Barbara Frei


Member of the Board of Directors since 2012
Born 1970
Swiss citizen
Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Doctorate (Dr. sc. Techn.), Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
MBA, IMD Lausanne

Portrait Barbara Frei

Barbara Frei has been a member of the Swisscom Board of Directors since 2012. After her degree in Mechanical Engineering, she completed a PHD in 1998 at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. In 2007, she completed a Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at IMD Lausanne. From 1998 to 2016, Barbara Frei has held a number of management positions at ABB, including Country Manager and Managing Director. In 2016, she became Chair of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric Germany, 2019 Executive Vice President Europe Operations. She serves on the Board of Schneider Group as well as other Boards of Directors.


1998–2016 Various managerial positions within the ABB Group

2008–2010 Country Manager of ABB s.r.o, Prague

2010–2013 Country Manager of ABB S.p.A., Sesto San Giovanni and Mediterranean Regional Manager

2013–2015 Managing Director, Drives and Control Unit, ABB

2016 Head of Strategic Portfolio Reviews for the Power Grids Division

Since December 2016, Chair of the Executive Committee, Schneider Electric GmbH Germany, Paris

December 2016–June 2017 Zone President Germany, Schneider Electric GmbH

July 2017–December 2018 Zone President Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Schneider Electric GmbH
  Since January 2019, Executive Vice President Europe Operations, Schneider Electric GmbH

Participation in meetings of the Board of Directors in 2019

Meetings: 13 of 13
Telephone conferences: 1 of 1
Circular resolutions: 2 of 2

Participation in meetings of committees in 2019

Compensation Committee: 3 of 3


1,047 (as at 31.12.2019)

Other positions of responsibility

  • Chair (Formand) of Schneider Nordic Baltic A/S
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Prime Site, Olten

All details valid as of 30 November 2020