Ozeania Reisen AG New Managing Director

Clare Walker, present Managing Director/CEO, has released the official statement today, that she will pass the baton to Fabio Merki
as new Managing Director per 1st January 2020.

Continuity – Stability – Reliability:

he move in this direction has been long planned since 2017 when we joined forces with the Globetrotter Group AG, Switzerland. At that time Clare Walker mentioned that her goal was to secure continuity, stability and reliability of her successful company when she would eventually pass the baton to a new Managing Director. The time for this has now arrived:

Fabio Merki, a long-standing Team Member of ozeania will begin his new position as Managing Director per 1.1.2020. Fabio, after 1.5 years of being trained into the Management of ozeania, is now ready for his new challenge. Clare will continue to support Fabio and Team Ozeania in a coaching and consulting capacity.

Yolanda Herzog, Ursula Erne and Hanny Geiser will retain their minority shares.

Clare’s future plans include finishing her training to become a Dog Physio-Therapist, some extensive travels and the moving forward of their project “Vanuatu” where she and her husband bought a land-lease in 2013.

Fabio Merki:

Before Fabio Merki started his apprenticeship at Ozeania Reisen AG in 2002, he spent a 10-month English language study course in
Christchurch, New Zealand. During this time he gained his passion for the destinations of Oceania. Following his apprenticeship he was a specialist Travel-Designer for Ozeania Reisen AG. In the years 2012 and 2013 his job also contained the position of Product Manager for the department “English Language Study in Oceania”. In 2017 he successfully achieved a degree in Business Management. Per 1.1.2019 the Board promoted him to Deputy Managing Director and per 1.1.2020 he will begin his new position as Managing Director.

A short overview of the history of Ozeania Reisen AG:

  • Dec, 1988: Company founded by Bruno and Ursula Böckli
  • Jan, 2006: Management Buy-Out by longstanding management members: Clare Walker (majority-shareholder, Yolanda Herzog,
    Ursula Erne, Hanny Geiser (minority shareholders)
  • Jan, 2017: Sale of majority of shares to the Globetrotter Group, Switzerland
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