Thomas Minder

Thomas Minder (born 26 December 1960 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland) is a Swiss entrepreneur and politician. Minder was elected to the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Schaffhausen in 2011. He is an independent but sits with the Swiss People's Party.[2][3]

Thomas Minder
Member of the Council of States
Assumed office
5 December 2011
Personal details
Born (1960-12-26) 26 December 1960 (age 59)
Political partyIndependent (sits with SVP)
ResidenceNeuhausen am Rheinfall
EducationMBA from Fordham University
OccupationCEO of Trybol[1]
Professionentrepreneur and politician
Known forInitiative "against the rip-off"

He is known in Switzerland for having filed an initiative entitled "against rip-off salaries",[4][5] created on 31 October 2006 and submitted on 26 February 2008, which proposed that the remuneration of executives in public Swiss companies be more tightly controlled by the shareholders. The initiative, one of the world's most restrictive on corporate governance, was accepted by 67.9% of the population and all the cantons on 3 March 2013.

He is the initiator of a Federal law to better protect the concept of "Swissness".[6]


Minder grew up in Neuhausen, attended secondary school at Rosenberg, college at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Neuchâtel and Fordham University, where he obtained an MBA.

He is a first lieutenant commanding a company of fusiliers in the Swiss army. After working in Paris and Zurich, he joined the cosmetics company Trybol[1] in 1995 and has been CEO since 2006.

Minder is single, an ornithologist and member of the World Wildlife Fund, Schaffhouse Bird and Nature Protection Association,[7] Pro Natura,[8] the Association for Transport and Environment[9] and Greenpeace.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "Trybol". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Thomas Minder". Parliament of Switzerland. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Thomas Minder: «Die Verfassung ist kein Wunschzettel»" (in German). SRG. 4 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Eidgenössische Volksinitiative 'gegen die Abzockerei'". 19 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Thomas Minder initiative in English » Maurice's Musings". 18 April 1994. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ "'Swiss' products made by non-Swiss companies spur fight for national brand". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Willkommen | Home | TURDUS - Verein Vogel- und Naturschutz Schaffhausen". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Pro Natura". Pro Natura. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  9. ^ "VCS Verkehrs-Club der Schweiz". VCS Verkehrs-Club der Schweiz. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Greenpeace USA". Retrieved 25 January 2016.

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