Meet our team

Our team


Gina

Gina Empson – Founder and Director

Holds a BSc in Accounting & Economics from Southampton University, England, and in 1983 qualified in London as a UK Chartered Accountant. She is a member of EXPERTsuisse and a licenced auditor.

Transferred to PwC, as an auditor in 1984, Gina Empson worked thereafter for ten years, within the Serono Group, initially as the Financial Analyst to Fabio Bertarelli, the founder of Ares Serono and subsequently directing operational and commercial companies within the group. In 1999, she founded ICS Corporate Services SA (ICS), a Swiss and independent accounting firm. Ten years later, she created Swiss Labour Contractors, a salary hosting company, heart of The Business Harbour activities. Her clients benefit from her experience that spans more than 30 years in finance.

Gina Empson is a member of several boards: the Banque Cantonale de Genève (BCGE), the pension fund Genesia and the biotech startup Antion Biosciences SA. She acts benevolently for the Association Genèveroule and also volunteers as an auditor for a charitable foundation.

A whirlwind of energy helming a clear course in The Business Harbour as well as on her sailing boat.

Languages : English, French

Laura

Laura Cantini – Business Development Director

Laura, our totally service-oriented Director, energizes, through her natural enthusiasm, both her colleagues and clients at The Business Harbour. Multilingual and multicultural with extensive experience in private banking, alternative investments, HR and career transition consulting as well as organizational and logistics roles, Laura is constantly raising awareness of the benefits of salary hosting for individuals, companies and organizations in an ever-changing work environment.
Always ready for a new challenge, she is the only member of our team to have co-piloted a MIG-31 jet!

Languages: English, French, Italian, German

Inge

Inge Schütz –Director of Salary Hosting Bern Office

Inge, our multilingual Director, looks after our commercial interests in the Swiss-German parts of Switzerland. She holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration. Inge was the Trade Officer at the Embassy of Switzerland in Sweden promoting bilateral trade for several years before creating her own company, Independent Treasury Management, providing financial services to major public and private companies. She has a good understanding of a consultant’s needs and doubts. The perfect balance to help others navigate once outside the Harbour!
Inge is also a founding member and an executive director of the board of the Swedish Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Zurich.

Languages: Swiss German, German, Swedish, English, French, Italian

Cristina

Cristina Burcus – Accounting and Operations Manager

Cristina holds a degree from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and an MSc from the University of Geneva. She joined a financial company where she managed both the accounting and salary administration before exploring the NGO world with the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Coming back to a corporate environment, Cristina has worked with us both in the accounting firm and in the salary hosting company for more than 4 years. As our Accounting and Operations Manager she ensures amongst other responsibilities that the salaries for all our hosted employees are accurate and paid on time!
Cristina brings a much-appreciated professionalism and dedication to our team and to our clients.

Languages: Romanian, French, English

Claude

Claude Perret – Accountant

Claude is an experienced accountant who joined our team in August 2017. He broadened his area of expertise with Berney Associés and obtained his Federal Diploma in 2006. That same year, Claude discovered accounting in a very different context at Freestudios, a video production and postproduction company in Geneva where he was appointed Financial and Administrative Manager.
After four years sailing around the world, it was only natural that Claude dropped anchor at the Harbour, to start a new journey in the accounting world. His know-how and proactive approach make him a valuable member of the team.

Languages: French, English

Hélène

Hélène Tercier – Office Manager

After a BA in multilingual communication, Hélène completed her Masters of Arts in Translation at the Geneva Faculty of Translation and Interpreting in 2015. During her studies, she worked for Swissport at Geneva airport which gave her a keen sense of customer service! Starting with The Business Harbour after her Masters, Hélène oversees our corporate communications and events including the Masterclass programme. Multi-faceted with great communication skills, she applies her common sense within our diverse environment. Hélène has climbed the ranks and recently took the lead of our digital adaptation.

Languages: French, English, Italian

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