable meeting dates around professional commitments, music fairs, recording or playing sessions and school holidays.

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SUISA Board meetings of September 2015 at a glance: new Board committees set-up, company business strategy revision, SUISA’s staff pension scheme foundation, appointment calendar 2016 and other staff-related and administrative topics. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller and Manu Leuenberger

First meeting of the newly constituted SUISA Board

Apart from being Chairman of the Board at SUISA, Xavier Dayer works as a composer and a lecturer at the University of the Arts, Berne. (Photo: Juerg Isler, isler-fotografie.ch)

The SUISA Board met for the first time for an ordinary meeting in its new setup after the by-elections at the General Assembly 2015 on 29/30 September. Marco Zanotta was re-elected as Vice President for a new period of office. Apart from Marie Louise Werth and Zeno Gabaglio joining the Board committees as new members, there were only minor changes to the set-up of...read more

“Creatives can be proud of their cooperative society SUISA”

One day prior to the General Assembly 2015, the SUISA Board has held meetings in Fribourg. On the agenda were items such as auditors’ reports, changes to the distribution rules, business in relation to the FONDATION SUISA and details surrounding the General Assembly. The SUISA Board bade farewell to Monika Kaelin after her 16 years in office due to the restriction of the period of office. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller and Manu Leuenberger

"Creatives can be proud of their cooperative society SUISA”

Monika Kaelin signs the “Manifest of the SUISA members” during SUISA’s General Assembly 2012. Due to the restriction of the Board members’ period of office, Monika Kaelin retired from the SUISA Board in June 2015 after 16 years in office. During her farewell, she vowed to continue supporting copyright matters. (Photo: Günter Bolzern)

The SUISA Board met on 18 June 2015 in Fribourg for an ordinary meeting. Prior to the meeting of the main Board, the Board Committee for Tariffs and Distribution as well as the Communications and Organisation Committee held their own discussions. The Board committees decide on motions or deliberate and ratify business on behalf of the Board. The most important topics for the meeting of the main Board were the auditors’ reports, changes to the distribution rules, business relating to the FONDATION SUISA and details with respect to the General Assembly which took place on the next day.

Auditors’ reports

In the course of their annual audit, the BDO AG presented three reports: The “report on the annual accounts 2014 for the attention of the General Assembly” (can be accessed in the annual report 2014, page 20) as well as the “explanatory report for the attention of the management and the Board”. The explanatory report must be created upon request by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and is passed on to the supervisory authority in the course of the annual audit of SUISA’s business activities. Based on the “exhaustive report on the annual accounts 2014 for the attention of the Board”, internal processes are optimised and improved. The Board members have taken note of all three reports.

Changes to the distribution rules

The Board discussed changes to the distribution rules in connection with tariffs CT 4 (private copying), PI (sound carriers, music videos), as well as international income. In relation to tariffs CT 4 and PI, the changes affected the structure of the tariffs: In the case of the common tariff for private copying, tariffs CT 4a, 4b and 4c were condensed. The old tariff VM was integrated into the new Tariff PI for sound carriers and music videos.

Such fundamental changes relating to tariff structures often entail changes to the distribution rules. The process for changing the distribution rules is the following: SUISA’s management checks the change and creates a specific proposal. After that, the members of the Distribution and Works Committee, followed by the members of the Board Committee for Tariffs and Distribution decide on the proposal. The change has to then be ratified by the main Board. It is subsequently submitted to the IPI and the supervisory authority of Liechtenstein and, once ratified by them, can enter into force. SUISA informs its members on ratified changes to the distribution rules via the SUISA website, the SUISAblog and SUISAinfo.

FONDATION SUISA

The SUISA Board has newly elected Kathrin Renggli into the foundation council of FONDATION SUISA as a replacement for Peter Schmidlin, who had passed away at the end of May. The Board members have also agreed to two changes in the foundation deed of the FONDATION SUISA.

Preparations for the GA and farewell

Furthermore, the last details for the General Assembly for Friday, 19 June 2015, were discussed. The minutes of the GA is now available for inspection at the SUISA offices in Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano, or can be accessed via the SUISA website (pdf, 54 kb).

After 16 years in office as a SUISA Board member, Monika Kaelin took part in the meeting for the last time in June 2015. Due to the restriction to the period of office she will retire from the Board and is given a heartfelt farewell and a big thank you. Monika Kaelin thinks that creatives should be proud of their cooperative society SUISA. She said that she took her farewell from the Board with quite some melancholy but that she would continue to support copyright issues.

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One day prior to the General Assembly 2015, the SUISA Board has held meetings in Fribourg. On the agenda were items such as auditors’ reports, changes to the distribution rules, business in relation to the FONDATION SUISA and details surrounding the General Assembly. The SUISA Board bade farewell to Monika Kaelin after her 16 years in office due to the restriction of the period of office. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller and Manu Leuenberger

"Creatives can be proud of their cooperative society SUISA”

Monika Kaelin signs the “Manifest of the SUISA members” during SUISA’s General Assembly 2012. Due to the restriction of the Board members’ period of office, Monika Kaelin retired from the SUISA Board in June 2015 after 16 years in office. During her farewell, she vowed to continue supporting copyright matters. (Photo: Günter Bolzern)

The SUISA Board met on...read more