President, FC Basel, Switzerland

In professional football, the drill consists of winning for everyone. Results of a game determine only a short-term image and economic success of clubs and players. In such a hectic environment, deeply affected by media as well, the belief in and living of values and ethical behaviour are of utmost importance. This makes leadership credible and builds a base for sustainable high-performance of a team.

Bernhard Heusler, a qualified Attorney at Law and Commercial Lawyer, entered into the partnership of a legal firm in 2000. In August 2014, he has moved to Walder Wyss AG in Basel where he is acting as legal counsel. Since 2003, Bernhard Heusler has devoted his time increasingly to the FC Basel 1893. Initially contracted as a legal advisor to the Board, he was elected as Vice President of the FCB in 2006, and as delegate of the board took over the responsibility of managing the club’s day-to-day operations in 2009. Since the beginning of 2012, he holds the majority of the shares in FC Basel Holding AG and acts as President of the FC Basel 1893 AG and associated companies, which currently employ 250 people and generates in the range of EUR 80 and 120 million in revenue.

In connection with his responsibility for the FC Basel 1893 are (i) the membership in the Swiss Football League Committee, (ii) the activities as club representative in the European Club Association, (iii) the representation of Switzerland in the UEFA Club Competition Committee and (iv) his acting as arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS/TAS) in Lausanne.

Besides his activities in the field of football, Bernhard Heusler is part of various boards of directors, e.g. with the listed retail company Valora AG.

Furthermore, he is president of the “Stiftung für kranke Kinder in Basel” (a foundation for ill children).