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. In May 2021, Barbara Frei will assume global responsibility for the Industrial Automation business unit as Executive Vice President. She also holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the listed company Swiss Prime Site.