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 audit expert.
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 including the Banque Cantonale Genevoise (BCGE), the pension fund Genesia, the wealth management company Bruellan SA, and the Association Genèveroule, she also volunteers as an auditor for two charitable foundations.
A whirlwind of energy helming a clear course in The Business Harbour as well as on her sailing boat.
Languages : English, French
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 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 Burcus – Accounting and Operations Manager
Cristina holds a degree from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and an MSc from the University of Geneva. After more than three years in a Swiss accounting firm, she joined The Business Harbour as the Accounting and Operations Manager. Her previous accounting experience was with private companies and NGOs in Geneva.
Cristina brings a much appreciated professionalism and dedication to our team and to our clients.
Languages: Romanian, French, English
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 makes him a valuable member of the team.
Languages: French, English
Hélène Tercier – Office Manager
After a BA in multilingual communication, Hélène completed her Masters of Arts in Translation at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of Geneva in 2015. She worked for Swissport Geneva during her studies before joining a Swiss accounting firm for two years. The Business Harbour benefits from her language abilities and her common sense, two advantages that allow her to effectively run our office and website, as well as our office communication. Besides her activity for The Business Harbour, she volunteers as a caption editor, translator and transcriber for TED.
Languages: French, English, Italian