The Pope and the CEO

Andreas Widmer Former Swiss Guard and businessman

Andreas Widmer
Former Swiss Guard and businessman

Former Swiss Guard and successful businessman Andreas Widmer thinks so — and has laid out his reasons in a practical and fascinating new book: The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard. In it, Widmer takes the reader through nine practical lessons. He stresses that business and faith go together and that business can be a wonderful school of virtue and faith. In his address to the Leadership Forum, Andreas will share some of the anecdotes from his book and impart some practical advice from working with teams and building your career to living a balanced life and incorporating faith and prayer into our daily tasks.

About the Speaker

Andreas Widmer is the cofounder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films, and websites to further enterprise solutions to poverty.

Andreas served as a Pontifical Swiss Guard from 1986-1988, protecting Pope John Paul II. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, plus a B.S. in International Business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston.

Andreas is a seasoned business executive. He was an executive in residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group and helped lead Eprise Corporation, Dragon Systems and FTP Software. Widmer has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, and has brought more than 100 leading-edge technology products to market.


When: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 7:30 - 8:45 AM
Where: Putnam Investments, One Post Office Square