Hans Brechbühl is an Associate Professor of Practice at SDA Bocconi School of Management where he leads corporate initiatives and researches/teaches digital transformation, information security and their organizational impact. At SDA Bocconi, he is the Director of the Digital Strategies Roundtable and the Corporate Information Security Roundtable, both initiatives aimed at large companies in Europe and the Americas.
His research interests focus on digital transformation and organizational change, the role of the CIO/CDO and corporate IT in large enterprises, and the challenges of cyber/information security in a collaborative, networked environment. He serves as a judge for the CIO 100 Awards (since 2012) and the University of St. Gallen's Smart IoT and Mobile Business Awards (since 2019), and served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society from 2014-2016. He is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business and at the Institute for Security, Technology and Society at Dartmouth College.
He was the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Strategies and an Adjunct Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth from 2000-2018, where, amongst other responsibilities, he led the center’s outreach and partnership-building efforts, building relationships with Global 1000 corporations in the Americas and Europe. He also founded and served as faculty director of executive education courses in Business Engagement and Information Security for ten years. Prior to Tuck, he was engaged in corporate life, serving as a Senior VP, Global Partnerships in a .com and as Group VP of Corporate Development for Metromedia International Telecommunications, Inc. Prior to Metromedia, he was Managing Director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and in a previous life, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army for ten years, where he led tactical units on the Iron Curtain in Europe.
Hans holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is an alumnus of the University of Michigan’s Global Leadership Program executive course and a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey. He is fluent in English, German and Swiss German, is somewhat conversant in Russian and French, and is working on his Italian. Hans has also served on the Board of Directors of two Waldorf schools for a total of 13 years.