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. In May 2021, Barbara Frei will assume global responsibility for the Industrial Automation business unit as Executive Vice President. She holds another Board of Directors mandate.


  • 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 Germany, Paris
  • December 2016–June 2017 Zone President Germany, Schneider Electric
  • July 2017–December 2018 Zone President Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Schneider Electric
  • 2019–April 2021 Executive Vice President Europe Operations, Schneider Electric
  • Since May 2021 Executive Vice President Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric
Participation Board of Directors in 2022
Meetings: 12 of 12
Ad hoc meetings: 2 of 3
Circular resolutions: 1 of 1
Participation in meetings of committees in 2022
Compensation Committee: 4 of 4
Circular resolutions: 1 of 1
1,478 (as at 31.12.2022)

Other position of responsibility

  • Member of the Board of Directors and the Peoples Committee of Northvolt AB, Stockholm