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Newsletter change: New communication manager

There has been a change in the communication team within the Roche Employees’ Association (AVR): in July, I took over responsibility for the newsletter from Ebru Wittreck, who is going on to manage the Turkish office of the department for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Basel. 

Allow me to introduce myself: I have been working as a journalist for nearly 20 years. After completing my diploma in journalism at the Medienausbildungszentrum in Lucerne, I have worked in various positions, including at the commuter newspaper "20 Minuten" in Basel, as deputy chief editor for the Baslerstab newspaper, and for the consumer magazine K-Tipp in Zurich. I have headed the editorial office of the Birsfelder Anzeiger for more than six years.

My position with the AVR is an exciting new opportunity for me: previously, I only reported on the pharmaceutical industry from the outside, and now I am suddenly part of it. It is really exciting for me to get an insight into Roche – one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. I consider Roche to be a very innovative and progressive company that attracts the most qualified employees from around the world without neglecting its roots and its important role as an employer in Switzerland. I also notice however that the pharmaceutical industry in general is experiencing a period of change and that Roche is under a great deal of pressure, which will result in some challenges going forward (reorganisations).

This is exactly where the AVR comes into play, as it is committed to employee issues – in difficult times as well as good. I am particularly pleased to be able to make my own contribution as Communication Manager – in keeping with the principle of "Stronger together – your trust in us is what makes us effective". One thing is clear: the strength of any company is measured by its employees. This is why it’s important to take especially good care of them!

Sabine Knosala, AVR Communication Manager