Jakob Baer (1944) started his career in 1971 at the Federal Finance Administration. From 1975 until 1991, he was with Fides Group, where he held various positions (as Consultant, Head of Legal Department, Branch Office Manager Zurich, Member of the Division Management Advisory Services). During 1991/1992, Jakob Baer led the planning and execution of the management buyout of the Advisory Services unit of Fides Group, which became part of KPMG Switzerland. He was a member of the Executive Committee of KPMG Switzerland from 1992 until 1994. From 1994 to 2004, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of KPMG Switzerland and was a member of KPMG’s European and International Leadership Boards. Jakob Baer was Counsel at Niederer Kraft & Frey AG, attorneys at law, Zurich, Switzerland, from 2004 to 2009. Jakob Baer served as a member of the Board of Directors of Adecco from 2004 until April 2012.
Jakob Baer is Chairman of Stäubli Holding AG, member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re, Rieter Holding AG, Allreal Holding AG and IFBC AG, all in Switzerland.
He was admitted to the bar (1971) and subsequently obtained a doctorate degree in law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Berne, Switzerland.