ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Stupefaction is the word surfacing in Swiss media over the death, an apparent suicide, of 49-year-old Carsten Schloter, chief executive of Swisscom, a man who appeared to have everything, or close to it. He was an energetic boss who had a reputation for being a good communicator. See Swisscom statement
His body was found at his home this morning near Fribourg and police say they are treating it initially as a case of suicide, without providing details out of respect for his family. Schloter, who was German and spent a large part of his youth in Paris, had been separated from his wife for some time. The couple had three children.
Schloter was one of Switzerland’s best-paid executives, with a salary of CHF1.8 million, and as such was targeted by a popular initiative to cut top salaries. But he had recently said that if shareholders wanted to see him paid less he would go along with it. He joined Swisscom, Switzerland’s semi-public telecom company, in 2000 and he became CEO in 2006, leading the company through a number of significant changes and good growth.
He was an active sportsman who enjoyed mountain hikes and cycling. He’d competed several times in the Glacier Patrol, a demanding winter high-mountain race between Zermatt and Verbier.
Urs Schaeppi, head of Swisscom Switzerland and Schloter’s number two, is replacing him on an interim basis.